Finding purpose in music education
Why Music Matters
- Realms of Meaning – Philip H. Phenix (McGraw Hill, 1964)
- Learning and Teaching the Ways of Knowing – (U. Chicago Press, 1985) Elliot Eisner, Ed.
- Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences – Howard Gardner (Basic Books, 1983)
The Arts and Cognition
A Comparison of Symbol Systems – The Sciences
A Comparison of Symbol Systems – The Arts
Forms of Symbol Use in the Arts
Music Education as Aesthetic Education
What is the Purpose of Music Education?
- To enrich student’s lives by leading them to and through the expressiveness found in music as art.
- To help students understand that life is not always objective and that certain things simply cannot be expressed by words or numbers.
- To give students the opportunity to experience artistic communication (expression) and artistic sharing.
- To help students gain musical knowledge, to improve musical skills, and to engage in musical thinking.
- To allow students to experience the various ways that humans interact with music (singing, playing, composing, arranging, improvising, evaluating, conducting, etc.)
- To help students become ambassadors of musicianship while developing a lifelong love of music.
- To allow students to struggle with musical issues…
- What is music?
- Must one like music?
- How does music elicit feelings?
- What is better, pop music or classical music?
- To pass along one’s artistic heritage, sharing the historical-cultural-musical context of specific compositions or aural-tradition songs.
- To instill in students the idea that there is little value in making a prosperous living if one does not know how to live an enriched life.