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The Child as MusicianA handbook of musical development$
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Gary E. McPherson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198744443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744443.001.0001

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The child as music critic

The child as music critic

(p.284) Chapter 15 The child as music critic
The Child as Musician

Paul Woodford

Oxford University Press

This chapter critiques the still influential traditional conception of the music critic (based on the nineteenth-century notion of musical autonomy) by historicizing and politicizing that and related discourses so that children might realize that much of what they assume as natural or true is only historical artifact, myth, or illusion. A more holistic conception of music criticism is offered that seeks to locate music and music education within broader social, cultural, and political webs of knowledge. The remainder of the chapter then critiques recent educational practice and reforms that may frustrate the development of critical consciousness in children by failing to ensure that they are provided with the intellectual conditions that can provoke, foster, and sustain it. The chapter concludes with the recommendation that children should learn to think of political and historical studies as critical tools for challenging conventional accounts and practices.

Keywords:   critic, music critic, music education, consciousness, criticism, history, politics

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