Techniques for Exploring Why and How Music Matters
Ethnomusicological methods and perspectives provide important contributions to twenty-first-century music pedagogy. In this chapter I make a number of claims regarding (1) the effective teaching of music and what it entails; (2) how heightening awareness of the gap between far and near may be most effectively addressed; and (3) how effective enactment of these teaching goals may aid student engagement with issues in the outside world. I offer three case studies to illustrate the techniques I lay claim to. I conclude with a description of core curriculum reforms at the Austin branch of the University of Texas, reforms that embody these and related pedagogical techniques, and reflect on the consequences of their implementation.
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