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Facing the MusicShaping Music Education from a Global Perspective$
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Huib Schippers

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379754.001.0001

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The Myth of Authentic Traditions in Context

The Myth of Authentic Traditions in Context

A Deconstruction

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(p.41) Chapter 3 The Myth of Authentic Traditions in Context
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Facing the Music
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Huib Schippers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379754.003.0003

This chapter argues the case for regarding constructs such as tradition, authenticity and context, often considered cornerstones of cultural diversity in music education, as much more dynamic than is frequently assumed. Scrutinising these concept from the perspective of multiple traditions (including the western canon), it highlights the concepts of living traditions, strategic inauthenticity, and especially recontextualization as a rule rather than an exception. It continues by exploring what strategies can be used to handle these concepts in music education with sense and flexibility, doing justice to the background of the musical styles and genres. This leads to a departure from a common insistence on striving for ‘authenticity’ in presenting the music from other cultures in the classroom that may be fallacious from the start.

Keywords:   tradition, authenticity, context, recontextualization

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