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Praxial Music EducationReflections and Dialogues$
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David J Elliott

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385076.001.0001

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Praxial Foundations of Multicultural Music Education

Praxial Foundations of Multicultural Music Education

(p.196) 11 Praxial Foundations of Multicultural Music Education
Praxial Music Education

David J. Elliott

Oxford University Press

In his 1995 book Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education, David Elliott argues that music is inherently multicultural. Elliott synthesized elements of a post-positivist epistemology emerging in education, cognitive studies, aesthetics, and musicology with the musical and cultural inclusiveness of ethnomusicology. This chapter examines some core concepts and definitions and presents a number of counterexamples and arguments to soften Elliott's position on musical performance and listening. In addition, the chapter problematizes notions of authenticity and multiculturalism in order to avert simplistic models in the actual delivery of music education. Before considering the practical, pedagogical applications of Elliott's praxial philosophy, its conceptual foundations are first discussed, beginning with a definition of the term “music”. The notions of mind and body in music making as well as authenticity, context, and representation are also explored.

Keywords:   multiculturalism, music, musical performance, music listening, music making, authenticity, context

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