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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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What Matters in General Music?

What Matters in General Music?

(p.267) 14 What Matters in General Music?
Praxial Music Education

David J. Elliott

Oxford University Press

Music educators commonly agree that the primary purpose of general music education is to enable young people to progress musically by acquiring skills and understandings through musical experience itself. The praxial philosophy of David Elliott offers direct assistance to general music teachers because its concepts of music making and listening take into account the primarily embodied nature of music and offer clear guidance for musically educating children. The praxial view of general music education affirms the complexity of children as reflective music makers and validates listening, performing, improvising, composing, arranging, and conducting as interdependent forms of creative doing. This philosophical acknowledgment of the musical wholeness and complexity of children as reflective music makers is to be applauded. What matters in general music, then, is that music teachers affirm children's musical potentials and capabilities, widen their musical access, and strengthen professional practice. This chapter makes explicit how practical applications of the praxial philosophy can enhance the quality of general music programs.

Keywords:   general music, musical experience, music making, music listening, children

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