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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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Why Don’t I Feel Included in These Musics, or Matters

Why Don’t I Feel Included in These Musics, or Matters

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Praxial Music Education

David J. Elliott

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines David Elliott's definition of musicing based on his praxial philosophy of music education and argues that a primary reason for music making is identity affirmation. In his 1995 book Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education, David Elliott is mostly concerned with technical and performative aspects of musicing, which offer musicers limited identities. Because context is the playground for identity formation, Elliott's discussion of context is considered and some extensions are given. Several examples that suggest diversified issues for Elliott's theorizing are provided. These issues are discussed from the perspective of feminist politics, which celebrates and recognizes difference. The chapter also considers the question: When will music education theorizing catch up with and recognize the last twenty years of theorizing in other disciplines.

Keywords:   musicing, music, context, music making, identity, feminist politics

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