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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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Community Music and Praxialism

Community Music and Praxialism

Narratives and Reflections

(p.308) 17 Community Music and Praxialism
Praxial Music Education

David J. Elliott

Oxford University Press

In his 1995 book Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education, David Elliott targets formal music education more than nonformal music instruction, or what many people now call community music (CM). The spirit of Elliott's praxial philosophy and many of his basic principles have been welcomed warmly by CM practitioners around the world. A key concept behind CM is that much music teaching and learning is facilitated by excellent musicians who may or may not call themselves teachers and who do not hold official teaching certification. This chapter fuses narrative inquiry, ethnography, and conceptual analysis to examine “hidden” or nonformal musics, processes, and frames of reference as well as contemporary concepts and articulations of CM and compares them with details of Elliott's praxialism. Elliott's concept of musical practices is also discussed, along with the importance of context in music, development of music curricula in relation to the contexts of musical practices, and values and goals of music programs.

Keywords:   praxialism, community music, musical practices, context, curriculum

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