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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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Communities, Curricula, and Conservatories

Communities, Curricula, and Conservatories

A Critique

(p.89) Chapter 5 Communities, Curricula, and Conservatories
Facing the Music

Huib Schippers

Oxford University Press

Acknowledging the importance of the learning environment for music education at all levels, this chapter critically examines formal, non‐formal and informal settings for learning and teaching music, and the underlying perceptions and conceptions. It demonstrates that many ‘certainties’ in music education do not hold up when viewed from a global perspective, and that even within well‐developed education systems such as that for western art music, practices may be based on ideas that have been discarded long ago. Reflections on the philosophical and historical basis for many contemporary curricula lead to a critical perspective on formal music education at various levels, and an opening to reappraise music learning in community settings and other cultures.

Keywords:   conservatoires, learning environment, curriculum, formal, informal, community music

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