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Routledge International Companion to Education by Bob Moon, Sally Brown, Miriam Ben-Peretz

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MUSIC EDUCATION: WHERE NOW?

Keith Swanwick

 

 

Early in the twentieth century, Jacques-Dalcroze drew attention to a tendency of music education to detach itself from the mainstream culture.

Before everything else, always make sure that the teaching of music is worthwhile. And there must be no confusion as to what is understood by ‘music’. There are not two classes of music: one for adults, drawing rooms, and concert halls, the other for children and schools. There is only one music, and the teaching of it is not so difficult a matter as scholastic authorities are apt to suggest at their congresses.

(Jacques-Dalcroze, 1967 [1915], p. 98)

Jacques-Dalcroze might not have thought the matter quite so simple had he been exposed to the range of ...

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