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Giving Voice to Democracy in Music Education
Diversity and Social Justice in the Classroom

Edited By

Lisa C. DeLorenzo

ISBN 9781138849389
Published November 18, 2015 by Routledge
286 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines how music education presents opportunities to shape democratic awareness through political, pedagogical, and humanistic perspectives. Focusing on democracy as a vital dimension in teaching music, the essays in this volume have particular relevance to teaching music as democratic practice in both public schooling and in teacher education. Although music educators have much to learn from others in the educational field, the actual teaching of music involves social and political dimensions unique to the arts. In addition, teaching music as democratic practice demands a pedagogical foundation not often examined in the general teacher education community. Essays include the teaching of the arts as a critical response to democratic participation; exploring democracy in the music classroom with such issues as safe spaces, sexual orientation, music of the Holocaust, improvisation, race and technology; and music teaching/music teacher education as a form of social justice. Engaging with current scholarship, the book not only probes the philosophical nature of music and democracy, but also presents ways of democratizing music curriculum and human interactions within the classroom. This volume offers the collective wisdom of  international scholars, teachers, and teacher educators and will be essential reading for those who teach music as a vital force for change and social justice in both local and global contexts.

Table of Contents

Introduction Lisa C. DeLorenzo Part 1: Music Education in a Democracy 1. Artistic Citizenship, Personhood, and Music Education David J. Elliott 2. Why Do We Educate in a Democracy? Implications for Music Education Nicholas Michelli and Tina Jacobowitz 3. Confronting Innocence: Democracy, Music Education, and the Neoliberal ‘Manipulated Man’ Paul Woodford 4. Neoliberalism and Symbolic Violence in Higher Music Education Gareth Dylan Smith Part 2: Building A Culture of Democracy in the Music Classroom 5. Safe Classrooms: A Fundamental Principle of Democratic Practice Casey J. Hayes 6. Music of the Holocaust: A Thematic Design for String Music Education Tamara Reps Freeman 7. Improvising to Learn: A Democratic Framework for Music Education Michael Patrick Wall and Jennifer Kingman Wall 8. Towards the Current: Democratic Music Teaching with Music Technology Adam Patrick Bell Part 3: Music Education and Social Justice 9. Listening-for Social Justice Marissa Silverman 10. Is There A Color Line In Music Education? Lisa C. DeLorenzo Part 4: Preparing Music Educators for a Democratic and Social Justice Agenda 11. Preparing Music Teachers to Address Issues of Social Justice in Music Education Shannon Hibbard and Colleen Conway 12. Democracy, Canon, and Culturally Responsive Teaching: Blurring the Edges in The Music Classroom Jacqueline Kelly-McHale 13. Facilitating Dissonance: Implications for Social Justice in Music Teacher Education Julie Ballantyne, Nicole Canham, and Margaret Barrett  Conclusion Lisa C. DeLorenzo

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Lisa DeLorenzo is Professor of Music Education at Montclair State University, US.