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On being musical: Education towards inclusion

Ruddock, Eve

Educational philosophy and theory. Volume 50:Number 5 (2018, April 16th); pp 489-498 -- Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

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  • Title:
    On being musical: Education towards inclusion
  • Author: Ruddock, Eve
  • Found In: Educational philosophy and theory. Volume 50:Number 5 (2018, April 16th); pp 489-498
  • Journal Title: Educational philosophy and theory
  • Subjects: Philosophie de l'éducation; Périodique électronique (Descripteur de forme); Ressource Internet (Descripteur de forme); Théorie de l'éducation; Éducation; Education--Philosophy--Periodicals; Teaching--Periodicals; Musicking--musical--serious play--intelligent experiencing--commodified education; Dewey: 370.1
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
  • Abstract: Abstract:

    This article questions educational practices that undermine 'being' musical. Where Western misconceptions about the nature of human musicality distance many individuals from meaningful engagement with an intrinsic part of their humanity, I challenge the status quo to argue for an inclusive educational practice which gives everyone an opportunity to 'be' musical. Despite evidence from neuroscience now supporting the understanding that humans are a musical species, the widespread neo-liberal oriented focus on vocational training fails to recognise music as an essential aspect of healthy human being. Where current polarised music education provision supports a discriminatory system that leads to widespread underdeveloped musicality, I draw on Gadamer and Dewey to explore how musicking integrates cultural development and to question the value of a practice that leaves many of us musically disabled. Including examples of teaching practices that engage and transform, I argue the case for an enriched, broader curriculum that no longer sees music as a 'frill'.


  • Identifier: System Number: ETOCvdc_100067644930.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 0013-1857; 10.1080/00131857.2016.1198248
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): 3661.480000
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100067644930.0x000001

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