Facing the Music: Shaping Music Education from a Global Perspective

Facing the Music: Shaping Music Education from a Global Perspective

Facing the Music: Shaping Music Education from a Global Perspective

Facing the Music: Shaping Music Education from a Global Perspective

Synopsis

Facing the Music a power full case for the crucial role of world music in shaping learning environmrnts for ther twenty-first century. Based on over thirty, years of hands-on experience in music education, author Huib Schippers demonstrates that "to a large extent, what we hear, learn, and teach is the product of what we believe about music."

Excerpt

Facing the Music is groundbreaking work on cultural diversity in music education. This book comes from the pen of an author who thinks thoroughly through some of the most challenging questions confronting music education today. It is cuttingedge in its study of the ways and means of diversifying music in schools, in higher education, and in community contexts. It fills a long-standing need to know not just the music of the world’s cultures but also the ways it is acquired, transmitted, preserved, and developed; processes that help us understand musical meaning at its most deeply human level.

It is well worth noting, as readers delve into this volume, that the author writes from the grounded position of one with a long history in performing, learning, and teaching music. Besides being a scholar, Huib Schippers is a sitarist, teacher, and facilitator of musicians and teachers. As a visionary and grass-roots activist for programmatic change in the music that is taught and learned in conservatories and schools, Schippers is uniquely situated to explore the confluence of ideas surrounding music, education, and culture. And so he does here, as he has done for more than three decades, breathing life and energy into the hard questions of multicultural and intercultural matters of music education, of world music pedagogy, and of the realities of cultural diversity in music education.

Facing the Music encapsulates the decades-long journey of an unusual musician and teacher who thinks globally even as he acts locally for profound systemic change in music education. Through our many meetings across the world—in Amsterdam, Dartington, Durban, Helsinki, Limerick, London, Pretoria, Rotterdam, Sydney, Seattle, and the old Moorish walled town of Serpa, Portugal—the . . .

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