Curriculum Philosophy and Theory for Music Education Praxis

ISBN : 9780197558690

Thomas Regelski
200 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Sep 2021
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Curriculum decisions are the foundation of education. They determine the knowledge, understandings, skills, attitudes, and values deemed necessary for today's students. They importantly provide the criteria for evaluating students' learning-that is, whether an individual lesson has been effective or especially over the long term. Beyond their musical competencies, a curriculum is, therefore, the most important responsibility facing music educators-one that goes well beyond the skills of simply delivering an individual lesson and accounts for beneficial outcomes for individual students, graduates, and ultimately the world of musicing. Oddly, however, curriculum theory and design for music education have been left to the sidelines in undergraduate music education. And it is usually no more on the radar of in-service teachers, despite the fact that the U.S. politics governing school curriculum are constantly in public view (e.g., U.S. "No child left behind," "Common Core"). Curriculum Philosophy and Theory for Music Education Praxis remedies this with a practical overview of curriculum basics and their implications for music education. Mindful of traditional philosophical roots of curriculum-foundations that still impact contemporary strategy, author Thomas A. Regelski offers a model curriculum based on recent praxis theory in which musical and educational benefits are evident to students, administrators, and taxpayers who ultimately fund music programs.


Chapter 1: Basics of Curriculum
Chapter Two: Traditional Philosophical Foundations of Curriculum
Chapter Three: Twentieth-Century Philosophical Foundations of Curriculum
Chapter Four: Contemporary Perspectives for Curriculum Theory.
Chapter Five: Curriculum Models from Educational Theory
Chapter Six: Curriculum as and for Music as Praxis

About the author: 

Thomas A. Regelski is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He has also taught at Aichi University of Nagoya, Japan and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. He is the author of seven books and many journal articles.

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