Policy and the Political Life of Music Education

ISBN : 9780190246143

Richard Colwell
296 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Policy and the Political Life of Music Education is the first book of its kind in the field of Music Education. It offers a far-reaching and innovative outlook, bringing together expert voices who provide a multifaceted and global set of insights into a critical arena for action today: policy. On one hand, the book helps the novice to make sense of what policy is, how it functions, and how it is discussed in various parts of the world; while on the other, it offers the experienced educator a set of critically written analyses that outline the state of the play of music education policy thinking. As policy participation remains largely underexplored in music education, the book helps to clarify to teachers how policy thinking does shape educational action and directly influences the nature, extent, and impact of our programs. The goal is to help readers understand the complexities of policy and to become better skilled in how to think, speak, and act in policy terms. The book provides new ways to understand and therefore imagine policy, approximating it to the lives of educators and highlighting its importance and impact. This is an essential read for anyone interested in change and how to better understand decision-making within music and education. Finally, this book, while aimed at the growth of music educators' knowledge-base regarding policy, also fosters 'open thinking' regarding policy as subject, helping educators straddling arts and education to recognize that policy thinking can offer creative designs for educational change.


About the Companion Website
Foreword - Peter Webster
Introduction - Patrick Schmidt & Richard Colwell

Part I. Policy Foundations
1. Why Policy Matters: Developing a Policy Vocabulary within Music Education, Patrick Schmidt
2. Arts Policies and their local importance: From History to Practice, Richard Colwell
3. The Context of Education Policy in the United States and the Intersection with Music Education Policy, Ross Rubenstein
4. Policy and Research Endeavours, Katherine Zeserson and Graham Welch
5. Policy and the Question of Assessment, Martin Fautley

Part II. International Perspectives on Policy
6. Revisiting Bildung And Its Meaning For International Music Education Policy, Alexandra Kertz-Welzel
7. Policy and Governmental Action in Brazil, Sergio Figueiredo
8. Music Education for Both the Talented and the Masses: The Policy of Assessment-Based Reform, Mei-Ling Lai and Yao-Ting Sung
9. Curriculum as Policy: State-Level Music Curriculum Creation and Reform, Stephanie Horsley

Part III. Policy in Context
10. Policy and the Lives of School Age Children, Margaret Barrett
11. Policy and the Work of the Musician/Teacher in the Community, David Myers
12. Policy, Access and Multicultural (Music) Education, Sidsel Karlsen
13. Can Music Education Policy Save American Orchestras? Alan Fletcher
14. Policy and Higher Education, Patrick M. Jones
15. K-16 Music Education in a Democratic Society, Robert A. Cutietta


Patrick Schmidt is Chair of Music Education at Western University, Canada. His innovative work in policy studies, critical pedagogy, and urban music education is recognized nationally and internationally. He serves in several editorial boards and is widely published in national and international journals. Beyond his scholarly work, Schmidt led several consulting and evaluative projects including recent work for the National Young Arts Foundation, and the New World Symphony in the USA, as well as for the Ministry of Culture and Education in Chile. He co-edited the Oxford Handbook for Social Justice and Music Education.; Richard Colwell is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at the University of Illinois and the New England Conservatory of Music. He is the founding editor of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and the Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning. He is also a Guggenheim scholar and a member of MENC's Hall of Fame.