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Seeking the Significance of Music Education: Essays and Reflections


reviewed by Adam Ballif November 16, 2009

coverTitle: Seeking the Significance of Music Education: Essays and Reflections
Author(s): Bennett Reimer
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1607092360, Pages: 426, Year: 2009
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Bennett Reimer has secured a unique place in music education history. His close association with the aesthetic education movement and his respected texts devoted to the philosophy of music education have provided professors, public school teachers, and music students the opportunity to think and re-think their position on the validity of music education. From answering the question of “is music for everyone?” to the role of diversity and cultural education in the music classroom, Reimer has woven an intricate web of thought and historical context to convince even the non-musician of the importance and validity of music education in our schools. His most recent book, Seeking the Significance of Music Education: Essays and Reflections, provides a unique prospective that only Reimer can provide through twenty-four essays from his long and distinguished career. Reimer’s first edition of his book A Philosophy of Music Education became closely associated with the term ‘aesthetic... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 16, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15836, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 3:06:52 PM

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  • Adam Ballif
    Mesa State College
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    DR. ADAM BALLIF holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from Arizona State University. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Mesa State College where he teaches clarinet and saxophone, and coordinates the music education program. Before coming to Mesa State, Dr. Ballif was Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana and served as Principal Clarinetist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. He received his Bachelor' s Degree in Music Education from Brigham Young University. While in Utah, he performed with the Orchestra at Temple square, which included performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and recording soundtracks for motion pictures produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In July 2002, Dr. Ballif participated in the Belgium Clarinet Academy and presented a paper titled, "Benny Goodman Influences Classical Composition," at the 2002 International Clarinet Association's convention in Stockholm Sweden. In Arizona he was principal clarinetist with the Mesa Symphony Orchestra and taught instrumental music at the elementary and middle school levels. His principal clarinet teachers include Robert Spring, William Holman, and Alan Stanek. Dr. Ballif remains active as a performer and clinician. Recent and upcoming presentations and performances include appearances at the Colorado Music Educators Conference, Music at Temple Square Concert Series, and the Montana/Idaho Clarinet Festival.
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