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What Does Music Mean, and Can Music Education Really Matter?

by Paul Woodford - 2012

This chapter seeks to draw needed attention to some of music’s social and political meanings by way of illustrating how it contributes to the shaping of people’s perceptions and understandings of their world.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 111, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 114 Number 13, 2012, p. 34-50
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18350, Date Accessed: 12/2/2021 2:01:53 PM

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  • Paul Woodford
    University of Western Ontario
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    PAUL WOODFORD is professor of music education at University of Western Ontario. His interests in philosophical, historical, sociological, and political issues have led to many publications, including his book Democracy and Music Education: Liberalism, Ethics, and the Politics of Practice, and contributions to The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning and The Oxford Handbook of Music Education (in press). He is past chair of the International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education and is a member of the advisory boards of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, the British Journal of Music Education, and Philosophy of Music Education Review.
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