R&L Education / National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
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978-1-60709-235-3 • Hardback • June 2009 • $150.00 • (£115.00)
978-1-60709-236-0 • Paperback • June 2009 • $67.00 • (£52.00)
978-1-60709-237-7 • eBook • June 2009 • $63.50 • (£49.00)
Bennett Reimer is the John W. Beattie Professor of Music Education Emeritus at Northwestern University, where he was chair of the Music Education Department and founder and director of the Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience, a research group of Ph.D. students and faculty. He is the author and editor of some two dozen books and 150 articles dealing with a variety of topics in music, music education, and the arts in education.
Chapter I: Our Values as a School Subject
Chapter 2 Establishing Core Values
Chapter 3 What Music Cannot Do
Chapter 4 Essential and Nonessential Characteristics of Aesthetic Education
Chapter 5 The Experience of Profundity in Music
Chapter 6 Should There Be a Universal Philosophy of Music Education
Chapter 7 Once More with Feeling
Chapter 8 The Core in Larger Contexts
Chapter 9 Selfness and Otherness in Experiencing Music of Foreign Cultures
Chapter 10 Gender, Feminism, and Aesthetic Education: Discourses of Inclusion and Empowerment
Chapter 11 Research and Justification in Arts Education: An Ill-Fated Romance
Chapter 12 Artistic Creativity, Ethics, and the Authentic Self
Chapter II: Achieving Our Values
Chapter 14 What and How to Teach
Chapter 15 Choosing Art for Education: Criteria for Quality
Chapter 16 What Is Performing with Understanding?
Chapter 17 Merely Listening
Chapter 18 Philosophy in the School Music Program
Chapter 19 Educating Our Teachers
Chapter 20 An Agenda for Music Teacher Education,
Chapter 21 Avoiding Extremes of Theory and Practice in Music Teacher Education
Chapter 22 Toward a Research-Based Foundation for Doctoral Studies in Music Education
Chapter 23 The Role of Research
Chapter 24 Toward a More Scientific Approach to Music Education Research
Chapter 25 Qualitative Research and the Post-Positivist Mind
Chapter 26 New Brain Research on Emotion and Feeling: Dramatic Implications for Music Education
Chapter III: Preserving and Enhancing Our Viability
Chapter 28 Our Values in Service of Our Future
Chapter 29 Is Musical Performance Worth Saving?
Chapter 30 Musical Disenchantment and Reenchantment: The Challenge for Music Education
Chapter 31 Music Education for Cultural Empowerment
Chapter 32 The Way It Will Be
This fascinating and exhaustive set of essays confirms Bennett Reimer not only as an inspirational thinker and educator, but as a philosopher of deep humanity whose clarity of thought and expression are equally matched by his breadth of vision, humour, and delight in finely honed language. If you care about or are involved in educating through music, not only in the USA, but worldwide, then this book is essential reading....
— George Odam
The enduring legacy of Bennett Reimer is that, for over 50 years, he has been able to challenge us to think much more deeply about the profession we proudly call music education. In this collection of essays, the reader is again summoned by Reimer?s wise,empathetic, and learned mind as he weaves a brilliant intellectual tapestry that both celebrates and illuminates the role and function of music in our lives, and provides a profoundly eloquent foundation for a practical philosophy for music education. This intellectual memoir is endlessly thought-provoking and will live for generations as one of our discipline?s finest achievements...
— Gary McPherson
It is often difficult to find among scholars in education individuals whose ideas are as deep as they are broad. In Bennett Reimer we have such an individual. The twenty-four essays that constitute this book touch many of the central questions one can raise about music and its place in education. To be able to articulate so clearly what these issues are and how they might be approached is a real achievement, one that Professor Reimer has attained. This book will be an invaluable resource for those preparing to teach in the arts. I recommend it with considerable enthusiasm...
— Elliot W. Eisner
The entire music education profession will benefit from Reimer's perspective on past, present, and future concerns central to the functioning of music education in Seeking the Significance of Music Education: Essays and Reflections .....
I have known Bennett Reimer and admired his work for a long time. Seeking the Significance of Music Education is a very special publication. Essays written over a fifty-year timespan are now reprinted (as originally published) along with reflectionsfrom a present-day vantage point. As he puts it: 'This book is a kind of intellectual memoir of a life spent grappling with intractable questions relating to music education.' The essays are organized into three parts: Our Values as a School Subject (generating core values; core values in larger contexts); Achieving Our Values (what and how to teach; educating our teachers; the role of research); and Preserving and Enhancing Our Viability (our values in service of our future). So much has happened in theintervening years between the time the essays were written and the present. New technologies have radically altered our means for making and disseminating music. The arts (including music) have become highly politicized. Previous distinctions between 'high' and 'popular' music have been erased, and the image of the artist has changed. Reimer addresses the consequent issues confronting those who would teach music. Indeed, the issues are those that need to be addressed by all art educators. This is an inva
— Jerome J. Hausman