The teaching and learning of music around the world have evolved in diverse ways as social, industrial, and cultural developments have influenced the ways humans understand, organize, and collectivize music education. Revolutions in Music Education: Historical and Social Explorations chronicles major changes in music education that continue to shape practices in the twenty-first century. The contributors investigate the organizational, pedagogical, and strategic approaches to teaching music across the ages. The universality of music is manifest in the chapters of this book, providing meaning and insight from all geographic, socio-political, and economic contexts.
Andrew Sutherland is director of music at Methodist Ladies College and adjunct lecturer for the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Jane Southcott is professor at Monash University, Australia.
Leon de Bruin is lecturer in music at the University of Melbourne, Conservatorium of Music, and coordinator of the Master of Music Performance Teaching degree (MMPT).
Part 1: The Great Leap Forward—Early Traditions: Cultural, Environmental, and Developing Methods
Chapter 1: Moveable ‘Do’, Sol-Fa and Vertical Ladders: Guido to Glover to Curwen to Kodály
Chapter 2: The Role of the Cantor in the Performance of Liturgy: Council of Laodicea in the Mid-Fourth Century to Guido of Arezzo (C.990–C.1040)
Chapter 3: Orff’s Schulwerk: Gestation, Interruption, Revival, and Dissemination
Jane Southcott and Andrew Sutherland
Chapter 4: Shinichi Suzuki and Talent Education: From Beginnings in Japan to the USA and the World
Chapter 5: Émile Jaques-Dalcroze and the Movement of Music
Part 2: Influences of Cultural Shifts in Society on Teaching and Learning
Chapter 6: Jazz Education: Revolution or Devolution?
Leon de Bruin
Chapter 7: A Global Revolution in Music for Social Change: El Sistema from Chile to Venezuela and the World
Alexandra Carlson and Andrew Sutherland
Chapter 8: Televised Music Instruction
Chapter 9: Subverting the Hegemony: The Popular Music Revolution
Chapter 10: Progressing Multicultural Music Education from Colonialism, Othering, and Tokenism
Part 3: Advancing Pedagogy with Technology and Creative Revolutions
Chapter 11: Class Piano—Democratizing a Nineteenth-Century Status Symbol
Timothy J. Groulx
Chapter 12: R. Murray Schafer—Celebrating a 1960s Visionary
Chapter 13: The Evolution of Music Notation Software
Chapter 14: Musical Futures: Developing an Informal Learning Model for Mainstream Music Education since 2003
Chapter 15: New Interfaces for Musical Expression: Instrument Making as Music Learning
Chapter 16: The Intimate Relationship between Technology and Music and Its Revolutionary Impact on Music Education
About the Contributors
"Revolutions in Music Education details historical landmarks that continue to influence music teaching and learning throughout the world. Individual chapters provide explicit detail and place each topic within its cultural context by synthesizing extant literature and providing new information based on primary sources. The remarkable organization of the book illuminates the connections among seemingly singular innovations in the complex and ever-growing web of music pedagogy today. This book will serve as a valuable resource for music education scholars and for anyone wanting to know more about the development of the field."
“This unique exposé explores key moments in music education through the lens of western music history. Building on the legacy of Eurocentric traditions, the authors acknowledge the influence of jazz, popular culture, and digital technology as music education evolves into a more inclusive and accessible discipline for students of this century.”
"Revolutions in Music Education is a most welcomed and valuable contribution to the discipline of music education. The approach of the editors in the conceptualising and organisation of this collection is elegant. The 'revolutionary idea' is central to each of the insightful, considered, illuminating, and provocative individual contributions. While many are focused on music education as a revolution in the primary and secondary school classroom, they are applicable to the broader discipline and educational context. Through the narratives on what has happened historically, this collection becomes a great asset for advocacy and future developments."