Music Education as Critical Theory and Practice

Selected Essays

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  • Lucy Green, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
  • Series : Ashgate Contemporary Thinkers on Critical Musicology Series
  • This collection of previously published articles, chapters and keynotes traces both the theoretical contribution of Lucy Green to the emergent field of the sociology of music education, and her radical ‘hands-on’ practical work in classrooms and instrumental studios. The selection contains a mixture of material, from essays that have appeared in major journals and books, to some harder-to-find publications. It spans issues from musical meaning, ideology, identity and gender in relation to music education, to changes and challenges in music curricula and pedagogy, and includes Green’s highly influential work on bringing informal learning into formal music education settings. A newly-written introduction considers the relationship between theory and practice, and situates each essay in relation to some of the major influences, within and beyond the field of music education, which affected Green’s own intellectual journey from the 1970s to the present day.

  • Contents: Introduction; Part I Music Education as a Reproductive Force - Ideology, Musical Meaning, Social Groups and Identity: To construe and to construct…what do we mean by ‘the sociology of music education’ and what's the point of it anyway?; Why ‘ideology’ is still relevant for critical thinking in music education; Music education, cultural capital and social group identity; Musical meaning and social reproduction: a case for retrieving autonomy; Musical identities, learning, and education: some cross-cultural issues. Part II Gender and Music Education: Music, gender and education; a report on some exploratory research; Gender identity, musical experience and schooling; The emergence of gender as an issue in music education. Part III Assessment and Curriculum Content in Music Education: The assessment of composition: style and experience; Music as a media art: evaluation and assessment in the contemporary classroom; From the Western classics to the world: secondary music teachers’ changing attitudes in England, 1982 and 1998. Part IV Informal Learning and the Music Classroom: What can music educators learn from popular musicians?; Informal learning in the music classroom: a seven-stage program; Popular music education in and for itself, and for ‘other’ music: current research in the classroom; Group co-operation, inclusion and disaffected pupils: some responses to informal learning in the music classroom; Teenagers, musical identity and classical music: the classroom as a catalyst. Part V Aural Learning, Informal Learning, and the Instrumental Teaching Studio: Musical ‘learning styles’ and ‘learning strategies’ in the instrumental lesson: some emergent findings from a pilot study; Informal learning and aural learning in the instrumental music lesson: findings from a research-and-development pilot project; Name index.

  • About the Author: Lucy Green is Professor of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London UK. Her research interests are in the sociology of music education, specializing in meaning, ideology, gender, popular music, inclusion, equality, informal learning, and new pedagogies. She has lectured and presented keynotes in countries around the world, and serves on the Editorial Boards of twelve journals, including Music Education Research, Radical Musicology, Popular Music, the British Journal of Music Education, the Journal of World Popular Music, and Research Studies in Music Education. Lucy led the research and development project “Informal Learning in the Music Classroom” within the British movement “Musical Futures”, <www.musicalfutures.org> and this work is now being implemented in schools across the UK and in Australia, Canada, Singapore, and parts of the USA, Brazil, Cyprus and other countries. Her more recent research took that work forward into instrumental tuition, <http://earplaying.ioe.ac.uk>. Her first four authored books are: Music on Deaf Ears: Musical Meaning, Ideology and Education (1988/2008), Music, Gender, Education (1997), How Popular Musicians Learn: A Way Ahead For Music Education (2001) and Music, Informal Learning and the School: A New Classroom Pedagogy (2008). Her edited book, Learning, Teaching and Musical Identities: Voices Across Cultures came out in 2011. Her next book, to be published in 2014, is a practical handbook for teachers bringing together work in classrooms and instrumental tuition, entitled Hear, Listen, Play! How to Free Your Students' Aural, Improvisation and Performance Skills.

  • The Index is available to view in PDF format