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Change in Music Education: The Paradigmatic and the Praxial

Abstract There are two types of change in music education: widespread, systemic change that we will call paradigmatic; and smaller changes resulting from the day-to-day work of music educators, or praxial changes after the Greek word praxis. Some music educators confuse the two types of change and their causes, and beseech the profession to bring about system-wide paradigmatic change. In so doing, they are insisting on the profession doing the impossible, as individuals and as a collective. The calling for and then failure to achieve unattainable goals is a part of our heritage that stretches back to the days of colonial singing school masters and the cultural pundits at Harvard. Those folks strove for paradigmatic change in the form of reforming th... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Humphreys, Jere T. (Author)
Subject Music Education
Type Text
Language English
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Citation Humphreys, Jere T. "Change in Music Education: The Paradigmatic and the Praxial." The Journal of the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education 2013 Proceedings (University of Arizona, 2013): 49-68.
Note This was a keynote speech at the nineteenth biennial Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, sponsored by the University of Arizona, Tucson, in February 2013.
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