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Music Education in the United States, Music Education in the United States, 0817351728, 0-8173-5172-8, 978-0-8173-5172-4, 9780817351724,

Music Education in the United States
Contemporary Issues
Edited by J. Terry Gates

Quality Paper
2005. 344 pp.
Price:  $39.95 s



            This solid collection of essays, written by outstanding American music educators, reflects the current issues in music education and the ongoing attempt to overcome obstacles to excellence in teaching music.
            This book stands as the most important and far-ranging professional overview of the discipline since the publication of the landmark Basic Concepts in Music Education in 1958, and early reviews indicate that it will generate both critical discussion and acclaim.
            Several themes recur:(1) that music and, therefore, music education exist in a variety of social and cultural contexts, even when examined in controlled situations; (2) that music teaching has not yet freed itself from its traditional over-reliance on technical training, in spite of attention to aesthetic education; and (3) that there is a remarkable undercurrent of agreement among this diverse group of authors concerning the profession’s basic obligation to expand and refine the musical sensitivity of all age group of Americans. This book reflects some advanced thinking about these themes, which establishes new foundations for next generation theorizing and research.


J. Terry Gates is Assistant Professor of Music Education, State University of New York at Buffalo.

"This book is without question an extremely important addition to the professional literature in music education. It contains the best thinking of some of the best people in the field and manages to arrive at a number of important consensual decisions. It should provide leadership and stimulate discourse for many years to come."--Music Educators Journal

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