Pushing the boundaries of "music"

cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary possibilities for "other" musics in the Australian music classroom

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Abstract

This is an exploratory paper which considers approaches, contexts and purposes of music education. It is particularly concerned with how the study of ‘other’ musics, or ‘music of a culture’ in the NSW syllabus, may be reenvisioned, not as separate units, but as integral to the study of music in general. Radano and Bohlman (2000:3) have argued against traditional musicology’s promotion of a musically centred ‘Europe’ “whose cultural and artistic boundaries, despite centuries of global encounter, remain tidy and distinct.” I suggest that in order to avoid such traditional assumptions, music in schools may be taught in ways which emphasize an idea of music as something that has since the earliest times developed in the process of cultural exchange (Fletcher, 2001:599). Understanding music as a socio -cultural and political construct means continuous reflection on problematic concepts like ‘culture’ and ‘authenticity’. It also means pushing the boundaries of what ‘music’ is as a discipline. In this paper, I add to debates on cultural diversity in music education, and emphasize cross - cultural and cross - disciplinary possibilities of music education by pushing music’s cultural boundaries, particularly in relation to television and foreign languages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTenth international conference on cultural diversity in music education, January 11-13, 2010
Subtitle of host publicationconference proceedings
EditorsP. Dunbar-Hall
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherUniversity of Sydney
Pages45-51
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780646521565
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Cultural Diversity in Music Education (10th : 2010) - Sydney
Duration: 11 Jan 201013 Jan 2010

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Cultural Diversity in Music Education (10th : 2010)
CitySydney
Period11/01/1013/01/10

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    Gorfinkel, L. (2010). Pushing the boundaries of "music": cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary possibilities for "other" musics in the Australian music classroom. In P. Dunbar-Hall (Ed.), Tenth international conference on cultural diversity in music education, January 11-13, 2010: conference proceedings (pp. 45-51). Sydney: University of Sydney.