Higher Education in Music in the Twenty-First Century

Heile, B. , Moreda Rodriguez, E. and Stanley, J. (Eds.) (2017) Higher Education in Music in the Twenty-First Century. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY. ISBN 9781472467324

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Abstract

In this book, the contributors reconsider the fundamentals of Music as a university discipline by engaging with the questions: What should university study of music consist of? Are there any aspects, repertoires, pieces, composers and musicians that we want all students to know about? Are there any skills that we expect them to be able to master? How can we guarantee the relevance, rigour and cohesiveness of our curriculum? What is specific to higher education in music and what does it mean now and for the future? The book addresses many of the challenges students and teachers face in current higher education; indeed, the majority of today’s music students undoubtedly encounter a greater diversity of musical traditions and critical approaches to their study as well as a wider set of skills than their forebears. Welcome as these developments may be, they pose some risks too: more material cannot be added to the curriculum without either sacrificing depth for breadth or making much of it optional. The former provides students with a superficial and deceptive familiarity with a wide range of subject matter, but without the analytical skills and intellectual discipline required to truly master any of it. The latter easily results in a fragmentation of knowledge and skills, without a realistic opportunity for students to draw meaningful connections and arrive at a synthesis.

Item Type:Edited Books
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Moreda Rodriguez, Dr Eva and Heile, Professor Bjorn and Stanley, Dr Jane
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College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:9781472467324
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