Pictures of Music Education

Pictures of Music Education

Jorgensen, Estelle R.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/23/2011
Format: Paperback 15 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-22298-5
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Estelle R. Jorgensen's latest work is an exploratory look into the ways we practice and represent music education through the metaphors and models that appear in everyday life. These metaphors and models serve as entry points into a deeper understanding of music education that moves beyond literal ways of thinking and doing and allows for a more creative embodiment of musical thought. Seeing the reader as a partner in the creation of meaning, Jorgensen intends for this book to be experienced by, rather than dictated to, the reader. Jorgensen’s hope is that the intersections of art and philosophy, and metaphor and model can provide a richer and more imaginative view of music education.

Author Bio

Estelle R. Jorgensen is Professor of Music at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington. She is author of In Search of Music Education; Transforming Music Education (IUP, 2003); and The Art of Teaching Music (IUP, 2008). She is editor of Philosophy of Music Education Review.


With the freshest approach in years, Jorgensen moves beyond the semantic and literal confines of language offering readers a quite original approach to the meaning and practice of music education. Her repertory consists in the brilliant exposition of 12 metaphors and models accompanied by Hodson’s elegantly crafted drawings. Moving beyond earlier writings, Jorgensen provides unique ways to imagine and conceptualize music teaching and learning. Readers are challenged to blend philosophical and practical considerations while exploring a panorama of possibilities for rethinking the meaning and purpose of pedagogy and performance…a must read for music students and veteran teachers alike.Jorgensen breaks new ground by capturing in poetic, metaphoric, and imaginative ways the competing and contradictory relationships that make up our everyday work.

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