Music, Education, and Religion

Music, Education, and Religion

Intersections and Entanglements
Edited by Alexis Anja Kallio, Philip Alperson and Heidi Westerlund
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/20/2019
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-04371-9
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Music, Education, and Religion: Intersections and Entanglements explores the critical role that religion can play in formal and informal music education. As in broader educational studies, research in music education has tended to sidestep the religious dimensions of teaching and learning, often reflecting common assumptions of secularity in contemporary schooling in many parts of the world. This book considers the ways in which the forces of religion and belief construct and complicate the values and practices of music education—including teacher education, curriculum texts, and teaching repertoires. The contributors to this volume embrace a range of perspectives from a variety of disciplines, examining religious, agnostic, skeptical, and atheistic points of view. Music, Education, and Religion is a valuable resource for all music teachers and scholars in related fields, interrogating the sociocultural and epistemological underpinnings of music repertoires and global educational practices.

Author Bio

Alexis Anja Kallio is a music education researcher at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, working as part of the Global Visions through Mobilizing Networks: Co-Developing Intercultural Music Teacher Education in Finland, Israel and Nepal project. She is coeditor of the Nordic Yearbook of Music Education Research.

Philip Alperson is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Temple University in Philadelphia. He is editor of What is Music? The Philosophy of the Visual Arts and Diversity and Community and past editor of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.

Heidi Westerlund is Professor of Music Education at Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. She is editor (with Helena Gaunt) of the book Collaborative Learning in Higher Music Education and editor-in-chief of the Finnish Journal of Music Education.

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Table of Contents

Introduction / Alexis Anja Kallio, Heidi Westerlund, and Philip Alperson

Part I: Tensions and Negotiations

1. On the Role of Religion in Music Education / Estelle Jorgensen

2. Selective Affinities: Concordance and Discordance at the Intersection of Musical, Educational, and Religious Practices / Philip Alperson

3. The Performativity of Performance: Agency at the Intersection of Music and Religion in School / Heidi Westerlund, Alexis Anja Kallio and Heidi Partti

Part II: Identity and Community

4. Shaping Identities in and through Religious Music Engagement: A Case Study of an Australian Catholic Girls’ School / Janelle Colville Fletcher and Margaret S. Barrett

5. Religion and the Transmission of Thai Musical Heritage, in Thailand and the United States of America / Pamela Moro

6. The Believing-Belonging Paradigm: Music, Education, and Religion in Contemporary Serbia / Ivana Percoviç and Biljana Mandiç

7. Religious Repertoire in General Music Education: Spiritual Indoctrination or Cultural Dialogue? / Lauri Väkevä

Part III: Navigating New Worlds

8. Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans: Spiritual and Existential Experience and Music Education / Øivind Varkøy

9. The Sacred Sphere: Its Equipment, Beauty, Functions, and Transformations under Secular Conditions / Maria B. Spychiger

10. Music Education as Sacred Practice: A Philosophical Exploration / Frank Heuser

11. Advocatus Diaboli: Revisiting the Devil’s Role in Music and Music Education / Alexandra Kertz-Welzel

Part IV: Emancipation, Regulation, and the Social Order

12. The Humanist Defense of Music Education in Civil and Religious Life: The Praise of Musicke (1586) and Apologia Musices (1588) / Hyun-Ah Kim

13. The Curious Case of "Good Morning Iran": Music and Broadcast Regulation in the Islamic Republic / Erum Naqvi

14. When Hell Freezes Over--Black Metal: Emancipatory Cosmopolitanism and/or Egoistic Protectionism? / Ketil Thorgersen and Thomas von Wachenfeldt

Part V: Agency and Social Change

15. Radical Musical Inclusion in Higher Education: The Creation of Foundation Music at the University of Winchester / June Boyce-Tillman

16. Religious Identities Intersecting Higher Music Education: An Israeli Teacher Educator as a Boundary Worker in an All-Female Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Context / Laura Miettinen

17. Religion and Music in an Education for Social Change / Iris M. Yob

18. Dancing on the Limits: An Interreligious Dialogue Exploring the Lived Experience of Two Religiously Observant Music Educators in Israel / Belal Badarne and Amira Ehrlich

Music, Education, and Religion: An Invitation / Alexis Anja Kallio