Music, Education, and Religion

Intersections and Entanglements

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Alexis Anja Kallio, Philip Alperson, Heidi Westerlund
  • Bloomington: 
    Indiana University Press
    , September
     296 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

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.

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 co-editor of the Nordic Yearbook of Music Education Research.

Heidi Westerlund is professor of music education at Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. She currently leads two large-scale research projects, The Arts as Public Service: Strategic Steps Towards Equality (ArtsEqual), and Global Visions through Mobilizing Networks: Co-Developing Intercultural Music Teacher Education in Finland, Israel and Nepal. She is co-editor of the book, Collaborative Learning in Higher Music Education, and Editor-in-chief of the Finnish Journal of Music Education.



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