A Concise Survey of Music Philosophy helps music students choose a philosophy that will guide them throughout their careers. The book is divided into three sections: central issues that any music philosophy ought to consider (e.g., beauty, emotion, and aesthetics); secondly, significant philosophical positions, exploring what major thinkers have had to say on the subject; and finally, opportunities for students to consider the ramifications of these ideas for themselves. Throughout the book, students are encouraged to make choices that will inform a philosophy of music and music education with which they are most comfortable to align. Frequently, music philosophy courses are taught in such a way that the teacher, as well as the textbook used, promotes a particular viewpoint. A Concise Survey of Music Philosophy presents the most current, prevalent philosophies for consideration. Students think through different issues and consider practical applications. There are numerous musical examples, each with links from the author's home website to online video performances. Examples are largely from the Western classical canon, but also jazz, popular, and world music styles.
In the last two chapters, students apply their views to practical situations and learn the differences between philosophy and advocacy.
Donald A. Hodges was Covington Distinguished Professor and Director of the Music Research Institute of Music Education at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and author of Music in the Human Experience (Routledge 2011). He has taught university courses in Music for more than forty-two years.
Section I: Beginning the Journey 1. The Plan and Purpose of This Book / 2. Science and Religion / 3. Knowledge and Education / 4. Beauty / 5. Emotion / 6. Aesthetics / 7. A Philosophical Framework Section II: A Review of Major Music Philosophies 8. Contributions to Music Philosophy from the Ancient Greeks / 9. From Classical Antiquity to the Renaissance / 10. Rationalism, Empiricism, and Idealism / 11. Formalism / 12. Expressionism / 13. Symbolism / 14. Phenomenology / 15. Pragmatism / 16. Social Philosophy / 17. Praxialism / 18. Feminism / 19. Postmodernism Section III: Making it Your Own 20. Articulating a Philosophy of Music / 21. Applying Your Philosophy / 22. Advocacy
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