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  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (26 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130993387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130993380
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.8 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 687,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The author is one of the few people who actually has something unique and important to say about the present state of music education in the world." — Dr. John Kratus, Michigan State University




"This is a broad, sweeping text. While the core issues and perspectives of the previous editions have been maintained, here they are framed and explored in light of contemporary perspectives, theories, research findings, and curricular developments. This book examines the unique value of music and music learning, explains why school music education has been such a successful enterprise in the past, and proposes future directions for continued growth." — Dr. Steven Morrison, University o f Washington




"Reimer is perhaps the most progressive thinker in music education because he is so knowledgeable and compassionate about current trends in philosophy, education, and psychology." — Dr. Carlos Xavier Rodriguez, University of Iowa




"This 'revisioning' of his philosophy stakes some new ground as it adroitly and cogently addresses the tough questions faced by twenty-first century music educators. This volume is required reading for everyone concerned with the theory and practice of American music education." — Dr. James F. Daugherty, University of Kansas


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The first (1970) and second (1989) editions of this book played a significant role in establishing the philosophy of aesthetic education as a widely accepted basis for the field of music education in the United States and around the world. Few if any alternative philosophies were offered during those times, allowing the field to establish a strong, common bond of values and aspirations, powerfully fueled by the widespread adoption of this book.

In the 1990s and to the present, professional philosophical work in music education grew dramatically, leading to a higher degree of sophistication and the emergence of more varied alternatives than ever before in its history. Confusion about basic values began to be felt, with concomitant loss of security and of a broadly shared vision. Fragmentation and disunity became a real possibility.

This edition offers a synergistic solution to problems of professional philosophical uncertainty. It argues that what seem to be alternative value positions are better viewed as varied approaches to goals most music educators share, goals now encompassing a wider diversity of values than had previously been recognized.

A key addition is the author's new theory of intelligence, based on roles rather than frames of mind. By demonstrating how each of various musical roles constitutes a particular manifestation of intelligence, he liberates the concept of intelligence from its traditional and continuing narrowness. The challenging implications of the philosophy are spelled out both as the conclusion of each chapter and as the culminating chapters of the book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This text presents an excellent philosophy of music education! It makes clear that the nature and value of music must be found WITHIN it, not outside. We music educators must express to the public that music in itself is good and should not be an excuse or tool for increased standardized test scores, etc. Currently, more and more music educators are forced to link musical attributes to scholastic activity. This deteriorates the nature and value of music. Author Reimer makes it clear that an aesthetic view of music education is a goal for all music educators to strive for.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
A Great Read For All Music Educators 28 Jun. 1999
By Music4life69@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This text presents an excellent philosophy of music education! It makes clear that the nature and value of music must be found WITHIN it, not outside. We music educators must express to the public that music in itself is good and should not be an excuse or tool for increased standardized test scores, etc. Currently, more and more music educators are forced to link musical attributes to scholastic activity. This deteriorates the nature and value of music. Author Reimer makes it clear that an aesthetic view of music education is a goal for all music educators to strive for.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
To the neophyte philosophers on Amazon 27 Aug. 2010
By skeeterville - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm tired of hearing from the neophyte philosophy Nazis on this website about how Reimer is out-of-step with contemporary philosophy. The man and his work defined a generation of music educators. Period. He put the issues on the table, and he gave folks like Elliott and Jorgensen something to respond to when there was no comparable scholarship in music education. Like it or not, his book provides a reason why music is indispensable in the education of children, something that other philosophers have not done.

The negative reviewers on here treat philosophy like fundamentalist religion: MY god is better than YOUR god. Here's a hint for those folks: there is no TRUE philosophy of music or music education. In the marketplace of ideas, the "winners" are those who stimulate the most conversation. And Reimer has done more than his share of that.

I find the third edition less valuable than the second, because Reimer, I think, is trying too hard in the third edition to placate his detractors. Having said that, though, this book is one that every music teacher should read, digest, and debate. Music education is facing perilous times, and Reimer has something in this book to say about all that. Don't let the negative reviews dissuade you from a valuable reading experience.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good ideas, but missing pages 26 July 2011
By rlacey - Published on Amazon.com
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I thing Reimer's ideas are sound. However, I'm afraid that this printing has problems. The print quality is not outstanding considering the price. A few pages are missing the ends of words and it's missing pages 82 and 83 (and mine is not the only one--several others in my class were also shorted). Too bad for such an expensive book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
For the progressive music teacher 29 Oct. 2010
By M.Davide - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a must read for any music educator who wants to be on the forefront of our field. Though sometimes thick, Bennett has too many good ideas to list. Reading this book and applying some of its theories and philosophies will greatly benefit you and your music students.
Important for Music Educators 24 Jan. 2013
By Lindsay - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the books that is a "must have" in your library for music educators. I purchased a used copy and that is fine! Just get it and keep it...it is important to know the background of music education philosophy and this is one of the big ones! The used copy I purchased was in very good condition, too!
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