Sound studies and music education

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A fan cosplaying a Vocaloid in Japan, 2016. Photo by the author.

The Journal of Aesthetic Education has published my overview of sound studies for those working in music education. I review the basic texts, some of the work of those in music education, and pose a few questions.

This article explores how sound studies, an interdisciplinary field that draws upon the social sciences and the humanities in researching a broad array of topics related to sound and music, holds promise for music education research. Defining the field using recent sources, it discusses the varied disciplines that contribute to sound studies. Key texts are reviewed, with a focus on methodological models and conclusions of importance to music educators. Three questions concerning the value and importance of establishing connections between sound studies and music education are addresses: First, in what ways can music educators benefit by engaging with sound studies? Second, in what ways can sound studies benefit by embracing music educators? Third, what might music educators contribute to sound studies? After detailing some of the emerging efforts to reconnect music education with sound studies, the article proposes ways that music education and sound studies together might enhance educational practice.

A free “preprint” version is available at the University of Florida institutional repository: http://ufdc.ufl.edu//IR00009273/00001

If you have access to JSTOR the article can be had here: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/jaesteduc.51.1.0069?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

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About Matthew

Music education: media, technology, and participatory music.
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