Race And Curriculum: Music in Childhood Education

Hardcover | June 15, 2009

byRuth Iana Gustafson

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This book focuses on the near total attrition of African American students from school music programs and the travesty of democratic education that it symbolizes. It outlines an “anatomy” of dropping out and a tour through the music curriculum’s lesser-known dimensions. Describing how the field became entangled with aesthetics associated with whiteness, Gustafson examines the teaching of singing, listening, and bodily motion in general music classes on all levels. What makes this historical investigation unique is its focus on the body and its linking instructional principles to racialist projects such as minstrelsy, early psychoacoustic experiments, and body culture movements. This book considers how understanding this history makes a space for change without resorting to the simplistic, distorted conclusion that the schools and music teachers are racist.

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This book focuses on the near total attrition of African American students from school music programs and the travesty of democratic education that it symbolizes. It outlines an “anatomy” of dropping out and a tour through the music curriculum’s lesser-known dimensions. Describing how the field became entangled with aesthetics associat...

Ruth Iana Gustafson received her PhD in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught in both private institutions and in public schools where she was an educational consultant in the Minority Achievement Program in the Madison School District. She is currently an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Mad...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 8.32 × 5.7 × 0.8 inPublished:June 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023060840X

ISBN - 13:9780230608405

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Table of Contents

Fabricating the Future Citizen: The Ballads of a Nation * The Child as Charmed Victim: Early Vocal Instruction and the Social Distinctions Conferred by Disease * Making Daily Life Sublime: Verse and Rhythm 'Never to Abase or Degrade' * Bacchanalian Chaos, Public Music Instruction and the Foundation of the Good Listener * Ranking the Listener, Disciplining the Audience * Goodbye Darwin: Music Appreciation and Musical Publics * Reason, Ventriloquism, and National Music Memory Contests * The Listening Body and the Power of the Good Ear * Aural Icons and Social Outcasts * Participatory Limits From Music Standards to Hip Hop

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'This book deals with music education, but I think its intent, and the intellectual trajectory it traces, go far beyond the realm of music, and shows how schooling has become 'raced' in a way so pervasive, yet so invisible, that we have to look deeply to see this tendency as anything but natural and inevitable...Gustafson's work has the potential to reach beyond the area of music education to speak to a large variety of issues and problems facing educators today."--Theodora Lightfoot, Professor of Bilingual Education, University of Illinois at Chicago“Race and Curriculum: Music in Childhood Education is a wonderful, groundbreaking book. By addressing the long-overlooked topic of race in music education and by taking a broad interdisciplinary approach to her analysis, Gustafson points historical research in music education in new and important directions.”--Julia Eklund Koza, Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the School of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison