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Critical Perspectives in Canadian Music Education Paperback – Mar 15 2012


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“From the maxims of R. Murray Schafer that launch the book to the culminating epistemology of music education that brings it to a close, this insightful collection represents a landmark contribution that challenges the status quo and bridges the past, present, and future of Canadian music education. Beynon and Veblen convene a stellar group of Canada’s leading researchers in music education to examine critically and prompt questions on a broad range of topics. Collectively, the authors reveal the geographical uniqueness and cultural diversity of Canadian landscapes of music education.... An outstanding model for building a sense of shared commitment among music educators at the national level while acknowledging the diverse perspectives within regions.” (Marie McCarthy, School of Music, Theatre and Dance, University of Michigan)

“There is plenty here to inform, challenge, and inspire even the most experienced educator! Carol Beynon and Kari Veblen are to be congratulated on compiling such a rich collection of perspectives on Canadian music education. Insights into specific historical and cultural issues are considered alongside more global aspects concerning the content and methodology of the music curriculum in the twenty-first century, making the book of interest to an international readership. The negative experience of formal education in the 1960s reported by Murray Schafer highlights the importance of asking ‘real’ questions. This book goes a long way to addressing that concern.” (Jonathan Stephens, Professor of Music and Music Education, University of Aberdeen, Scotland)

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Musician, educator, researcher, and advocate, Carol Beynon serves as the vice provost of graduate and post-doctoral studies at the University of Western Ontario. She is co-artistic director of the award-winning Amabile Boys Choirs. Her research interests include Canadian music education, arts education, teacher identity, and gender issues.



Kari Veblen, the associate dean of graduate studies and research at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario, teaches cultural perspectives in music education, elementary methods, and graduate courses. Musician and educator, Veblen studies international trends in community music.


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