Media as an invitation to rethink music education

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This column explores from a philosophical perspective how sound recording and media create a context different in consequential ways for music education. The author relates the story of his connection to his son through the ukulele in two ways: first, through playing and singing together; and second, through a recording of their music. These differences are explored through a pragmatic approach to technology, with a focus on three issues: commoditization, efficiency, and sound fidelity. The author then explores two different kinds of responses that educators might explore in thinking about music education contexts and media awareness: an approach to focal practices following Borgmann, and the technological transparency approach recommended by Dewey. Copyright © 2014 National Association for Music Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-39
JournalGeneral Music Today
Issue number3
Early online date11 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2014


Thibeault, M. D. (2014). Media as an invitation to rethink music education. General Music Today, 27(3), 36-39. doi: 10.1177/1048371314522646


  • General music
  • John Dewey
  • Media
  • Music education
  • Philosophy of music education


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