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date: 23 January 2019

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This article discusses key aspects of ethics that merit being acknowledged if teaching music in schools is to be most fully ethical. Ethics is a complex and highly contested philosophical discipline. The article sums up three formal ethical theories—duty, consequentialist, and virtue ethics—and common grounds that have been identified between or among them which can contribute to an applied, professional ethics of school music. It analyzes certain teaching practices in connection with more than one theory, thus providing evidence that serious ethical weaknesses are involved and that those practices are especially in need of an applied ethics to help guide teachers in those situations.

Keywords: ethical systems, music education, school music, virtue ethics, consequentialist ethics, ethical theories

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