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date: 22 August 2019

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For Ellen Dissanayake, immanence is a central construct in relation to the nature and value of music and the other arts. It may be defined as a quality of experience characterized by an internal reality, dwelling inside the self as the personal subjectivity. Yet at present, many scholars and researchers in the arts have become not only uncomfortable with, but even suspicious of, immanence as a defining or consequential feature of music and the arts. This article examines the decline of emphasis on that feature as it has occurred in recent years, causing Dissanayake, along with various others, the concern that music and arts education may suffer in serious ways from its neglect.

Keywords: Ellen Dissanayake, internal reality, arts education, music education, immanence in art

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