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date: 18 August 2019

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This article argues that if philosophy is to illuminate the decisions and practice of music educators, then it is more helpful to see it as analytical and clarificatory rather than as a separate ungrounded discipline. Perhaps the most crucial and potentially useful work of philosophy for music education is the ongoing attempt to understand the nature, qualities, and functions of musical activity itself. The article argues that the fundamental challenge is to focus music education on involved “listening” rather than overhearing, to devote musical instruction to developing the capacity to respond to music in the richest possible way, whether as performer, creator, or audience member.

Keywords: musical activity, musical philosophy, music educators, effective musical instruction

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