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date: 23 September 2021

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This article examines the apparent gap between the rhetoric about music education's rightful place as a worthy and full curriculum member and its apparent lukewarm interest in fostering learning environments that support young students in their efforts to discover images and sounds, inspiration and ideas, for a preferred future. The first section asks, “What is education for?,” seeking to clarify education's mission to serve both the individual and society while strengthening its obligations to foster respect for the planet on which all depends. The second section examines the practical realities of what the musical curriculum is for. The final section examines the purpose of music education. The article reiterates the need for music education philosophy to facilitate communities of inquiry inside and outside music classrooms, and to pay particular attention to the temptation to reconfigure the boundaries of music education.

Keywords: musical learning, music curriculum, music education philosophy, education's purpose

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