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date: 17 August 2019

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This article explores what music education philosophy is, what ends it seeks to pursue, what skills it involves, and by what criteria it should be judged or evaluated. Philosophy seeks to further responsible action informed by careful deliberation; it identifies dubious assumptions, challenges confused thinking, and offers useful alternatives to conventional ideas and patterns of action. Like music itself, music education philosophy has changed, is changing, and will continue to change. The article discusses philosophy and its rivals; the theory/practice dialectic; the content/representation dialectic; and the future of music education philosophy.

Keywords: music education philosophy, philosophy, philosophical inquiry, theory/practice dialectic, content/representation dialectic

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