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date: 25 October 2020

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The chapter discusses strategies for applied ethnomusicology in the education sector, a network of interrelated institutions and sites, where formal education about music occurs for the public at large. Learning through music in primary and secondary schools in the United States often is supplemented by partnerships among cultural organizations and higher education. The chapter contends that strategies negotiated among collaborative decision-makers may most effectively apply ethnomusicology in horizontal pathways that dialogically engage and respond to varied social communities, particularly in areas where large, urban public school districts face substantial challenges. The context of Cleveland, Ohio, provides an example, where partnerships for arts education in the city’s public schools date to 1915, and twenty-first-century programs for arts integration have drawn national attention. The argument asserts that strategic process is central to both definitions of applied ethnomusicology and educators’ efforts to link formal instruction to music in daily life.

Keywords: applied ethnomusicology, learning through music, music education, public schools, partnerships, arts integration

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