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date: 01 April 2020

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This chapter delineates the need for policy thought as a key element of the education and professional life of any teacher, and in particular of those charged to educate in and through music. This argument is built upon the ethical imperative of bringing music educators and policy together, the positive implications such approximation may have, and how it can impact social justice work in music education. The policy realm is commonly seen as “above our pay grade,” beyond our duties and responsibilities, and outside the reach of our capacities. But nothing could be further from the truth. This chapter offers a framework and rationale that show how social justice and policy are entwined, while arguing that both areas are integral parts of the political lives of teachers.

Keywords: policy thought, music educators, policy, teachers, social justice

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