- Commentary Critical Reflections and Future Action
- Politics, Policy, and Music Education
- Instrumental Teachers and Their Students: Who's in the Driver's Seat?
- University Professors and the Entrepreneurial Spirit
- Pride and Professionalism in Music Education
- Pondering the Grand Experiment in Public Music Education
- Music Education and Some of Its Subfields: Thoughts about Future Priorities
- Music Education: An Unanswered Question
- Improving Primary Teaching: Minding the Gap
- International Music Education: Setting up a Global Information System
- The Responsibility of Research in Defining the Profession of Music Education
- Constructing Communities of Scholarship in Music Education
- Internationalizing Music Education
- Emotion in Music Education
- Music Education from a Slightly Outside Perspective
- Research Issues in Personal Music Identification
- Preparation, Perseverance, and Performance in Music: Views from a Program of Educational Psychology Research
- Music Therapy in Schools: An Expansion of Traditional Practice
- Embracing New Digital Technologies: Now and into the Future
- Challenges for Research and Practices of Music Education
- All Theoried Up and Nowhere to Go
- Make Research, Not War: Methodologies and Music Education Research
- The Preparation of Music Teacher Educators: A Critical Link
- Music and the Arts: As Ubiquitous and Fundamental as the Air We Breathe
- There is Nothing Complex about a Correlation Coefficient
- Dewey's Bastards: Music, Meaning, and Politics
Abstract and Keywords
This article assesses one of the twentieth century's grandest experiments in music education—the attempt to provide participatory music education to every young person in the U.S. through the public school system. After 100 years, this experiment can be seen as reaching its end or at least the end of its first phase. If so, one possible conclusion is that while the experiment effectively reached a large proportion of the current adult population in the United States, it failed to establish a culture that could maintain it. Music education researchers can benefit by examining this period from this larger perspective.
Robert A. Cutietta received his doctorate in music education from Pennsylvania State University after completing a master and bachelor of music education at Cleveland State University. He is currently the dean of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California after completing professorships at the University of Arizona, Kent State University, and Montana State University. His research interests revolve around the cognitive processing in music that leads to musical memory especially in the adolescent mind. He has published research and professional articles in a wide variety of publications in music education and is the author, co-author, or editor of five books. Most importantly he thanks you, the reader, for caring about the importance of educating future generations of youngster in our art form.
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