Critical thinking in music education can change the world: grad students learn from international scholars in unique summer course

Ludwig van Beethoven believed “music can change the world.”

Don Wright Faculty of Music professor Paul Woodford might add that change is more likely if we listen to that music critically and understand its origins.

“Music is all around us, but we often don’t pay attention to it,” said Woodford, associate chair, music education, graduate studies. “I want my students to think twice about the music they create, compose and consume, and to consider whose music they are listening to, and why and how it was made.”

That is one impetus behind a unique course Woodford is offering to music education professionals in the master of music in music education program this summer.

The course, Music education as a global phenomenon: Social, historical, and political foundations and challenges of music education in state school systems internationally, runs online via Zoom July 19 to 30 in the department of music education.

Read full article (via Western News, July 16, 2021)

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