Views on Music Education in the 21st Century

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Richard Colwell

Dr. Richard Colwell is professor Emeritus of Music Education at the University of Illinois and the New England Conservatory of Music and the founding editor of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and the Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning. He is also a Guggenheim scholar and a member of MENC's Hall of Fame. He is the author of numerous books, chapters, and articles on the subject of music education curriculum, methods, evaluation, and research. He is the editor of the MENC Handbook of Research Methodologies, the MENC Handbook of Musical Cognition and Development, and The New Handbook Of Research On Music Teaching And Learning. (Image and bio source: Rhode Island College)

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  1. Thank you, Dr. Colwell, for this information packed article. There is much here to consider, and for me personally, it’s gotten the wheels turning. What should the future of music education be, when the very fabric of what defines music is now changing dramatically? What new corporations and organizations of influence will shape what is to be learned, and maybe more importantly, the way in which it will be taught? What are the most important elements of music as a performing art, and what are the standards to be used to measure these elements? Now may be the optimal time to re-evaluate the way we have been approaching these questions.

    Thank you,
    Adam Goldberg

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