In Music Teachers' Values and Beliefs, Dwyer investigates the
relationships between teachers, learners and music in music
classrooms. Using Bourdieu's concepts of habitus and doxa as an
interpretive lens, the book explores the values and beliefs of four
music teachers, depicted in richly detailed narratives. The
narratives are contextualized through the examination of traditions
of music and contemporary approaches. In the past, music education
has been shaped by elitist tendencies regarding the types of music
worthy of study, the ways in which music should be learnt, and the
purpose of such learning. Contemporary approaches to music
education have enacted significant change in some regions and
systems, while others have been slower to leave behind deeply
entrenched values, beliefs and practices. These approaches have
been blamed for low rates of participation and engagement in school
music education, despite the fact that the majority of young people
listen to and enjoy music outside of school. This innovative book
provides music education researchers and practitioners with a new
understanding of the impact of teachers' personal values, beliefs
and experiences of music and music education on classroom practice,
and the impact this has on students' experiences of music
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