Journal article

Critical ontology for an enactive music pedagogy

Dylan van der Schyff, Andrea Schiavio, David J Elliott

Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education | MayDay Group | Published : 2016


An enactive approach to music education is explored through the lens of critical ontology. Assumptions central to Western academic music culture are critically discussed; and the concept of ‘ontological education’ is introduced as an alternative framework. We argue that this orientation embraces more primordial ways of knowing and being, revealing the fundamentally self-organizing or ‘autopoietic’ nature of the embodied musical mind. This enactive perspective is then contrasted with classic constructivist approaches and is developed within the context of care ethics. Ethical and practical possibilities for an enactive music pedagogy are suggested with the goal of helping music educators deve..

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