incomplete justification

It is the school band, comprised of a plurality of students – amateurs – who are participating for many different reasons. Kaplan (1966) refers to Reimer and says that we weaken the position of music education when we provide unnecessary rationale for it. He continues that the uniqueness of the aesthetic is what provides a contribution, not words; we are involved with subjective experiences. I know this, I support this, and yet, I still get sidetracked with the notion of justifying our time together, progressing, and pushing students to more and more.

An importance of music education is that it needs renewed affirmation. Kaplan identifies an example of incomplete justification for music education through specific outlined objectives. They include such things as “unify and stimulate group morale”, “stimulate general interest in musical activity”, “encourage and stimulate some form of music for every child”. He calls these justifications byproducts to a appease administrators and school boards and the like. They are used because they are measurable by instruments of social sciences, and therefore, are used as unnecessary rhetoric.


About mundyviar

Mundy Viar, PhD, is an educator, administrator, researcher, and musician. A credentialed educator and education administrator in California, Dr. Viar has practiced in several school districts throughout the Golden State, leading instrumental and vocal music programs in the K-12 systems. Prior to working in the K-12 system, Dr. Viar served as a Program Director for the Blue Devils, an internationally celebrated youth organization dedicated to performance excellence, based in Concord, California. During his time with the Blue Devils, the "B" Corps performed as a Div. II Finalist at the 1997 Drum Corps International World Championships in Florida, and as the US representative at the 1998 World Marching Band Festival in Kanagawa Prefecture Japan. Additionally, Dr. Viar is an adjunct facilitator for the University of the West Indies Open Campus, where is has served as doctoral Research Supervisor, thesis defense committee member, and course tutor. Dr. Viar is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco (PhD); the University of California, Berkeley (MA); and, Virginia Commonwealth University (BS). Key attributes: communication, collaboration, shared and distributed leadership, ABCD, PAR
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