The Aesthetic Dimension and the Emphasis to Aesthetic Experiences in Music Curricula: A Comparative Critical Approach

By Maria Kokkidou.

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Education is not just a stage of student’s preparation for their adult life, an isolated stage of incubation in schools. In order to prearrange an independent and notable future for children we should primarily help and boost them acquire rich experiences, which could make them lighten, move and theorize. The neurophysiologists inform us that in our brain there are centers named as “centers of enjoyment”, “centers of pleasure” and music is considered as one of the most drastic stimulus of these centers. Monk (1987/1992) points out that music education is dominated by the apollonian approach and aesthetic pleasure of music is the missing link from school music education, the most important - in his point of view – and momentous reason to seek for contact and familiarity with music. In this particular research we have studied and comparatively examined seven music curricula for comprehensive school of seven European countries/regions focusing on the importance and the promotion of aesthetic experiences, as they are explicitly expressed or emerged. The research is aiming at the detection and critical annotation of current tendencies within the European field of school music education.

Keywords: Music Curricula, Aesthetic Experiences, Aesthetic Pleasure, Comparative Music Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp.277-286. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 530.778KB).

Dr. Maria Kokkidou

Music Education Specialist and Researcher, Department of Elementary Education (Campus of Florina), University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece

May (Maria) Kokkidou, teaches within the field of Music-Pedagogy at the Department of Elementary Education (Campus of Florina), University of Western Macedonia. She has been posted as music educator and kindergarten teacher in Primary Education. She obtains a B.Sc. degree from the Preschool Education Academy of Thessaloniki and a B.Sc. from the Department of Preschool Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She also obtains a M.Sc. Degree on the field of Language- History and Culture from the Department of Elementary Education of Florina, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and PhD in Comparative Music Education (University of Western Macedonia). She has degrees in Classical Guitar, Higher Harmonic Theory, Counterpoint and Band Orchestration. She is a member of ISME, OMEP, EEME and ASCD and of artistic - pedagogical groups. She is author of several articles and books on Pedagogy, Music and Aesthetic Education.


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