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Music as Art – Art as Being – Being as Music: A philosophical investigation of how Music Education can embrace the Work of Art based on Heidegger’s thinking
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
Musikhögskolan Ingesund, Karlstads Universitet.
2012 (English)In: Onthology, music, educaiton / [ed] Øivind, Varkøy and Frederick Pio, Ashgate , 2012Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Martin Heidegger claims that a Work of Art contains an intrinsic power to open the space of Being. If a Work of Art can be a musical Work of Art, then music posses the power to strike us and hence throw us into Being. The chapter will communicate an investigation of the philosophical thinking in Heidegger’s book The Origin of the Work of Art and what consequences that thinking could generate for music educational practice. More specifically the contribution to the theme of the book will be an examination of Heidegger’s thinking in relation to the new Swedish syllabus for the subject music. This theoretical study is animated by a living example of a young boy who is about to conquer music. Further, Art, as Heidegger describes it, is being focused and discussed in relation to how it can exist within music education. How is it possible to relate to Music as a Work of Art with the same distinctions as Heidegger presents for us, by looking upon Art as a Thing as well as a Tool but also as an as an opener to the space that constitutes the gap between Earth and World? To structure the philosophical investigation the chapter follows two main lines; one investigating Art as an opener to Being and the other focusing the equivalence between how the Artist makes the Work of Art in the same time as the Work of Art makes the Artist. According to Heidegger, this equivalence is the very Origin of Art. We argue, that the educator has an unquestionable role in this creational space of Origin, seen as an educational practice. To be able to understand, draw parallels and exemplify Heidegger’s thinking, we choose to relate the investigation of those two main line issues to the Swedish national syllabus for the subject Music. The disposition of the chapter starts with a narrative that describes how a musical Work of Art has changed history for a young boy. A section follows where Heidegger’s concepts The Origin of the Work of Art, and The space of Being between World and Earth are presented and explored. Heidegger’s thinking is then related to the new Swedish governing documents, an investigation aiming to explore how the syllabus embrace and perform Heidegger’s thinking in music educational practise. The chapter will be ended by a discussion about how music education can offer students a place in Being, and music educators’ roles as being parts of the creational Origin process of a Work of Art.

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Ashgate , 2012.
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Work of art, Being, Heidegger, syllabuses, music education
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Curriculum Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-162553OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-162553DiVA: diva2:460787
Available from: 2011-12-01 Created: 2011-12-01 Last updated: 2013-04-03

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