A Basis for Music Education by Keith Swanwick

By Keith Swanwick

Designed for all track lecturers, this publication presents an exam and research of the elemental ideas serious about track. It investigates questions similar to: what's tune? Is song significant? Does track refine our emotions and feelings? if that is so, how? The dialogue of those questions kinds a conceptual framework which goals to inspire additional pondering and improvement in tune schooling.

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The result for us is a new and distinctive feeling quality, what has sometimes been called the ‘aesthetic emotion’. Those who are able to respond to music in this way will often speak of an experience The Feelingfulness of Music 29 that is transcendental. For there can be no doubt that under certain conditions an aesthetic experience can be a powerful and deep emotional activity, something which takes hold of us and affects the very core of our being. By now it will have become clear that we have been using the word emotion in three quite different ways.

Now it is possible, I suppose, to argue that we might eventually develop a set of appraisals which made no group of people, ethnic or political, or any individual, the object of such emotions. Even so we cannot be said to be educating the emotions as such but will be simply removing the situations which trigger them 34 A Basis for Music Education off and perhaps, eventually, will get rid of them altogether. Indeed the general effect of Peter’s statements on the subject is that emotions are to be avoided if possible and if not, then must be endured as an unfortunate experience.

We signal something about ourselves by the gestures we make, the faces we pull, the actions we perform or by the clothes we wear. In this case we are conscious of the effect we make on others and such self-expression, if carried very far, earns the label ‘exhibitionist’. The third meaning has to do with the making of symbolic forms embodying meaning. ’, whether the symbols are linguistic, mathematical or artistic. It seems unfortunate that a blend of the first two meanings tends to overshadow this aspect of expression.

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