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Title:Sacred Music in Public Schools: A Historical Consideration of Policy and Practice
Author(s):Plummer, Amanda Kathleen
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Eve Harwood
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Religious
Abstract:A variety of recommendations for teachers, administrators, policy makers, and other stakeholders were offered. The essence of these recommendations follows: (1) Students should have the right (and know they have the right) to participate or to decline to participate when they or their parents feel that a particular activity violates their freedoms of religion or religious beliefs. (2) The music selected for use in public school classrooms must support musical learning objectives. To the greatest extent possible, music should be chosen objectively, for its educational merit, not for its religious significance. (3) Religious music should be presented in an objective way. Teachers can accomplish this by describing the historical, cultural, or musical significance of a work. (4) Selection and presentation of sacred music should be balanced. Selection should not favor (i.e. advance nor inhibit) any religion. Presentation of religious music should be further balanced by inclusion of secular music where appropriate.
Issue Date:2003
Description:254 p.
Thesis (Ed.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3086160
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2003

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