The Ethic of Care in Music Education

Open Access
Dowd, Olivia Spencer
Area of Honors:
Music Education
Bachelor of Music Education
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Sarah H Watts, Thesis Supervisor
  • Linda Carol Porter Thornton, Honors Advisor
  • music
  • music education
  • ethics
  • care
  • ethic of care
  • pedagogy
The need for understanding students in education and their needs in the classroom has been and continues to be a priority for many educators and administrators within the field of music education. Often, educators and administrators go into the field of music education because they care about the students and/or the subject material. In other words, teachers and administrators seek a career in the field of music education because they care. This research explores different settings and seeks answers to the role of caring in music and music pedagogy. The interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships inherent in music-making are reflections of the relational nature of human beings. These interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships that are arguably inherent to music call into question the methodology of teaching music. The purpose of this research is to critically examine the pedagogical practices of care in music education in the view of a care ethic. I will follow the cultural influences and the practical implications of a caring culture in music and the musical classroom.