Striving for Justice with Determination and Hope: An Epilogue

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Social justice is an intellectual ideal and an educational movement, as well as a fervent desire held by individuals committed to respecting the worth of persons. This epilogue situates music educators within this broad landscape of theories, perspectives, and practices. For the field to embrace socially just practices as commonplace—answering the call with determination—good work must be initiated on many fronts. Music educators can draw on the clear and persuasive arguments offered here for expanding visions of music teaching and learning, while grappling with multidimensional challenges that attend social justice. This professional transformation will depend upon imaginative thinking and critical awakening, especially in contradistinction to the pervasive neoliberal milieu of the times. Music teacher education holds special promise for developing and strengthening teachers’ commitments to equitable, culturally responsive, and liberatory practices, especially when focused on dispositions that cultivate music teachers’ sense of agency and caring.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education
EditorsCathy Benedict, Patrick Schmidt, Gary Spruce, Paul Woodford
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199356157, 9780190886639
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • transformation
  • agency social justice
  • liberatory
  • culturally responsive
  • equity


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