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Christopher Small and music education, 1977–2007

Vincent J Cee, University of Massachusetts Amherst


This study focused on Christopher Small's (b. 1927) perspectives on the inception, reception and application of his work since 1977 when his first book, Music Society Education was published. Small's perceptions and thoughts were recorded, transcribed and analyzed using oral history techniques based on qualitative research design. Grounded theory was employed in data analysis, and in the interpretation of Small's responses to interview questions. Implications for teachers, policy makers and curriculum designers suggest that musical activity within institutions ought to be examined further as to what end this activity serves, and as to where it places both teacher and learner. The author sought the extent to which Small's ideas have gained traction in current music education practice and findings revealed that Small's ideas are outside of foundational and current trends in music education based in the European classical tradition.

Subject Area

Biographies|Music|Music education

Recommended Citation

Cee, Vincent J, "Christopher Small and music education, 1977–2007" (2008). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI3336978.