Photo: Kalle Kallio
Book editors: Heidi Westerlund, Alexis Kallio and Philip Alperson

Perspectives on Music, Education, and Religion: A Critical Inquiry


Why music, education and religion?

In today's world, many nations are moving to separate official state policies from organized religion. Consequently, schooling is now envisioned as an increasingly secular endeavour. This has also affected the professional and academic discourses of music education. Religious beliefs and/or practices have been seen as things wholly separate from how music is taught and learnt in many contemporary societies.

A renewed consciousness of cultural diversity in music education has revitalized discussion on these issues. However, as students, scholars and teachers face questions and challenges relating to religion as it pertains to music education, there are few academic resources for them to draw upon.

Our forthcoming book: Perspectives on Music, Education and Religion: A Critical Inquiry addresses a long standing silence surrounding the nexus of music, education and religion. The book offers a resource for reflexivity and critical insights from a variety of scholarly perspectives.

Who is contributing to the book?

With approximately twenty chapters by authors from different countries, different disciplines and theoretical approaches, the book embraces a range of perspectives. These include different religious, contextual, geographical, historical and theoretical standpoints. Authors represent the disciplines of music education, philosophy, religious studies, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, history and ethnomusicology as well as practitioners working in the field.

Who are the editors?

The editors of Perspectives on Music, Education and Religion: A Critical Inquiry are Dr. Alexis Anja Kallio (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland), Prof. Philip Alperson (Temple University, USA) and Prof. Heidi Westerlund (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland). The editors represent a range of expertise and experience in areas such as popular music education, censorship in educational contexts, cultural theory, philosophy of the arts, aesthetics, teacher education, collaborative learning and intercultural education.

What is this blog about?

This blog will be regularly updated with contributions from each of the authors participating in the Perspectives on Music, Education and Religion: A Critical Inquiry, alongside news of the book's release, anticipated in 2016. The blog will serve as a valuable resource for scholars, researchers, teachers, students and others interested in the intersections between music, education and religion, and provide a forum for continuing discussion.