Philosophy of Music Education 22.2 is a special issue in memoriam of Prof. Frede V. Nielsen who died on March 21, 2013 at the age of 70. Nielsen added the words bildung and didaktik (from which he developed the term “didactology”) to the international lexicon of concepts with which philosophers of music education in other traditions were familiar. These ideas are at home within Continental philosophy, particularly in the Germanic tradition, and it seemed fitting to devote this special issue to an examination of Nielsen’s ideas by a group of European writers from Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland familiar with Nielsen’s understanding of them.
Our writers concur that the focus of Nielsen’s philosophy of music education lies in the ontology of the musical experience, on what subject matter should be studied, and on the basis on which this decision should be made... Nielsen seeks an aesthetic experience of music that values musical substance and manner, hermeneutics and phenomenology, intrinsic merit and instrumental purpose, spirituality and sensuality. As our writers show, layer upon layer of bildung and didaktik are evident in Nielsen’s theory of music education.
Excerpted from the introduction by Estelle R. Jorgensen
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