This qualitative exploration sought to understand how James Mursell (1893-1963) articulated the aims of music education, the role of the school music program, and the role of the music teacher throughout 25 years of published writings. Using a hermeneutical lens, this study viewed language as living, and human understanding as language-bound. The author analyzed selected chapters from five books including 370 pages of text. Twenty-four codes emerged, which were gathered into three themes, including (a) music-making as a vehicle for individual growth, (b) music teaching as influence, and (c) music-making fulfilling a community need. The discussion considers Mursell’s words within the dialogue of 21st century music education.
Parker, Elizabeth Cassidy
"A Qualitative Exploration of Selected Writings by James Mursell,"
Visions of Research in Music Education: Vol. 21, Article 4.
Available at: https://opencommons.uconn.edu/vrme/vol21/iss1/4