James Mursell was one of the most influential writers in the field of music education during the 20th century. His position that music should be presented to students as an aesthetic entity, its beauty and form studied for their intrinsic value, served as the basic premise of his many books and articles. He later changed his position to include music appreciated also for its extra-musical values. In this dimension, his thoughts merged with those of John Dewey. While Dewey’s educational influences were vast, one way to explore the relationship between his career contributions and music education is in relation to how he questioned the educational practices of his own time.
Metz, Donald and Floyd, Eva
"Mursell and Dewey in 2012: Would They Fit In Today?,"
Visions of Research in Music Education: Vol. 21
, Article 5.
Available at: https://opencommons.uconn.edu/vrme/vol21/iss1/5