Many music educators choose their profession not only for the love of music, but also because of the desire to transform students’ personalities and character through the power of music. Idealistic notions such as making the world a better place through music dominate many teaching philosophies. Though these ideals are common in many teaching, they can be dangerous, not only as cause for a potential burnout due to unrealistic goals, but also because of their susceptibility to the influence of ideologies. The German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno criticized such idealistic teaching philosophies and educational approaches, referring to the misuse of music education by the National socialists. He argued for a critical examination of pedagogical beliefs and personal assumptions. Adorno’s ideas on music education provide an interesting framework for critically investigating idealistic teaching philosophies.
"Paradise Lost? A Critical Examination of Idealistic Philosophies of Teaching
through the Lens of Theodor W. Adorno,"
Visions of Research in Music Education: Vol. 19, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lib.uconn.edu/vrme/vol19/iss1/2