Music education: What is in a name?

Music education: What is in a name?

Professor Guillermo Rosabal-Coto 

Throughout the history of what has become the ISSME, speakers and topics have prominently addressed issues that are possibly more applicable to the Euro-(North)American contexts than to countries in the Southern hemisphere. As a sociologist, educator and researcher born and working in the so-called Third World, I appreciate being invited as guest speaker for this conference. 

I want to share what I call personal interrogations of theoretical concepts and pedagogical practices that shaped me as a colonized recipient and, to some extent, a colonizer advocate of such concepts and practices. Such interrogations originate in my own lifelong dislocations experienced in my own body in music socialization, as what I call a colonized/colonizer standing in both North and South. I do not propose definitive answers. I rather encourage the audience to engage in a similar itinerary of personally experienced dislocation, by detaching from givens passed on as “natural” and “normal” in what has been constructed as the field of music education.