Music, growth and wisdom : the educational thought of Carl Orff and Alfred North Whitehead
Bischoff, Susan Colette
This thesis demonstrates how an interdisciplinary, organic music program built on the theory of Alfred North Whitehead and the practice of Carl Orff fosters freedom, imagination, creative expression, discipline, and wisdom so that children may learn about themselves, others, and the living world through an interdisciplinary approach to music. The thesis also addresses the failure of music educators to fully recognize and embrace the compatibility of Orff and Whitehead’s work and the subsequent deficiency of school systems to provide aesthetic experiences through elementary music programs that develop wisdom. The thesis underlines the importance of education that enables balanced growth in children; provides an historical perspective on the factors that contributed to the development of Orff’s Schulwerk; emphasizes the importance of arts education in Whitehead’s educational philosophy; and provides a constructive proposal for a music education program utilizing the philosophy and practice of Whitehead and Orff. The potentiality for music education and a process-based approach combining the work of Orff and Whitehead designed to nurture growth and wisdom and help children live life to the fullest, are underscored.
DegreeMaster of Education (M.Ed.)
CommitteePurdue, Peter; Miller, Dianne M.; Flynn, Mark
Copyright DateApril 2009
rhythmic cycles of growth