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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25926

Title: The Music of the Environment
Authors: Shand, Patricia
Keywords: World Soundscape Project
Murray Schafer
music education
sonic environment
acoustic design
noise pollution
acoustic ecology
ear cleaning
aural sensitivity
interdisciplinary study of sound
Issue Date: 1974
Publisher: Canadian Music Educators Association
Citation: Shand, Patricia. "The Music of the Environment." Canadian Music Educator. Vol. 15, No. 2 (Winter 1974), pp. 5-12.
Description: Shand presents an account of composer-educator Murray Schafer's World Soundscape Project, which seeks "to study the sonic environment and man's relationship to it." The project explores the negatives of noise pollution, but also advocates for positive acoustic design - a new field of study which includes researching lost sounds, investigating psychological aspects of sound perception and response, and urban planning projects which emphasize acoustic ecology and the enhancement of community sound environments. The Project aims to encourage people to listen critically to their sonic environments, and Schafer has published print books, compositions, and recordings to advance this goal. The Project is located in British Columbia and currently focuses on the urban soundscape of Vancouver, but Shand explores the broader implications and usefulness of this project to music educators world-wide. Its potential to open students' ears and to engage them in critical listening could be crucial to expanded and interdisciplinary music programs and curricula. Shand offers suggestions for practical music classroom realization of the goals of this project, and argues for its importance to a broad and engaged educational philosophy.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25926
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