David J. Elliott
Elliott was educated at the University of Toronto (B.Mus, M. Mus., and B.Ed) and Case Western University (PhD, 1983). During his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Toronto Elliott studied trombone with Ralph Sauer (principal trombone, Toronto Symphony and, subsequently, principal trombone, LA Philharmonic) and played professionally as a jazz trombonist in Toronto. He also studied composition/arranging privately with several noted classical and jazz composers, including Gordon Delamont, one of Canada’s most respected composition teachers. His first major composition for large jazz ensemble won first prize in the 1976 composition competition of the US National Association of Jazz Educators (subsequently, the IAJE). He has published many choral and instrumental works with Boosey & Hawkes (New York).
In 1973 he was appointed to the position of lecturer in music education at the University of Toronto. He was subsequently appointed assistant, associate, and full professor of music education at U of T. At several points during his career at Toronto he also served as a Visiting Professor at other university music schools, including the University of North Texas, Indiana University, the University of Limerick, Northwestern University, and Rutgers.
In 2002 he was appointed Professor of Music and Director of Music Education in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University. He currently teaches MA and PhD courses at NYU, including music/music education philosophy, music research methods, music composition pedagogy, community music, psychology of music education, and curriculum development. He also advises PhD students in music education. During 2005-2007 (while full-time at NYU), he was also a Visiting Professor of music education at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music where he established and taught an MA program in music education.
Elliott is the author of Praxial Philosophy of Music Education as presented in "Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education (Oxford University Press, 1995). A collection of critically reflective essays on the praxial philosophy, Praxial Music Education: Reflections and Dialogues, was published by Oxford Press in 2005 and reissued in paperback in 2009. Elliott has published many book chapters, and journal articles in journals, including: Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education; The Journal of Aesthetic Education; International Journal of Music Education-Research; Philosophy of Music Education Review; Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education; Research Studies in Music Education; College Music Symposium; and Educational Philosophy and Theory.
He has presented more than 200 lectures at universities, including: Queens (Belfast), Trinity College-Dublin, and the Universities of Limerick and Cork, Ireland; the University of Cape Town, Durban-Natal, Johanneserg, Pretoria, and Stellenbosch, South Africa; the University of Auckland, Otago, Christchurch, and Wellington, New Zealand; the Sibelius Academy of Music, and the Universities of Oulu and Jyväskylä, Finland; Stockholm University and Orebro University, Sweden; the University of Porto (Portugal); Hong Kong Chinese University; the Universities of Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne, and Brisbane Australia; and, in the USA, the University of Southern California, UCLA, Michigan State, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Temple, Penn State, University of South Florida, University of Oklahoma, Boston University, University of Texas (Austin), University of Maryland-College Park, the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, the Hartt School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, James Madison University, and the University of Minnesota.
He has given many addresses at conferences in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Greece, Holland, Israel, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, and Taiwan.
At present, Elliott is Editor of Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education and serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Community Music (which he founded in 2004 with Kari Veblen), and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. He has also served on the Editorial Boards of the Philosophy of Music Education Review, Research Studies in Music Education, and the International Journal of Music Education.
Music Matters: A Praxial Philosophy of Music Education, 2nd Ed. Forthcoming in 2013.
Community Music Today. 2012.
Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education. 1995. New York: Oxford University Press.
Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education. 2009. Chinese translation by Jiaxing Xie and Dafu Lai. Shanghai, China: Shanghai Music Publishing House.
Praxial Music Education: Reflections and Dialogues. 2005/2009. New York: Oxford University Press.
Selected Journal Articles and Invited Book Chapters
2012. Music Education Philosophy. In The Oxford Handbook of Music Education (ed. Gary McPherson & Graham Welch).
2012. Elliott, David J. & Silverman, Marissa. Why Music Matters: Philosophical and Cultural Foundations. In The Oxford Handbook of Music, Health, and Wellbeing (ed. Raymond MacDonald), pp. 25-39.
2012. Elliott, David J. & Silverman, Marissa. Re-Thinking Philosophy, Re-Viewing Musical Affective Experience. In The Oxford Handbook of Music Education Philosophy (ed. Wayne Bowman). In press.
- 2008. Music for Citizenship: A Commentary on Paul Woodford’s Democracy and Music Education: Liberalism, Ethics, and the Politics of Practice. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, Vol 7, 1: 45-73. http://act.maydaygroup.org/articles/Elliott7_1.pdf
- 2007. “Socializing” Music Education. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education 6/4: 60-95. http://act.maydaygroup.org/articles/Elliott6_4.pdf
- 2007. Puerto Rico: A Site of Critical Performative Pedagogy. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, 6 (1): 2-24. http://act.maydaygroup.org/articles/Elliott6_1.pdf
- 2005. Musical Understanding, Musical Works, and Emotional Expression: Implications for Education. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 37(1): 93-103.
- 2004. 50 Years of ISME: Four Honorary Presidents. International Journal of Music Education: Research, 22: 93-101.
- 2001. Modernity, Postmodernity, and Music Education Philosophy. Research Studies in Music Education, 17: 17-41.
- 2000. Music and Affect: The Praxial View. Philosophy of Music Education Review 8(2): 79-88.
- 2000. Integration: For or Against? General Music Today 14(1): 4-8.