Theses Doctoral

An Autoethnographic Exploration of a Space for Aesthetic Education in the Music Conservatory

Zhang, Sophie X.

This autoethnographic study explores a space for aesthetic education in a Western classical music conservatory setting. It examines my own teaching of a graduate-level elective course called Modernism: Art and Music over the span of three years under the zero-Covid policy in China. Through my own attending as a teacher, I explore areas of wide-awakeness, imagination, and pluralism found within the framework of Maxine Greene’s aesthetic education philosophy.

By documenting my transformative and reflexive journey, I hope to shed light on the possibilities for educators and policymakers to consider a wider implementation of aesthetic education approaches in the conservatory to better support students’ personal, musical, and career developments.

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Academic Units
Arts and Humanities
Thesis Advisors
Parkes, Kelly A.
Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University
Published Here
February 21, 2024