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Barrett, MS 2006 , 'Aesthetic Response', in Gary E. McPherson (ed.), The Child as Musician: A handbook of musical development , Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 173-191.

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'Aesthetic response' is one of a constellation of related terms and concepts (e.g., aesthetic
experience. aesthetic judgement. aesthetic choice, affective response, musical appreciation,
musical preference, musical taste) that have been employed in music education research,
theory. and practice when attempting to describe and/or define the nature of music knowing,
experience, and judgement. As such the concept of aesthetic response is deeply problematic,
an 'essentially contested concept' (Gallie, 1964; Bar rett, 2002), To separate the terms,
the 'aesthetic' stems from a philosophical tradition establish ed in th e eigh te ent h century,
which drew on the legacy of the Ancient Greeks in an attempt to determine the nature.
meaning and value of the arts and sensory experience to human existence. The latter term
'response' implies the end-point of some form of interaction; one that could be the result
of precipitate stimulation, behaviourist training. or, considered reflection. While originally
located in the realm of philosophy, when wedded to 'response', and placed in the context of
music education, 'aesthetic response' has also been the object of study within psychology
and sociology.

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Authors/Creators:Barrett, MS
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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