Roger Mantie - University of Toronto Scarborough

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Chapter 1: Thinking About Music and Technology

Roger Mantie, Arizona State University

In this chapter the author explores implications of Heidegger’s landmark discussion of technology for , specifically how our relationship with it is “revealing” of the human condition and how this may bear on music education. Technology’s impact on understandings of what it means to be human is explored through a discussion of techné and technological determinism. This idea is then linked to how technology has altered our musical subjectivity and our understandings of what it means to be “musically educated.” The chapter concludes considering a few ways in which we might begin to think about technology’s potential impact on our music teaching and learning practices, with a reminder that the classroom is perhaps the ultimate technology at our disposal.

Keywords: Heidegger; techné; technological determinism; musical subjectivity; musically educated