International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 13 Review 2

December 26, 2012

Patriotism and Nationalism in Music Education: A Review Essay

John Sloboda
Guildhall School of Music & Drama, UK

Book Reviewed: Hebert, D., & Kertz-Welzel, A. (2012). Patriotism and nationalism in music education. Farnham, UK. Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4094-3080-3.

Citation: Sloboda, J. (2012). Patriotism and nationalism in music education: A review essay. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 13(Review 2). Retrieved [date] from


This book is a brave first attempt to bring together information and arguments relevant to an understanding of how patriotism and nationalism intersect with music education. As such, it both stands as a "must read" resource for anyone interested in this topic, and also as an indication of how little we know in depth about the effects of patriotism on music teachers and the young people they teach. There are many empirical studies that are begging to be done, and I hope this book stimulates some researchers to undertake them.

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