Sharing music and culture through singing in Australia

Joseph, Dawn 2009, Sharing music and culture through singing in Australia, International journal of community music, vol. 2, no. 2&3, pp. 169-181.

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Title Sharing music and culture through singing in Australia
Author(s) Joseph, Dawn
Journal name International journal of community music
Volume number 2
Issue number 2&3
Start page 169
End page 181
Publisher Intellect Ltd.
Place of publication Bristol, England
Publication date 2009-10
ISSN 1752-6299
1752-6302
Keyword(s) cultural diversity
multiculturalism
identity
community music
Summary This article discusses the notion of sharing music and culture as an effective platform to celebrate diversity in Melbourne, Australia. My research project ‘Celebrating Music Making and Finding Meaning’ investigates and illustrates a context of diversity, one that promotes respect in a multicultural society sharing music and culture of a minority group. In 2007, I interviewed members of the South African choir in Melbourne; here I report on some data regarding why members sing in the choir, what are their understandings of a so-called South African identity and what they would like to share with the wider Australian community. I present some theoretical perspectives focusing on the notion of cultural and musical identity within a multicultural society. Such findings may have similar implications for other multicultural educational settings exploring the possibilities of valuing cultural diversity and making music across ages through a choir where difference can be shared and celebrated.
Language eng
Field of Research 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019552

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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