Community, commitment and the ten 'Commandments's : singing in the Coro Furlan, Melbourne, Australia

Southcott, Jane and Joseph, Dawn 2013, Community, commitment and the ten 'Commandments's : singing in the Coro Furlan, Melbourne, Australia, International journal of community music, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 5-21.

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Title Community, commitment and the ten 'Commandments's : singing in the Coro Furlan, Melbourne, Australia
Author(s) Southcott, Jane
Joseph, Dawn
Journal name International journal of community music
Volume number 6
Issue number 3
Start page 5
End page 21
Total pages 17
Publisher Intellect Ltd.
Place of publication Bristol, England
Publication date 2013-02
ISSN 1752-6299
1752-6302
Keyword(s) community music
Australian cultural diverts
Italian heritage
well-being
positive ageing
music learning
choral singing
Summary Membership of community music groups by older people can enhance quality of life, provide a sense fulfillment, and create a space through which cultural identity may be shared. This case study explores community and cultural engagement by members of the Coro Furlan, an Italian male community choir in Melbourne, Australia. Members were interviewed and data analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Three broad themes were identified: sense of community, maintenance of cultural identity, and sustaining well-being through shared music making. The choir members perform music from Italy and elsewhere and consider themselves to be custodians of Friulan choral music. Singing in this choir has offered members an opportunity to value, learn, and share music in formal and informal settings. This paper identifies how music engagement can facilitate successful ageing through commitment to community, singing and following the ten ‘Commandments’ of the Coro Furlan.
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950101 Music
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052600

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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