Singing in La Voce Della Luna Italian women's choir in Melbourne, Australia

Southcott, Jane and Joseph, Dawn 2015, Singing in La Voce Della Luna Italian women's choir in Melbourne, Australia, International journal of music education, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 91-102, doi: 10.1177/0255761414546244.

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Title Singing in La Voce Della Luna Italian women's choir in Melbourne, Australia
Author(s) Southcott, Jane
Joseph, DawnORCID iD for Joseph, Dawn
Journal name International journal of music education
Volume number 33
Issue number 1
Start page 91
End page 102
Total pages 1213
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-02
ISSN 0255-7614
Keyword(s) community music
cultural and linguistic diversity
older Italian women
social justice
Summary Australia is a country of ongoing migration that embraces diversity, creative expression and cultural activity. Membership of community music groups by older people can enhance life quality, and may provide a space through which cultural and linguistic identity may be shared and celebrated. This qualitative phenomenological case study explores engagement by older members of La Voce Della Luna, an Italian women’s community choir based in Melbourne, Victoria. This article presents one case study from a larger ongoing research project, Well-being and ageing: community, diversity and the arts in Victoria. In this study, data were gathered from documentary sources and by individual and focus group semi-structured interviews in 2013. Employing interpretative phenomenological analysis two significant themes emerged: Social connection and combatting isolation; and New horizons: music-making and social justice. This article describes how active music for older women provides opportunities to learn new skills, new ideas, and create for themselves a resilient community.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0255761414546244
Field of Research 190407 Music Performance
190499 Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified
199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940103 Ageing and Older People
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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