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Exploring and expressing Italian musical heritage in Melbourne (Australia): a women’s community choir

Southcott, Jane and Joseph, Dawn 2014, Exploring and expressing Italian musical heritage in Melbourne (Australia): a women’s community choir, in ANZARME 2014 : Moving forward through research : Abstracts of the 36th Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education Conference 2014, ANZARME, Canterbury, N.Z., pp. 1-1.

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Title Exploring and expressing Italian musical heritage in Melbourne (Australia): a women’s community choir
Author(s) Southcott, Jane
Joseph, DawnORCID iD for Joseph, Dawn orcid.org/0000-0002-6320-900X
Conference name Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education Conference (36th : 2014 : Queenstown, New Zealand)
Conference location Queenstown, New Zealand
Conference dates 3-5 Oct. 2014
Title of proceedings ANZARME 2014 : Moving forward through research : Abstracts of the 36th Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education Conference 2014
Editor(s) Sell, David
Moore, Errol
Publication date 2014
Conference series Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education Conference
Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Publisher ANZARME
Place of publication Canterbury, N.Z.
Keyword(s) ageing
wellbeing
singing
interpretative phenomenological analysis
Italian women
Summary

Australia comprises many cultures, ethnicities, and languages. Belonging to community music groups by older people can enhance quality of life, offer a sense fulfilment, and provide a space through which cultural and linguistic identity may be shared and celebrated. This qualitative case study explores engagement by older members of La Voce Della Luna, an Italian women’s community choir based in Melbourne, Victoria. Older Australians, particularly those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds frequently rely on voluntary community arts organisations to enhance quality of life. Singing together can provide ways for individuals and communities to express themselves, build community identity, improve quality of life, and celebrate cultural heritage. The members of the choir know that under their inspiring conductor they would learn new songs, new languages and new ways of performing. Their music director saw that the women’s singing together opened new horizons of social engagement and new ideas such as social justice and women’s rights.
This case is from the larger ongoing joint research project (2008 ongoing), Well-being and ageing: community, diversity and the arts in Victoria. Data were gathered from documentary sources and by individual and focus group semi-structured interviews (2013) and were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Significant themes emerged: social connection and combatting isolation, the maintenance and transmission of cultural heritage, and opening horizons about music making and social justice. This paper demonstrates that active music making makes it possible for older women to learn new skills, new ideas, and create for themselves a resilient community.

Language eng
Field of Research 190407 Music Performance
Socio Economic Objective 950101 Music
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Copyright notice ©2014, ANZARME
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30067113

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