Community music-making in regional Australia: creating, improvising and performing at a festival

Joseph,D 2014, Community music-making in regional Australia: creating, improvising and performing at a festival, International journal of community music, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 379-395, doi: 10.1386/ijcm.7.3.379_1.

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Title Community music-making in regional Australia: creating, improvising and performing at a festival
Author(s) Joseph,DORCID iD for Joseph,D
Journal name International journal of community music
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Start page 379
End page 395
Publisher Intellect Ltd.
Place of publication Bristol, England
Publication date 2014-12-01
ISSN 1752-6299
Keyword(s) Community
Creative music-making
Cultural interactions
Field-based teaching
Music festivals
Summary Community arts in Australia, as in many other countries, continue to permeate society, illuminating the past and shaping the future. This article situates itself as an aspect of community music through creative music-making within a larger research project that started at Deakin University (DU) (Melbourne, Australia) in 2011 called ‘Flows and Catchments’. Through the lens of creative arts and music-making, I argue that community partnerships between local communities and tertiary institutions are a fertile ground to celebrate arts practice where the cultural and artistic life of the community is promoted, fostering respect and understanding between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. In 2012, I presented a music workshop at the 8th Annual Lake Bolac Eel Festival (LBEF) in Western Victoria. Using the African term Masakhane, which means ‘let us build together’, I provide a snapshot of my experience through journaling and anecdotal feedback as I reflect in and on the teaching and learning episode of the volcanic composition. The community partnership between DU (academics in an urban space) and the LBEF (local community in a regional place) provided an opportunity for people of all ages to engage, explore and experience music-making collectively in a social context. As a tertiary music educator, I propose more pathways being established with regional communities in order to deepen the knowledge and understanding of them; schools, communities, artists, academics and tertiary students can form cultural synergies in place-based settings like those of festivals.
Language eng
DOI 10.1386/ijcm.7.3.379_1
Field of Research 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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