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Spiritual connections made through music making: sharing faith and music in an Australian setting

Joseph,DY 2015, Spiritual connections made through music making: sharing faith and music in an Australian setting, International journal of social, political, and community agendas in the arts, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 29-42.

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Title Spiritual connections made through music making: sharing faith and music in an Australian setting
Author(s) Joseph,DYORCID iD for Joseph,DY orcid.org/0000-0002-6320-900X
Journal name International journal of social, political, and community agendas in the arts
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 29
End page 42
Total pages 14
Publisher Common Ground
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2015-02-27
ISSN 2326-9960
Summary The musical involvement of people over the centuries is fundamentally interwoven with spiritual experiences (Seifert 2011). This paper discusses the connection between music and spirituality in an inter-denominational group in the southeastern suburbs of Melbourne. With ethical clearance, through semi-structured interviews with two church leaders and the music worship team, subsequently employing Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), I analysed and codified the data gathered. Two overarching themes are discussed: insights into music and spirituality; and connecting music to worship with self and others. The findings show that music in worship may provide a rich pathway for people to explore, experience, and express their spirituality, and to connect to the wider multicultural society. It also adds to the current debates on whether music has spiritual significance for some people apart from community expressions of spirituality through music. Limitations of the current study are knowledged and generalizations cannot be made regarding connections to music and spirituality. However, the findings do indicate that music in worship can enrich one’s spiritual experience and connection with God and others.
Language eng
Field of Research 190407 Music Performance
220401 Christian Studies (incl Biblical Studies and Church History)
220405 Religion and Society
Socio Economic Objective 950101 Music
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Common Ground
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30070611

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