Music in worship: making spiritual connections through sound

Joseph, Dawn and Petersen, Alvin 2015, Music in worship: making spiritual connections through sound, Musiekleier, vol. 35, no. 42, pp. 56-67.

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Title Music in worship: making spiritual connections through sound
Author(s) Joseph, DawnORCID iD for Joseph, Dawn
Petersen, Alvin
Journal name Musiekleier
Volume number 35
Issue number 42
Start page 56
End page 67
Total pages 12
Publisher Die Suider-Afrikaanse Kerkorrelistevereniging
Place of publication Pretoria, S.A.
Publication date 2015-12
ISSN 1999-3412
Keyword(s) community
church music
Summary Music has played a significant role in religion and spiritual settings over the centuries and continues to be included throughout church history, forming an important aspect of worship, contributing to spiritual growth and wellbeing. This article situates itself within a wider study on Spirituality and Wellbeing: Music in the community. Drawing on narrative reflection, the authors discusstheir experiences across Melbourne (Australia) and Potchefstroom (South Africa) and include some interview data from church musicians from the wider study in Melbourne in relation to how church music contributes to spirituality and impacts on wellbeing. As church musicians they argue that music in church settings can offer parishioners the opportunity to experienceand express spirituality in their life through sound. They recognize and acknowledge that music through singing, playing, improvising and listening is an aspect of spiritual connection that is not confined to the institution of the church or to a religion but is concerned with the connection wefeel and sense in mysterious and unknown places and spacesThe findings of this study are limited as it only focuses on the experience of the authors, hence, generalizations to other musicians or church settings cannot be made. The authors argue that music in church settings can enliven andtransform worship through music in which spiritual connections can be fostered between God and man that positively engender wellbeing.
Language eng
Field of Research 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
190407 Music Performance
Socio Economic Objective 950101 Music
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
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