Using voice to make musical and social connections

Joseph, Dawn 2015, Using voice to make musical and social connections, Journal of local development, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 35-66.

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Title Using voice to make musical and social connections
Author(s) Joseph, DawnORCID iD for Joseph, Dawn
Journal name Journal of local development
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Start page 35
End page 66
Total pages 32
Publisher Surindra Rajabhat University Press
Place of publication Bangkok, Thailand
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1905-8179
Keyword(s) community music
interpretative phenomenological analysis
socail justice
Summary Community music is a rich and ongoing activity-taking place in formal and informal settings around Australia. This small-scale phenomenological qualitative case study is part of my wider study Spirituality and Wellbeing: Music in the Community that began in 2013. This paper demonstrates that community music making in a regional district in Victoria (Australia) makes it possible for choirs to use their voice to make musical and social connections to self and community that enhances both personal and community wellbeing. In May 2014, I visited three choirs for a week in the city of Warnnambool. Drawing on observation, questionnaires and focus group semi-structured interviews, I analysed the data using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The findings include why people join choirs in regional towns, what they enjoyed that contributed to their wellbeing and why they want to sing about issues that make connections to social justice and sustainability. Though generalisations cannot be made to other towns or choirs, the findings show the need, importance and benefits of connecting to each other and the wider community. Using voice can serve as an effective platform to promote issues in the community such as social justice and the environment. It is hoped that the findings may provide a vehicle for further dialogue where choirs in other settings may experience similar connections to their community.
Language eng
Field of Research 190407 Music Performance
190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 950101 Music
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
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