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Tasman Connections through Song: Engaging in Classrooms and in Community

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posted on 2017-11-21, 00:00 authored by Dawn JosephDawn Joseph, R Trinick
Community is an overarching word that encompasses people in formal and informal settings covering a broad range of activities. Engaging through sound ‘in community’ and ‘as community’ provides the opportunity for participants come together make and share music through song. This paper focuses on voice (singing) across the Tasman within formal and informal locations. Dawn draws on interview data within an ‘informal’ space with three community choirs in regional Victoria (Australia) from her wider study Spirituality and Wellbeing: Music in the Community. The data shows that choir members use voice to connect with their local community around issues about social justice and the environment. The choir ndings are reported under two overarching themes: connections to singing and wellbeing, and connections to community. Robyn uses narrative re ection as she focusses on song lyrics as shared text with her generalist pre-service teacher’s in a ‘formal’ space within the Bachelor of Education (primary) programme at the University of Auckland. She explores the deeper meaning, and language features such as metaphor and personi cation that are evident in many songs and argues that songs provide a useful context for cultural and language learning. Her narrative is discussed under two overarching themes: bene ts of singing, and social and linguistic connections. Though generalisations about singing across the Tasman cannot be made to other community or educational settings, we assert that singing is a powerful medium that can foster positive growth in education and community settings.



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2017, World Alliance for Arts Education



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Engaging with Communities : Proceedings of the 7th World Alliance for Arts Education Conference 2017


World Alliance for Arts Education. Conference (7th : 2017 : Auckland, N.Z.)


University of Auckland

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Auckland, N.Z.


World Alliance for Arts Education Conference