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“I did not know what to expect”: Music as a means to achieving work-life balance

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posted on 2024-06-05, 10:56 authored by Dawn JosephDawn Joseph
Work–life balance has become a buzzword in many corporate settings. This study situates itself at a higher education institute in Melbourne (Australia) where African music (singing and drumming) was used as a lever for faculty staff to “break from work” and “learn about a new music and culture”. Drawing on email communication, questionnaire data, and anecdotal feedback, a phenomenological approach was adopted to explore the benefits, challenges, and opportunities staff experienced as a recreational group music activity. Data were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis as a tool. Two overarching themes emerged (group participation and learning, and challenges) and are discussed in the findings. The workshops proved successful and are worthy to be replicated in other places and spaces. Further research is needed to gain insight into whether regular music workshops can influence work–life balance and professional learning for staff.

History

Journal

Research Studies in Music Education

Volume

43

Article number

ARTN 1321103X19899176

Pagination

161-178

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1321-103X

eISSN

1834-5530

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

2

Publisher

SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD