Applied Ethnomusicology, Music Therapy and Ethnographically Informed Choral Education: The Merging of Disciplines during a Case Study in Hopevale, Northern Queensland
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Swijghuisen Reigersberg, Muriel Elsbeth
- Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
This chapter will examine recent developments in the areas of applied ethnomusicology, music therapy theory and choral education. Shifts in academic thought have led to increased commonalities between the disciplines. I will demonstrate that these shifts in thinking and practice are stimulating interdisciplinary research. I begin by looking at quotations in recent publications in the areas of medical ethnomusicology, anthropology and music psychology in order to demonstrate that a definite shift in thinking has occurred which favours applied, ethnographically informed approaches. I then examine the concept of “culture centred music therapy” (Stige 2002) and how it overlaps with an applied ethnographically informed approach to choral education and facilitation, with a specific focus on music and healing practices. This I relate to my own ethnographically informed research as an applied, female, Dutch ethnomusicologist in the Australian Aboriginal\ud community of Hopevale, Northern Queensland between September 2004 and June 2005.