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ERIC Number: EJ1051649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
Singing in "La Voce Della Luna" Italian Women's Choir in Melbourne, Australia
Southcott, Jane; Joseph, Dawn
International Journal of Music Education, v33 n1 p91-102 Feb 2015
Australia is a country of ongoing migration that embraces diversity, creative expression and cultural activity. Membership of community music groups by older people can enhance life quality, and may provide a space through which cultural and linguistic identity may be shared and celebrated. This qualitative phenomenological case study explores engagement by older members of "La Voce Della Luna," an Italian women's community choir based in Melbourne, Victoria. This article presents one case study from a larger ongoing research project, Well-being and ageing: "community, diversity and the arts in Victoria." In this study, data were gathered from documentary sources and by individual and focus group semi-structured interviews in 2013. Employing interpretative phenomenological analysis two significant themes emerged: Social connection and combatting isolation; and New horizons: music-making and social justice. This article describes how active music for older women provides opportunities to learn new skills, new ideas, and create for themselves a resilient community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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