ERIC Number: EJ1160539
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Inside the Fences: Pedagogical Practices and Purposes of Songwriting in an Adult Male U.S. State Prison
Cohen, Mary L.; Wilson, Catherine M.
International Journal of Music Education, v35 n4 p541-553 Nov 2017
We examined pedagogical strategies for facilitating and developing songwriting skills with 17 males incarcerated at a U.S. medium security prison. We also investigated the participants' sense of self-worth, purpose, and social adjustment related to their participation in the songwriters' workshops. The songwriting sessions spanned over two 13-week, 60-minute workshops and one nine-week 90-minute workshop, totaling 35 weeks. Using grounded theory procedures, we analyzed four types of data: 42 sets of original lyrics, written reflections from three instructors, transcriptions of four workshop sessions, and narrative data from participants, totaling 127 single-spaced pages. Our findings indicated that the collaborative and social nature of the songwriting workshops provided a supportive atmosphere where participants generated new songs for enjoyment and expression. Participants wrote about struggles and hardships, especially relationship problems, and our data suggested that the discussions about song topics helped them cope with their incarceration. Implications for music education are discussed.
Descriptors: Adults, Males, Correctional Institutions, Institutionalized Persons, Singing, Workshops, Grounded Theory, Music, Music Education, Self Expression, Qualitative Research, Questionnaires, Content Analysis, Musical Composition
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