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ERIC Number: EJ996059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1532-8090
Spirituality and Synagogue Music: A Case Study of Two Synagogue Music Ensembles
Shansky, Carol
Research and Issues in Music Education, v10 n1 Sep 2012
Participation in community music ensembles is an important and popular form of music education--with members of ensembles that perform within religious services having the opportunity of experiencing a possible extra dimension of a spiritual experience. Thus the intent of this study was to survey adult choir and band members at Temple Emeth in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA in terms of connections between music performance, educational experiences and spirituality. Thoughts and reflections of the participants as well as those of the clergy and choir director were gained through qualitative, open-ended interviews. Overall, it was found that participating in a synagogue musical ensemble, in addition to music education, lent itself to spiritual connection as well as providing the congregation with enhancement and education of the worship service. The results of this study were presented at the Spirituality and Music Education Conference in Birmingham, England in June 2010.
University of St. Thomas. Graduate Programs in Music Education, Loras Hall 103, 2115 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105. Tel: 651-962-5729; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey