Musical identity enacted in a community orchestra

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Abstract

The benefits of participation in a community music group have been well documented. In particular, music has been shown to have a positive impact on the quality of life of older people and the communities in which they live. This study considers the impact of participating in a community orchestra as either a
‘returning’ player or as a beginner at an older age. The participants are all members of Squawkestra, a community orchestra for people who are beginning to learn an instrument or returning to play an instrument learnt when younger. All are over the age of 50 and either retired or soon to retire. Various themes arose from this research, with the development of personal identity being a strong part of the narrative. Participants felt that the orchestral playing was allowing their musical identity to be enacted in ways that had not been possible previously. The orchestra provided an avenue for people to re-shape their image and identity as a ‘musician’. For some, the idea of acceptance as a member of a musical community was important for their identity. For others the orchestra was part of planning for life transition as they moved into retirement. For all participants Squawkestra was a meaningful part of their lives with many positive
benefits and outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sep 2015
Event37th Conference Australian and New Zealand Association for Research In Music Education 2015 Australia - Melbourne , Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 24 Sep 201527 Sep 2015

Conference

Conference37th Conference Australian and New Zealand Association for Research In Music Education 2015 Australia
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period24/09/1527/09/15

Keywords

  • musical identity: community music participation at an older age

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Jenkins, L., & Southcott, J. E. (2015). Musical identity enacted in a community orchestra. Abstract from 37th Conference Australian and New Zealand Association for Research In Music Education 2015 Australia, Melbourne, Australia.
Jenkins, Louise ; Southcott, Jane Elizabeth. / Musical identity enacted in a community orchestra. Abstract from 37th Conference Australian and New Zealand Association for Research In Music Education 2015 Australia, Melbourne, Australia.
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