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Songs of diversity: three case studies of community singing, identity and well-being

Birch, Catherine ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1944-7334, Currie, Ruth, Dawson, Wayne and Clift, Stephen (2020) Songs of diversity: three case studies of community singing, identity and well-being. In: Norton, Kay and Morgan-Ellis, Esther, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Community Singing. Oxford University Press (In Press)

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Abstract

The chapter presents insights from three case studies of different community singing initiatives in the UK: a singing group in a women’s prison, a singing group in a community music organisation, and an LGBTQ+ choir. These qualitative, culturally and contextually specific accounts are framed in the context of a wider literature on singing and well-being that adopts the more positivistic, standardized procedures of structured surveys and controlled experimental evaluations. It is argued that individual case studies are particularly valuable for the insights they provide in the particularities of individuals, projects and music-making with special reference to a chosen repertoire of songs including songs specially composed, which address challenges of identity and well-being specific to the groups involved. Our aim in this chapter is to illustrate the opportunities for learning that come from discussion across case studies. Doing so, to acknowledge knowledge-exchange as a process of evaluation, situating case studies as a methodological tool that goes beyond evidencing the positive change experiences of participating in community singing.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: In Press
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
School/Department: School of the Arts
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5753

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