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The Use of Trauma-Informed Community Music Practice in Enabling Narrative Through Song Writing

Birch, Catherine ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1944-7334 (2021) The Use of Trauma-Informed Community Music Practice in Enabling Narrative Through Song Writing. In: Griffin, Shelley and Niknafs, Nasim, (eds.) Traumas Resisted and (Re)Engaged: Inquiring into Lost and Found Narratives in Music Education. Springer (Submitted)

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Abstract

The focus of this chapter is to investigate approaches to trauma-informed community music practice that enable narrative through song writing. Within the weekly practice of the York St John University Prison Partnership Project (working in a maximum-security women’s prison in the UK) we explore participants’ stories through the use of collaborative song writing. Working exclusively with women who have experienced trauma, we engage in developing skills of both vocal technique and song writing, within a trauma-informed framework of practice.

As rooted in the philosophies of John Dewy (Froelich & Frierson-Campbell, 2013), the three strands of narrative inquiry form the basis for exploration in this chapter; interaction; continuity; situation. Using each of these strands in turn, this chapter will unpack the stories of the women we work with, voiced through their individual and collective songs, the impact of the setting in which we work and the interactions between participants and facilitator.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Submitted
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
School/Department: School of the Arts
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5756

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