Illuminating musical lifeworlds with a narrative lens: implications for music education

Cleaver, David M. (2006) Illuminating musical lifeworlds with a narrative lens: implications for music education. In: 1st International Conference on Narrative Inquiry in Music Education (NIME 2006), 5-7 Apr 2006, Phoenix, United States.

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This paper discusses the narrative research processes used in a doctoral study that investigated the musical lifeworlds of five musically dedicated senior secondary high school students. As part of the report, I shall describe how the meaning structures of personal experience were targeted, combined with interpreted understandings, re-storied and then presented as five individual, intrinsic case study portraits.
The purpose of these portraits was to illuminate broad features of the way musical lives are lived and the way music becomes integrated as a socially mediated structure of self. However, the investigation also targeted two more narrowly defined areas. The first are the meaning structures of lived musical experience described by the participants as deeply felt, formative, transformative or epiphanic. Interpretations of this realm provide insight into the ways that the participants had commenced musical lives. The second is the realm of lived experience with different types of music enculturation and music learning processes. Highlighting features within this realm contributes to the ongoing dialogue and discussion of music’s place in formal institutional settings and informal, student initiated communities of practice.
An important part of the study was my personal reflexive and pragmatic engagement with Jerome Bruner’s concept of ‘two ways of reasoning and construing reality’- the narrative and the paradigmatic. Engaging with this concept, I turned a critical lens on the historical and traditional Western music educational approach arguing that it has employed a predominantly paradigmatic or objectivist focus and this has tended to mask dimensions of musical experience. In contrast, understandings generated during the study, suggest that transformation in music education may be assisted with a move to a narrative consideration of student musical identities and the ‘musical texts of life’.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 02:25
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2017 05:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: Narrative research, music education
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390101 Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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