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Spirituality and Music Education

Perspectives from Three Continents


Edited By June Boyce-Tillman

This book is the product of a long journey by a company of academics and practitioners sharing a common interest, titled the Spirituality and Music Education Group (SAME). It started at the International Society for Music Education Conference in Bologna in 2008, with its first gathering in Birmingham in 2010. This book is a product of the various meetings of this group. Since the group formed, the notion of spirituality has been struggling to find a way through the dominant ideology of secularisation in the West to a place in a post-secularising world.

This book concentrates on examining this issue from the position of music educators on three continents. This process can be defined as both separate from as well as part of the dominant Christian and humanist traditions, whatever is appropriate in a particular culture. The book represents a fascinating array of lenses through which to examine the many and complex strands within the concept of spirituality.

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JUNE BOYCE-TILLMAN MBE read music at Oxford University and is Professor of Applied Music at the University of Winchester. She has published widely in the area of music and education, most recently on spirituality/liminality. Her doctoral research into children’s musical development has been translated into five languages. She has written about and organised events in the area of interfaith dialogue using music. She is an international performer, especially on the work of Hildegard of Bingen. Her one-woman shows concern spiritual themes including the lives of the mystics. Her large-scale works for cathedrals such as Winchester, Southwark and Norwich involve professional musicians and school children. She is a hymn writer and has written on music, healing, theology and spirituality; she is the artistic convenor of the Winchester Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing and the Tavener Centre for Music and Spirituality. She is an Extraordinary Professor at North-West University, South Africa. She is an ordained Anglican priest and honorary chaplain to Winchester Cathedral.

ANCHEN FRONEMAN is Lecturer at the Odeion School of Music, University of the Free State, teaching music theory as well as movement and embodiment practices within music education. She holds a teaching qualification in Cecchetti Classical Ballet from the International Society of Teachers of Dancing, and obtained a Master’s in Music following a research project on memorisation strategies utilising Schenker analysis. Embodiment and performance practices are the foundation of her research interests and she is currently pursuing both a PhD applying Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies...

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