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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 the University of Oxford and is Professor of Applied Music at the University of Winchester. She taught for twenty-five years in London schools and then in higher education. She has published widely on music, with several books on spirituality and music as well as music education. Her doctoral research into children’s musical development has been translated into five languages. She lectures internationally, recently in Nepal, the US and South Africa. She is concerned with dialogue through music and radical musical inclusion, composing large-scale works for cathedrals such as Winchester and Southwark involving professional musicians, community choirs, children with disabilities and school children. She founded the Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing and the Tavener Centre for Music and Spirituality. She is an Extra-ordinary Professor at North West University, South Africa. She is an Anglican priest and an honorary chaplain at Winchester Cathedral.

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