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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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This book is a collaborative venture, designed to throw some light upon the complex area of the interface (actual and potential) between music education and spirituality. Although I have taken overall responsibility for it, the other editors of this collection, some of whom have contributed to it, are John Habron, Liesl van der Merwe, Hetta Potgieter, Frank Heuser, Dirkie Nell and Giorgios Tsiris.

The book has roots and causes for gratitude in a variety of cultures. Acknowledgements here are only to those known to the editor. I would particularly like to thank those who hosted Spirituality and Music Education (SAME) gatherings (described in the Introduction). Some leading voices in the area who have contributed to conferences are also absent but deserve recognition for their contributions to the debate, notably Estelle Jorgensen, Iris Yob, Deanne Bogdan and David Carr.

I am also grateful for support from the University of Winchester, including, in particular, Professor Joy Carter, Professor Elizabeth Stuart, Professor Simon Jobson, Professor Inga Bryden and Dr David Walters. Some of these people are in two Research Centres in the University – the Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing, and the Tavener Centre for Music and Spirituality. I would also like to thank Charlotte Osman who has done much of the administrative and editorial work on the manuscript, and Hannah Curtain and Dr Vicky Feldwick of Foundation Music who have helped me develop my own work in this area. At the publishers, I would like to...

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