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Experiencing Music – Restoring the Spiritual

Music as Well-being


June Boyce-Tillman

This book concerns an examination of the totality of the musical experience with a view to restoring the soul within it. It starts with an analysis of the strands in the landscape of contemporary spirituality. It examines the descriptors spiritual but not religious, and spiritual and religious, looking in particular at the place of faith narratives in various spiritualities. These strands are linked with the domains of the musicking experience: Materials, Expression, Construction and Values. The book sets out a model of the spiritual experience as a negotiated relationship between the musicker and the music. It looks in detail at various models of musicking drawn from music therapy, ethnomusicology, musicology and cultural studies. It examines the relationship between Christianity and music as well as examining some practical projects showing the effect of various Value systems in musicking, particularly in intercultural dialogue. It finally proposes an ecclesiology of musical events that includes both orate and literate traditions and so is supportive of inclusive community.


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Figure One The Sequence of Musical Development (Swanwick and Tillman 1986) 124 Figure Two A Model of Enculturation (Boyce-Tillman 1996) 126 Figure Three The Five Domains of the Musical Experience (Boyce-Tillman 2004) 127 Figure Four The Spiritual Experience in Music (Boyce-Tillman 2006a and c) 129 Figure Five Table of Metric and Return Beat (Taiwo 2012) 202 Figure Six The Metric Beat (Taiwo 2012) 202 Figure Seven The Return Beat (Taiwo 2012) 203 Figure Eight Positions of Power (Carter Heyward 2003) 235 Figure Nine Value Systems (Boyce-Tillman 2007) 236 Figure Ten Community Choir Leadership (Morgan 2013) 250 Figure Eleven The Spiritual Experience in Music (Boyce-Tillman 2006a and c) 281 Figure Twelve The Absence of the Spiritual Experience (Boyce-Tillman 2005) 282 Figure Thirteen A Child’s Concert (Boyce-Tillman 2005) 284 Figure Fourteen ‘They are playing our tune’ (Boyce-Tillman 2005) 285 Figure Fifteen A Classical Concert (Boyce-Tillman 2005) 286 Figure Sixteen A Virtuoso Performance (Boyce-Tillman 2005) 286

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