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Title: Playing a-part together : negotiating participation, practice and meaning in voluntary music associations in East Bavaria
Author: Walmsley-Pledl, Sara R.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3557 6518
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis explores the world of voluntary music making in East Bavaria. B~n~?8 with the distinctive way of life in this region, the thesis brings four contrasting voluntary associations of musicians into focus. The centrality of individual experience for membership of a voluntary music association is established and the study moves through different genres to illustrate how.musical and social processes intertwine at the level of the individual and are negotiated at the level of the group. The thesis aims to further understanding of membership of a voluntary music association. A phenomenological approach frames an analysis of the interplay of the individual's relationships with music making, the group and place. Music making is viewed as a process necessitating negotiation of relationships. V,?luntary music making is a leisure pursuit requiring the willingness of musicians to compromise and show commitment to the group. Attachment to place, as expressed in the concept of Heimat (home), is established as crucial for understanding group music making in this area. The thesis is divided into an introduction, seven chapters and conclusion. The first six chapters offer an analysis of individual musical experience in participation, practice and meaning. Key issues include musical community, motivation, skill, embodiment and the role of institutions. The last chapter shows how the experience of voluntary music participation may bring social responsibilities beyond the confines of the group. The thesis demonstrates the complexity of voluntary music participation. Musical competence rather than being an absolute is relative, so that a musician may be considered competent despite limited skill. Diversity of meaning and group membership coexist through participants finding the experience meaningful and negotiating from a shared base of social expectation. This comparative ethnographic study emphasizes individual experience as the means by which musical process and experience can be understood within the context of voluntary group music making in East Bavaria.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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