Assessing the positive influence of music activities in community development programs

Dillon, Steven C. (2006) Assessing the positive influence of music activities in community development programs. Music Education Research, 8(2), pp. 267-280.

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Abstract

Abstract This article describes a framework for assessing the positive influence of music activities in community development programs. It examines hybrid music, health and rich media approaches to creative case study with the purpose of developing more compelling evidence based advocacy that examines the claims of a causal link. This preliminary study examines the problems with the research methods and seeks to design a more media inclusive approach that allows music experience to be heard in more compelling ways than text alone. The framework outlined in this paper provides a measure of effectiveness for community development programs that integrates social and cultural aspects. The framework connects notions of resilience as a fundamental building block for healthy communities with indicators of musical meaning and engagement. These indicators have previously been used individually in evaluating the effectiveness of music experience. This article reports on an exploratory research project that utilises this framework across a series of case studies in several culturally diverse Australian communities. The relevance of the research is that it seeks to identify the critical components of music education that have significant transferable implications for community development programs.

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ID Code: 18853
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/14613800600779543
ISSN: 1461-3808
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 18 Mar 2009 02:08
Last Modified: 10 May 2012 22:44

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