Desert harmony : stories of collaboration between Indigenous musicians and university students

Bartleet, Brydie-Leigh & Carfoot, Gavin (2013) Desert harmony : stories of collaboration between Indigenous musicians and university students. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 12(1), pp. 180-196.

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This article will discuss the ways in which community service learning programs in music can foster meaningful collaborations between universities and Indigenous communities. Drawing on recent pedagogical literature on service learning and insights from a four-year partnership between Australian Indigenous musicians at the Winanjjikari Music Centre in Tennant Creek and music students from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, it will describe how such programs can facilitate significant cross-cultural exchanges between students and Indigenous communities. By drawing on observations and interview data from those involved in the project, this paper argues that these partnerships can both assist communities with activities such as cultural maintenance, and provide students with intercultural experiences that have the potential to transform their understandings of Indigenous culture.

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ID Code: 69407
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: service learning, cross-cultural collaboration, Australian Indigenous studies, music, HERN
ISSN: 1443-1475
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 28 Mar 2014 01:35
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2014 20:03

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