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Music in Groups happens all the time: in the street, the classroom, in music colleges, community centres, hospitals, prisons, churches and concert halls; at raves, weddings, music festivals, public ceremonies, music therapy sessions, group music lessons, concerts and rehearsals. Some group musicking seems to 'work' (and play) better than others; some sessions feel exhausting even if things are going well; and at other times, we can't begin to explain the complex musical and relational textures of group music work to funders, employers, friends, colleagues, or line managers. In this book, music therapist Mercedes Pavlicevic develops a broad-based discourse to describe, analyse and guide the practice of group musicking, drawing on her own extensive experience. The text is illustrated with vignettes drawn from a range of formal and informal settings that include spontaneous public occasions, collective rituals, special and mainstream education, music therapy, the concert hall, the music appreciation group and community work. This book makes you think about balancing individual and group needs, the development of group time, dealing with over-enthusiastic performers who 'hog' the group sound, undercurrents in music groups, the complications of dealing with institutions, preparing music listening programmes and buying instruments for group work - if you're involved in any kind of group musicking, this book is for you.

About the Author:
Mercedes Pavliscevic is Asssociate Professor and Director of the Music Therapy Programme at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and Visiting Researcher at the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre in London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843100812
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/3/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables 11
List of Figures 11
Acknowledgements 12
Introduction: Music, Society and Shifting Music Therapy 13
Pt. I Planning: Thinking Ahead 21
1 Planning Our Discourses 23
2 Institutions, Idiosyncrasies and the Larger Picture 32
3 In-groups, Out-groups, Norms and Membership 40
4 Instrumental Thinking and Sound Thoughts 56
5 On Being Formed by Music 66
6 Considering the Music Space 79
7 Aims, Tasks, Roles and the Outer Track 87
Pt. II Executing: 'Doing' 101
8 Forming Groups and Groups Forming: Quick time, music time and sound deeds 103
9 Group Flow, Group Pulse - Finding the Groove 115
10 Whose Group? Whose Music? (and Whose Expectations?) 125
11 Group Rituals 138
12 Live Meanings - Listening to Music 146
13 Team Building and Conflict Resolution 161
Pt. III Reflecting: Thinking Back and Forth 173
14 How Formed is Your Listening? (and How Informed is Your Speaking) 175
15 Persons as Music (and Finding the Groove) 183
16 Group Music, Identity and Society 193
17 Absence, Presence and Climate Control 205
18 Group Process and the 'Inner Track' 213
19 Evaluating and Ending 221
In Conclusion 236
Recommended Reading 239
Subject Index 246
Author Index 252
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