TD: 2014 Volume 10 No 2 (Special Edition)
November 2014 (Special Editon)Editorial comment
- The power of musical sound and its implications for primary education in South Africa: An experiential discussion / Auerbach, C & Delport, A
- Music and well-being / Boyce-Tillman, J
- Sounding salvation: Theological perspectives on music as articulation of life / Cilliers, J
- Performing arts medicine: A research model for South Africa / Devroop, K
- Music, personhood, and eudaimonia: Implications for educative and ethical music education / Elliott, D & Silverman, M
- The role of musical experience in the lives of Williams syndrome individuals / Erasmus, E
- 'Through music and into music', through music and into well-being: Dalcroze eurhythmics as music therapy / Habron, J
- Diaphragmatic-intercostal breathing and the occurrence of gastroesophageal reflux disease in singers / Jacobs-Du Plessis, B; Viljoen, S & Bester, P
- Personal, musical and social benefits of singing in a community ensemble: Three case studies in Melbourne (Australia) / Joseph, D & Southcott, J
- The sweet peace of perfect assurance: On well-being in the hymns texts of Fanny Crosby / Kruger, D
- Ubuomba: Negotiating indigenisation of liturgical music in the Catholic Church in Zambia / Lumbwe, K
- Aspects of moral education in Bhaca mamtiseni and nkciyo initiation rituals / Makaula, PN & Lumbwe, K
- Indian music and dance for inclusive development: A reflection on the Republic of Mauritius / Pudaruth, SK
- From trauma to well-being: how music and trauma can transform us / Swart, I
- Understanding music's therapeutic efficacy: Implications for music education / Thram, D
- Healing notes: singing for well-being in an African bank / Van As, A
- The church organist’s rappers: Redefining roles and strategies in music education / Van As, R & Kruger, J
On the special edition of Td: Focusing on music and well-being
We are living in a world begging to be made better, and researchers from diverse disciplines increasingly are contemplating the role of music in lives requiring healing. From 6 to 10 August 2013 North-West University hosted a first international conference on Music and well-being. Delegates from all over the world came to the School of Music at the Potchefstroom campus to share their experiences of the relationship between music and states of physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual/religious well-being. This issue comprises seventeen articles that discuss these states. The majority of them discuss more than one type of well-being and I will highlight only a few.
David Elliott and Marissa Silverman argue that when we do not only teach people in and about music, but also through music - we achieve what Aristotle and many other philosophers consider the highest human value - eudaimonia - which is a multidimensional concept, whilst John Habron discusses implications for future training, practice and research in Dalcroze eurhythmics. This article takes a transdisciplinary approach, making conceptual connections. Ewie Erasmus writes about children diagnosed with Williams syndrome and the intense affinity they show towards music listening and music making. Diane Thram shares her field research in South Africa and points out how individuals benefit in all aspects of their being - physical, mental and emotional - from engaging in the act of making music. In her essay about trauma and well-being, Inette Swart concludes that the healing journey can lead to wholeness, transformation and growth. Many authors also highlight spiritual well-being that can be experienced through musical experience. June Boyce-Tillman in turn of the opinion that spirituality is to be found in the doing, not in what you produce, which is encapsulated in these lyrics by American song writer Berton Bradley:
Oh, you gotta get a glory
In the work you do;
A hallelujah chorus
In the heart of you.
Paint, or tell (write) a story,
Sing, or shovel coal,
But you gotta get a glory
Or the job lacks soul.
Musicians are known for their creativity. As such, we have chosen dandelions as a symbol of the conference: the ritual and mystery of blowing dandelion seed was taught to me by a young child. As scholars, we dream further about dandelions and their symbolic potential: the dandelion in seed is a depiction of individuality within a perfect totality. This totality may be interpreted as the cosmos (comprising society, nature and spirituality), within which wellbeing is rooted. The seeds that are blown about by the wind are symbolic of questing humanity. The softness and lightness of the seeds manifest the mobility and randomness of thought that seeks meaning and coherence.
I thank the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Prof Jan Swanepoel for financial support to host this Music and well-being conference. We are indebted to Prof Johann Tempelhoff who invited the presenters to re-work their conferences papers and publish them in The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa. The editorial members (peer-reviewers) for this edition made a huge contribution. Peer-reviewing took place from October 2013 to August 2014, and thirty-seven international and national reviewers were involved in the selection process. I also thank the International Advisory Board and Editorial Board for their advice and assistance.
All the authors have made a unique contribution to this edition thus I have decided to arrange the papers in alphabetical order.
Hetta Potgieter (Edition editor)
(2014)Arts and culture teachers often are ill-equipped to meet the requirements of school music programmes. They labour especially to accommodate the diverse musical preferences of learners. This discussion accordingly describes ...
(2014)In 2005, Dr Steve Booysen - then Group Chief Executive of the Absa Group - initiated an internal choir festival as a platform for social interaction and teambuilding of staff across all cultures, age groups and post ...
(2014)In the current era of electronic domination of human experience, be it via cell phone and/or computer addiction, or the ubiquitous television, actual participation in musicmaking is less and less common for the average ...
(2014)Traumatic events can have a profound influence on the way musicians experience “musicing” as well as on their actual performance. An interpretative phenomenological analysis of two case histories is presented here – one ...
(2014)The purpose of this article is to argue, prove and demonstrate that Indian Music and Dance have a crucial role to play in the overall development of the Republic of Mauritius. Following intensive and extensive literature ...
(2014)Influences on cultural, social, economic and political life of the Bhaca as well as their Interaction with other cultures from within South Africa and other parts of the world have led to the erosion of older traditions ...
(2014)In the early 1950s the Vatican accepted the translation of Catholic hymnals into local Zambian languages and the incorporation of indigenous musical instruments into the liturgical music. This development inspired a group ...
(2014)Well-being is often described as a state of happiness or satisfaction with life, but it is so much more. The influence of religious involvement on a positive sense of well-being of the individual has been well documented. ...
Personal, musical and social benefits of singing in a community ensemble: Three case studies in Melbourne (Australia) (2014)Australia has a diverse, multilayered society that reflects its rich musical life. There are many community choirs formed by various cultural and linguistically diverse groups. This article is part of an ongoing project, ...
Diaphragmatic-intercostal breathing and the occurrence of gastroesophageal reflux disease in singers (2014)This article was inspired by our awareness of an increasing number of voice students and professional singers who specialize in Western art music and who present with symptoms relating to gastro-esophageal reflux disease ...
'Through music and into music', through music and into well-being: Dalcroze eurhythmics as music therapy (2014)There is a longstanding relationship between music therapy and Dalcroze Eurhythmics, an approach to music education that had its beginnings in the reform pedagogy movement of the European fin de siècle. Émile Jaques-Dalcroze ...
(2014)The purpose of this literature study is to better understand the musical experiences of those diagnosed with Williams syndrome. The problem of this study is defined by the lack of qualitative studies done on the musical ...
(2014)This paper proposes that educative and ethical music making and teaching, which is based on a praxial philosophy of music education (Elliott and Silverman, 2014), can be carried out in a variety of ways that create places ...
(2014)Performing Arts Medicine has developed into a highly specialised field over the past three decades. The Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA) has been the leading proponent of this unique and innovative field with ...
(2014)This paper proposes some theological perspectives on the phenomenon of sound (i.e. music), linking it to the gospel of salvation (i.e. well-being). Possible links between sound and music; sound and life; sound and silence; ...
(Vaal Triangle Faculty, North-West University, 2014)This paper scrutinizes how human beings relate to the wider cosmos in the thinking of the European Middle Ages. The re-invention of the ‘spiritual’ might liberate Western culture from Cartesian elements within Western ...
The power of musical sound and its implications for primary education in South Africa: An experiential discussion (2014)In this article, the power of musical sound and its transformative effects on human beings are explored, as perceived since ancient times and discussed in recent literature. An evolving research project is then reviewed, ...