Spirituality as a universal experience of music: A case Study of North Americans’ approaches to Japanese music

Matsunobu, Koji (2011) Spirituality as a universal experience of music: A case Study of North Americans’ approaches to Japanese music. Journal of Research in Music Education, 59 3: 273-289. doi:10.1177/0022429411414911

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Author Matsunobu, Koji
Title Spirituality as a universal experience of music: A case Study of North Americans’ approaches to Japanese music
Journal name Journal of Research in Music Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4294
1945-0095
Publication date 2011-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0022429411414911
Volume 59
Issue 3
Start page 273
End page 289
Total pages 17
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Ethnomusicologists and music educators are in broad agreement that what makes each cultural expression of music unique are differences, not commonalities, and that these should be understood in culturally sensitive ways. Relevant to the debate was the emphasis on the socio-cultural context of music making over the traditional “sound-only” approach. In this study, North American practitioners of shakuhachi music provided a different angle on the view of music as culture-specific. What made these practitioners interested in shakuhachi playing were not so much cultural aspects of Japanese music as universal aspects of human experience identified in Japanese music, such as the feeling of being part of nature and the revitalization of humans’ organic sensitivities. For them, the cultural served as a hindrance to accessing the underlying spirituality of Japanese music. From their perspective, the opposite of the sound-only approach was not necessarily posited as a sociocultural approach but as a spiritual or physical approach that transcended cultural boundaries.
Keyword Spirituality
World music education
Globalization
Recontextualization
The shakuhachi
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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Created: Fri, 14 Oct 2011, 18:48:56 EST by Dr Koji Matsunobu on behalf of School of Music