The role of spirituality in learning music: A case of North American adult students of Japanese music

Matsunobu, Koji (2012) The role of spirituality in learning music: A case of North American adult students of Japanese music. British Journal of Music Education, 29 2: 181-192. doi:10.1017/S0265051712000095


Author Matsunobu, Koji
Title The role of spirituality in learning music: A case of North American adult students of Japanese music
Journal name British Journal of Music Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0265-0517
1469-2104
Publication date 2012-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0265051712000095
Volume 29
Issue 2
Start page 181
End page 192
Total pages 12
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract In this paper the role of spirituality in learning music for North American adult students is explored by examining the case of shakuhachi music. One distinctive character of engaging in music through the shakuhachi is that it facilitates the attainment of an ‘optimal relationship’ between the practitioners’ musical pursuit and self-cultivation through a ‘simple’ media, such as a single tone. The findings indicate that spirituality could be experienced regardless of one's musical skills or the level of outward expression. A second characteristic is that both experienced players and beginners could experience what the spirituality of music means through certain forms of music practice, including the shakuhachi practice, which followed the principle of ‘less is more’.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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