Instrument-making as music-making: an ethnographic study of shakuhachi students' learning experiences

Matsunobu, Koji (2013) Instrument-making as music-making: an ethnographic study of shakuhachi students' learning experiences. International Journal of Music Education, 31 2: 190-201. doi:10.1177/0255761413486858

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Author Matsunobu, Koji
Title Instrument-making as music-making: an ethnographic study of shakuhachi students' learning experiences
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Instrument-making as music-making: an ethnographic study of shakuhachi students' learning experiences
Journal name International Journal of Music Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0255-7614
1744-795X
Publication date 2013-05
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0255761413486858
Open Access Status
Volume 31
Issue 2
Start page 190
End page 201
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Instrument-making is a powerful way to teach and learn music, especially world music. This case study looks at adult music learners whose engagement in music involves instrument-making and the long lasting practice of music. A case in point is Japanese and North American practitioners of Japanese bamboo flutes, especially the end-blown shakuhachi. Informants in this ethnographic study were involved in the organic process of harvesting bamboo, making instruments, and performing music on self-made instruments. Findings indicate that instrument-making contributed to the formation of attachment to the instruments, the development of place-based musical thinking, and the creation of an enriched music-learning environment. Through the examination of an existing model of sustainable musical engagement, this study proposes a world music pedagogy that begins with instrument-making.
Keyword Instrument-making
Place-based/sustainable music education
Self-made instruments
Shakuhachi
World music pedagogy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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