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dc.contributor.authorBoal-Palheiros, Graca
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-05T16:19:38Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.description.abstractrecent decades, cultural institutions in Western countries have developed educational services and supported community cultural projects. Through the rhetoric of social inclusion, the concert hall Casa da Música (CM) in Porto, Portugal, tries to reach marginalized people in deprived contexts. This study investigated ‘Som da Rua’ (“Sound of the Street”), a music ensemble of homeless adults created by the CM, who perform in rehearsals and concerts supported by professional musicians and social educators. It explores the role of community music while reflecting on its possible effects upon the participants’ development, its significance in their lives and its potential to build resilience among disadvantaged adults. Special attention is given to the songs, as relevant elements in the construction of the group’s identity. The method is designed as a qualitative interpretive case study, combining various approaches: an evaluation of the project’s aims and implementation; a semi-structured interview with the music director; field notes of observations of the musical practice; and an analysis of the song repertoire. The results suggest positive effects of musical practice in building a sense of belonging and a group identity among disadvantaged adults. Through singing and playing, supported by professional musicians, participants develop good interpersonal relationships which may foster their self-confidence and social skills. Achieving good musical results and being warmly applauded by the audiences gives them a sense of accomplishment. The musical repertoire is unique to this group, and some songs were built from the participants’ inputs. The repertoire is therefore a key element in the construction of a new musical and social identity. The emotional character of the songs and the lyrics (sadness, despair, but also hope and resilience) reflects participants’ moods and life experiences, while helping them to cope with their harsh lives and build resilience against adversity.en_GB
dc.identifier.citationVol. 6 (1), pp. 63-79en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10871/31332
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Exeteren_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.musicandartsinaction.net/index.php/maia/article/view/142en_GB
dc.subjectCommunity musicen_GB
dc.subjecthomeless choiren_GB
dc.subjectmusic educationen_GB
dc.subjectsocial inclusionen_GB
dc.subjectidentityen_GB
dc.titleSinging Against Loneliness: songs of a homeless choir in Portoen_GB
dc.typeArticleen_GB
dc.date.available2018-02-05T16:19:38Z
dc.descriptionThis is the final version of the article. Available from the publisher via the link in this record.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalMusic and Arts in Actionen_GB


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