A cross-cultural comparative study of dance, singing and musical instrument skills in 12-15 year olds.
The project investigates how 12-15 year olds in Indonesia, Australia and South Africa develop the integrated musical skills of dance, singing and human learning. As a comparative cross-cultural study, drawing upon ethnomusicology, music psychology and music education, it will further develop concepts originally explored by John Blacking (1928-1990).
It will advance ideas on music as social communication by interrogating Blacking’s notion of ‘universal human musicality’ and by studying differences in individual aptitudes and training. This will be achieved by working with unpublished materials from the John Blacking Collection held by the Callaway Centre Archive at the University, and by undertaking fieldwork in the three different countries.
It is expected that the project will:
This project is funded by the Australian Research Council's Discovery Grants. The chief investigators acknowledge and thank the ARC for its support.
Technical information about the role of the Callaway Centre Archive in this project can be found through its website.