Using life histories with sound postcards to investigate a music programme for social reconstruction in Colombia

Rodríguez-Sánchez, A., Odena, O. and Cabedo-Mas, A. (2018) Using life histories with sound postcards to investigate a music programme for social reconstruction in Colombia. British Journal of Music Education, 35(2), pp. 177-190. (doi:10.1017/S0265051717000298)

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Abstract

This article outlines the development of an appropriate research approach, including methods from diverse disciplines, for researching the Colombian state-funded social music programme Music for Reconciliation (Música para la Reconciliación). After outlining the Colombian context and the literature, a pilot with ten participants is discussed. Findings show the contributions of sound postcards as part of life histories for capturing the experiences of displaced people in a country recovering from war. Their evocative capacity enriched the interviewees’ narrative, illustrating diverse sonorous landscapes throughout their lives that evidenced the changes generated by both the violence and programme participation. The conclusions offer suggestions for readers based in the arts, health, social sciences and beyond, interested in the uses of music and music education for other-than-musical purposes.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Peacebuilding, community Music, Sound postcard, Life History, Colombia
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Odena, Dr Oscar and Rodriguez Sanchez, Miss Andrea
Authors: Rodríguez-Sánchez, A., Odena, O., and Cabedo-Mas, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Robert Owen Centre
College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:British Journal of Music Education
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0265-0517
ISSN (Online):1469-2104
Published Online:04 March 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Cambridge University Press
First Published:First published in British Journal of Music Education 35(2): 177-190
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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