Using sound ethnography to study a social music programme in Colombia

Rodriguez Sanchez, A., Odena, O. and Cabedo-Mas, A. (2023) Using sound ethnography to study a social music programme in Colombia. In: Odena, O. (ed.) Music and Social Inclusion: International Research and Practice in Complex Settings. Series: SEMPRE studies in the psychology of music. Routledge: Abingdon, UK, and New York, NY, USA, pp. 217-229. ISBN 9781032037196 (doi: 10.4324/9781003188667-19)

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This chapter outlines the development of a research approach including sound ethnography for investigating a state-funded community music programme in Colombia, Music for Reconciliation. After outlining the peacebuilding context and literature, a pilot with ten participants is discussed. Findings show the contributions of sound postcards as part of life histories for capturing experiences of displaced people in a country recovering from war. Their evocative capacity enriched the interviewees’ narratives, illustrating diverse sonorous landscapes throughout their lives that evidenced changes generated by violence and programme participation. The conclusions offer suggestions for readers across disciplines, interested in the uses of music and music education for other-than-musical purposes.

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Additional Information:This study was supported with a grant from the International Peace Research Association Foundation. The chapter was double peer-reviewed before being accepted for publication in the book. Chapter development was facilitated by The Arts of Inclusion network (, supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (Grant Ref. AH/S003851/1), Royal Society of Edinburgh (Grant Ref. 62292), and Scottish Funding Council (Refs. 308355 and 313763).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Odena, Professor Oscar and Rodriguez Sanchez, Miss Andrea
Authors: Rodriguez Sanchez, A., Odena, O., and Cabedo-Mas, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Social & Environmental Sustainability

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
303890The Arts of Inclusion (TAI): Examining the role of performing Arts for Peace Education in Conflict. A UK-Latin American Countries NetworkOscar OdenaArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/S003851/1ED - The Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change
305663The Arts of Inclusion (TAI): Examining the role of Performing Arts for Peace Education in Conflict. A Scottish-Latin American Countries NetworkOscar OdenaThe Royal Society of Edinburgh (ROYSOCED)62292IS - Interdisciplinary Studies
308355The Role of Music Practices for Peace Education in Conflict (MuPPEC)Oscar OdenaScottish Funding Council (SFC)SFC Global Challenges ResED - The Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change