Taking Part in Music: Case Studies in Ethnomusicology

Ian Russell (Editor), Catherine Ingram (Editor)

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Taking Part in Music explores crucial aspects of the ways in which participating in making music is important worldwide. Based on papers presented at the 27th meeting of the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM) held at the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, this collection of twenty chapters offers diverse contributions to the study of musical participation. In the musical worlds of Cambodian-American mohori musicians, alternative Swedish rock bands, Inuit drum dance workshop students, Japanese Imogawa Festival participants, Scottish ‘Deep Sea Mission’ gospel hymn singers, and the legendary Pete Seeger, participation plays a key role. Through consideration of musical issues, sociality and relationships, identity and belonging, and place and space, these chapters are a vivid reminder of why musical participation remains an important topic worthy of serious study. With its empirically-rich subject matter and contemporary global focus, Taking Part in Music gives a fascinating insight into the many factors that continue to motivate us to make and study music, and will be of interest to scholars and practising musicians alike.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAberdeen
PublisherAberdeen University Press
Commissioning bodyEuropean Seminar in Ethnomusicology
Number of pages351
ISBN (Print)978 1 85752 001 9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013

Publication series

NameElphinstone Institute Occasional Publications 9


  • musical participation
  • sociality
  • Ethnomusicology
  • place and space
  • relationships
  • Identity
  • belonging
  • Swedish context


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