Western [mis]conceptions underplay intrinsic human musicking: A hermeneutic exploration

Eve Ruddock

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This thesis addresses cultural beliefs where the notion of music as performance for critical judgement affects a freedom to be musical. Findings reveal a diminished potential for evolved, vital communicative musicality. Hermeneutic processes (after Gadamer) explore this widespread phenomenon via the central research question: How can everyday musicking be freed from socially evolved constructs that restrict instinctive musical expression?
Participant text reveals a veneer of culturally imposed non-musicality that fails to extinguish intrinsic musicality. Where conflicting misconceptions underdetermine everyday music engagement, lived experience highlights the need for and value in revisionary educational thought and inclusion.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Bannan, Nicholas, Supervisor
  • Wijsman, Suzanne, Supervisor
Award date26 Oct 2017
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017


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