Musicalisation of Sociology in Higher Music Education

Musicalisation of Sociology in Higher Music Education

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Event type: Public Lectures

21 July 2017 from 3.10 pm - 4.20 pm 21st Jul 2017 3:10pm 21st Jul 2017 4:20pm

Adam Concert Room

Presented by Dr Clare Hall, Monash University, Melbourne

While the arguments for getting music into social action are not new (Bell, 2011; DeNora, 2003; Prior, 2011), it would appear getting music into sociology, or doing sociology with music, continues to be an underexplored dimension of research and practice. This presentation promotes the means for a musical sociology as opposed to a sociology of music. To do this I explore the productive intersection between arts-based research methods and the sociology of music education. Various fields of music research, such as music education and ethnomusicology, have been influenced in various ways by arts-based and participatory methods; however, music-based methods are slow to be taken up by scholarship in general. In what ways is music, and music-making, scholarship, and how can it evoke the sociological imagination? I draw on a case study of my own higher music education approach with undergraduate pre-service primary school teachers in Australia. With a particular focus on my students’ experience of digital music composition, I show how doing sociology with music has helped to reconfigure some of the pre-service teachers’ creativities and identities. Bringing Pierre Bourdieu’s signature concepts to musical life through critical (auto)ethnographic performance-based pedagogies enables us to question which parts of our musical selves might be more or less durable and, therefore, where are the spaces for change within higher music education and research?

Dr Clare Hall is Lecturer in Performing Arts in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Melbourne, and Leader of the Arts, Creativity, Education Faculty Research Group. Her research is located in the sociology of education and the creative arts, with a focus on music and intersectionality (gender, class, ethnicity, age).


Music Forum is a seminar series hosted by the NZSM Music Studies Programme. Staff, graduate students, and distinguished visiting speakers present recently completed research, or discuss work in progress. Topics range across historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis, and jazz studies, among other subdisciplines of music studies.

Music Forum is open to all members of the University community and the public. Admission is free.