Multiple Musical Identities: An Autoethnographic Study of a Greek-Australian Popular and Traditional Musician and Teacher

By Renee Georgoulas and Jane Elizabeth Southcott.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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This is a study of the complex multiple musicking by a Greek-Australian musician who performs and teaches in several musical traditions. Musicking, or music making with an emphasis on the process rather than the created object, also encompasses the diverse ways in which people engage with music performance. This article explores engagement with Greek traditional and contemporary music, western ‘classical’ piano from a conservatoire tradition, and singing in both Greek and English languages in popular and jazz styles. The subject of this study is a music educator who teaches in a range of educational contexts in Australia and Greece, including classroom and instrumental instruction. This rich, complex, and entwined musicking has created a life in music that is constantly exploring the possibilities of multiple musical identities. This autoethnographical personal exploration is shared with a fellow musician, educator, and researcher to offer a reflective and hermeneutic stance. Autoethnography is a hybrid that combines ethnographic and autobiographical inquiry, and focuses on reflective exploration of embodied participation and understanding. The main theme that arises from this study is the cross-fertilisation provided by being multilingual, multicultural, and multi-musical. Given the aspirational cultural diversity of Australia, a consideration of this musical life can offer insight into the provision of music and music education opportunities for the wider population.

Keywords: Identities, Cultural Diversity, Music Teaching and Learning

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 11, Issue 4, June 2014, pp.49-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 5, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 384.343KB)).

Renee Georgoulas

Doctoral Student, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Jane Elizabeth Southcott

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia