Spiritual Connections Made through Music Making: Sharing Faith and Music in an Australian Setting

By Dawn Joseph.

Published by The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts

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The musical involvement of people over the centuries is fundamentally interwoven with spiritual experiences (Seifert 2011). This paper discusses the connection between music and spirituality in an inter-denominational group in the southeastern suburbs of Melbourne. With ethical clearance, through semi-structured interviews with two church leaders and the music worship team, subsequently employing Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), I analyzed and codified the data gathered. Two overarching themes are discussed: insights into music and spirituality; and connecting music to worship with self and others. The findings show that music in worship may provide a rich pathway for people to explore, experience, and express their spirituality, and to connect to the wider multicultural society. It also adds to the current debates on whether music has spiritual significance for some people apart from community expressions of spirituality through music. Limitations of the current study are acknowledged and generalizations cannot be made regarding connections to music and spirituality. However, the findings do indicate that music in worship can enrich one’s spiritual experience and connection with God and others.

Keywords: Spirituality, Worship in Community, Music

The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.29-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 587.555KB).

Dr. Dawn Joseph

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia