PhD University of Queensland 2015 Pages: 259

Religious music in everyday life: adolescents’ identity work in Catholic schooling

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This study sought to investigate adolescents’ lived experiences of religious music in three Australian Catholic schools. Specifically, this study explores how religious music is used within Catholic schools and examines how religious music experiences in Catholic schools shape adolescents’ religious and musical identities.

As a practising music teacher in a Catholic school, the motivation to undertake this study emerged as I witnessed adolescents’ engagement with religious music on a regular basis. I was intrigued to ascertain the ways in which their engagement with religious music was supporting or shaping their identity work.

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