Observations on a Case Study of Song Transmission and Preservation in Two Aboriginal Communities: Dilemmas of a 'Neo-colonialist' in the Field

07 November 2016

Within a western tradition of music education research there is an expectation that a research project will have focussed aims, regardless of the research paradigm from which it emanates. This paper discusses the dilemma of a researcher when confronted with a disparity between her carefully formulated research aims and the needs of the communities within which her research project was implemented. These issues are discussed in relation to the initial stages of a research project which is investigating the music, movement and language characteristics, cross-cultural transmission and effects of the media on the musical play of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in two small towns in central Australia.