Tropical sounds: music learning and teaching within cultures in Cairns and Yarrabah: 1930 to 1970

Cole, Malcolm (2013) Tropical sounds: music learning and teaching within cultures in Cairns and Yarrabah: 1930 to 1970. E-Journal of Studies in Music Education, 9 (2). pp. 44-63.

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The city of Cairns and the nearby Aboriginal town of Yarrabah in Australia are two very different places though geographically only 6 kilometres apart but 50 kilometres by road. Since the establishment of the township of Cairns in 1876 on the Far North Queensland coast, people from many cultural backgrounds have visitied and lived in this wet-tropics location. The Yarrabah mission was established in 1892 by the Anglican Church in collaboration with the State government to accommodate Aboriginal people from many different tribal groups.

The two towns have retained their cultural identities in which music has formed a major part, and this article explores how music was learned and taught from generation to generation from within and across its cultures. The period 1930 to 1970 covers a time where significant global and technological events caused continuous change and growth in this district, up to the time when major international communications networks became prevalent.

Drawing on interviews and historical research, the article documents examples of music learning, teaching and performance practices of three of the main cultural groups, namely the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Anglo-Celtic communities, identifying music and musical processes that are possibly unique to Cairns and Yarrabah.

Item ID: 25463
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1179-7851
Keywords: music education history; Cairns; Yarrabah; community music; intercultural music processes
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Warning: Indigenous Australians are advised that images, names and voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are included in this article.

Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2013 22:36
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190407 Music Performance @ 30%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 30%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 40%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 40%
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