Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Music and Peacebuilding: A Survey of Two Israeli Ensembles Using Music and Dialogue to Build Understanding, Empathy, and Conflict Transformation
by Bergey, Benjamin Philip, D.M.A., James Madison University, 2019, 216; 13807171
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this thesis was to examine the work of two Israeli ensembles that bring diverse musicians together through music and dialogue. Dialogue is a key tool for transforming conflict and building peace that hinges on critical, empathetic listening. Music ensembles, with their opportunities for participants to practice listening, are contexts in which participants and instructors can learn how to communicate and engage in dialogue to improve interpersonal relationships in pursuit of peace.

The Polyphony Foundation and the Jerusalem Youth Chorus bring Arab and Jewish youth together in Israel to make music and practice dialogue. This thesis examines the techniques, programs, structures, and missions of these groups to illustrate how they use music and dialogue to promote understanding and empathy. Qualitative data from interviews conducted with members of both the Polyphony Foundation and the Jerusalem Youth Chorus are presented within a peacebuilding framework.

Key findings from the literature review and field research speak to dialogue and empathy as existing at the heart of conflict transformation and the ways in which they may be enhanced through music-making. Application of this research can be used by ensemble directors to incorporate dialogue, listening, and empathy to the ensemble classroom. Implementation of these principles into higher education curricula may also follow the growth-trend of literature on music and conflict transformation. Both of these areas of application can equip musicians and leaders to create ways of using music and dialogue to transform conflict within their own lives.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Beyers, Foster
Commitee: Dabback, William, Rhodes, Gloria, van der Vat-Chromy, Jo-Anne
School: James Madison University
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-A 81/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Music, Peace Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
Keywords: Conflict, Dialogue, Empathy, Ensemble, Music, Peacebuilding
Publication Number: 13807171
ISBN: 9781085564205
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