Building your own musical community: How YouTube, Miley Cyrus, and the Ukulele can create a new kind of ensemble

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Abstract

This column presents an account of the Homebrew Ukulele Union: an ensemble where students build their own instruments, write their own compositions and arrangements, and organize performances in the local community. One author, a member of the group, presents the student perspective on building, learning, leading, and performing, whereas the second author focuses on some scholarly ideas that shaped the practice: anthropology, ethnomusicology, and the lifelong-learning era of new media. The authors argue for a sustainable model of musicianship that students can carry forth into their adult lives, making music of their own choosing in small or large groups, built around the local musical culture or that of an online community. Copyright © 2011 MENC: The National Association for Music Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-52
JournalGeneral Music Today
Volume24
Issue number3
Early online date02 Feb 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2011

Citation

Thibeault, M. D., & Evoy, J. (2011). Building your own musical community: How YouTube, Miley Cyrus, and the Ukulele can create a new kind of ensemble. General Music Today, 24(3), 44-52. doi: 10.1177/1048371310397348

Keywords

  • Ukulele
  • Secondary general music
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Ensemble
  • New media

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