Musical and personal success: perceptions of Australian males in choir

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This paper investigates musical and personal success from the perspective of Australian boys and men who participate in choir. Findings have been taken from a larger study, which seeks to understand the way in which male notions of success, masculinity and identity in uence their choral participation. Participants from four choirs indicated that for them to be in a choir, it must re ect several criteria for success, and these were also strongly linked to the ideology of the Australian male. The research provides valuable insight for music educators and choral directors into how perceptions of success in uence male participation, particularly in the context of the Australian male culture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-63
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian journal of music education
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • personal success
  • musical success
  • boys
  • music
  • choir
  • music education


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