ISSN: 17526299
First published in 2008
3 issues per volume
Volume 1 Issue 2
Cover Date: 2008
Music transmission in an Auckland Tongan community youth band
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Authors:  David G. Hebert 
DOI: 10.1386/ijcm.1.2.169_1

Keywords
community band, Tonga, New Zealand, youth, hybridity, Polynesia

Abstract
This article reports on findings from a 2006 ethnographic study of a Tongan community youth band in Auckland, New Zealand. To begin, the study's rationale is discussed in relation to previous research, followed by a description of the band's repertoire and rehearsal strategies, instrumentation and uniforms, notational practices and institutional context. The youth band's role in the Tongan community of Auckland is then considered in relation to previous descriptions of ‘community music’. The band's significance in terms of musical identity and its socio-economic context are also examined, followed by a discussion of this study's implications for community music workers in other settings. The findings suggest that community ensembles rooted in musical hybridity may generate innovative models of music learning and play a unique role in cultural preservation.
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