Journal of
Music and Dance

  • Abbreviation: J. Music Dance
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2360-8579
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMD
  • Start Year: 2011
  • Published Articles: 21

JMD Articles

Examining “The book”: How perception, power, and practice altered memory of Irish Ceili dances

January 2021

This paper is an ethnographic examination and exploration of the power politics of the Ar Rinci Foirne and the subsequent changes in perceived nationalism, stylizations, and memory of Irish dance as it refers to both the practiced repertoire and textual archive of ceili dancing within Ireland and the Diaspora. The researcher examined each iteration of the Ar Rinci Fiorne antecedent and relevant texts the socio-political...

Author(s): Helen Buck-Pavlick  

Cultural suppression of female gender in Nigeria: Implications of Igbo females’ songs

June 2020

The widespread of domestic violence is a social problem awakening the interest of different organizations, governments and people as a result of its negative consequences. Female gender in Nigeria has been marginalized, stereotyped and humiliated in various ways resulting in negative impacts on them such as depression, physical disability and even death. Music has been found to be an avenue for the female folk to...

Author(s): Ebele V. Ojukwu and Eunice U. Ibekwe

The Basarwa melon throwing circle dance (Siqciru/Sigcuru): The case of Kaudwane village in Kweneng West District of Botswana

November 2019

This paper aims at examining the practical use of the melon dance by Basarwa (San) of Kaudwane village in the Kweneng West District of Botswana. Basarwa is a group of people who originate from the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve (CKGR). Taking into consideration the Basarwa traditional way of life, this research focuses mainly on women and girls as the main participants of the melon dance music genre. Some authors refer...

Author(s): Otukile Sindiso Phibion and Tuelo Nicolette Aedige  

Perceiving patterns of ratios when they are converted from relative durations to melody and from cross rhythms to harmony

January 2018

This research aims to study the perception of relative durational and cross-rhythm patterns when they are converted into melodic or harmonic patterns. Twenty-four international students from Groningen conservatoire were given twenty- four trials; twelve deals with their melodic/harmonic perception ability and the other twelve deals with the ability to perceive the converted rhythmical patterns. The purpose of the...

Author(s): Aggelos Bousmpouras

Efforts to improve music education in Turkey

June 2017

It is seen how state policies are effective in education when it is thought that education is organized according to the principle of making the individual useful for the community. Given that education policies should be effective in all areas of education, music education is expected to be present in a common political attitude in the fields of general, ethical and professional music education...

Author(s): Mustafa KabataÅŸ

Girl child education and enrollment drive: The role of traditional music and dance

October 2016

The study is set out from an intervention perspective using music and dance as a vehicle for enhancing the enrollment drive and retention of girls in basic schools. It was a qualitative research under the auspices of “Ghana Wins” project that involved pupils, parents and teachers of New Winneba Municipal Assembly Primary and Junior High School to deepen their understanding on how Music and Dance has the...

Author(s): Eva Akosua Ebeli

Framework for music improvisation and performance: Body/instrument and body/mind connections

February 2016

This study elucidates connections between the body and music presenting a proposal based on workshops and a theoretical viewpoint. Firstly it describes the main principles of the workshops that have been developed to work with music improvisation and group interactions. At the workshops the study approach music improvisation based on the dialogues and transformation of musical processes and structures extracted from...

Author(s): Ana Luisa Fridman, Rogério Luiz Moraes Costa and Jônatas Manzolli

Expressing joy through hip-hop dance steps: Focus on new jack swing

January 2016

This study aimed to differentiate hip-hop dance steps based on whether joy was expressed and explained their movement features using three-dimensional motion analysis. Ten male and female participants (26.9 ± 12.8 years old) were instructed to perform an 80-second hip-hop dance, and the step performed after 60 s (new jack swing) was analyzed. Discriminant analysis was conducted, and the differences in the motion...

Author(s): Rie Kojima, Teruo Nomura and Noriyuki Kida

Exploring the complexities of black male identities in South African theatre dance

August 2015

The perception of professional black male dancers in black communities in South Africa is that of a homosexual man. However, little if any systematic research has investigated the validity of this stereotype, much less the reasons why male sexual orientation would be associated with interest in dance. Many male dance figures pursuing dance as a career in Cape Town, South Africa have often been faced with difficult...

Author(s): Maxwell Xolani Rani

A synchronic study of semantics in selected Akan choral compositions in Ghana

June 2015

In the performance traditions of choral music in Ghanaian community, understanding the text of the music is but one facet of extremely important aspects in performance. Unfortunately, some of the texts of some recent choral music compositions lack linguistic semantic representations. Performers are only mindful of the rhythm, melody and its associated harmony without even if the meaning of the song is not clear to them....

Author(s): Emmanuel Obed Acquah, Joshua Alfred Amuah, John Francis Annan and James Tsemafo-Arthur

The technical reviews of Ligeti Piano Etude No.4 Fanfares

May 2015

Ligeti’s etude Fanfares extends the technical skills demanded of the modern pianist and many incorporate completely new techniques. This etude, which was composed around 1985 consists of some of the most technically demanding issues composed for the piano in the last decades of the 20th century. Through the study of this work the pianist is pushed in new directions as Ligeti extends the limits of the pianistic...

Author(s): DENG Liang

Playing out loud: Jazz music and social protest

March 2015

This article addresses the historical relationship between jazz music and political commentary. Departing from the analysis of historical recordings and bibliography, this work will examine the circumstances in which jazz musicians assumed attitudes of political and social protest through music. These attitudes resulted in the establishment of a close bond between some jazz musicians and the Civil Rights Movement in the...

Author(s): Ricardo Nuno Futre Pinheiro

Origin and development of ‘Directing’ in juju music performance

October 2014

Juju music as a unique Nigerian popular genre has so many African phenomena inculcated into its performance though it has some western touches in its scale and some other features. Hence this paper examined one of the African phenomena – directing, in the performance of juju music. This write up was based on the conducted research and in order to present a genuine report, live performances and the recordings of...

Author(s): Oluniyi, Michael Olusakin

When the music moves you: Revisiting the classics in the company of neuroscience

September 2014

  When the music moves you, you dance. The bodily movement that develops in response to music is what is here considered “dance.” Philosophers have long understood music as possessing the power to move us. This paper employs Heinrich Wolfflin’s theory of “sympathetic modeling”—a theory recently validated by neuroscientists’ discovery of mirror neurons in...

Author(s): Susan E. Pashman

Erotic expressions in Adowa dance of the Asante: The stimulating gestures, costuming and dynamic drumming

June 2014

Contemporary Ghanaians seem to have turned away from expressing or otherwise patronising their cultural eroticism or integrating it successfully in modern dynamic lifestyles. This research focuses on erotic expressions in the Adowa dance of the Asante by examining the sensual characteristics of the dance, a resurrection of awareness hopefully will be highlighted for possible integration into contemporary forms of...

Author(s): Stella Asare

Music technology: A perceptive prospect

May 2013

Carnatic Music is holistic and scientific with physics and mathematics. Nowadays songs are taught, not music. It is practiced as a copying art, but not with innovation. To alleviate this, concept oriented initiative by adopting modern frontiers of scientific knowledge under “Music Technology Courses” is conceived to unfathom the music doctrinaire treatise by R&D. Isolation of science and technology is...

Author(s): M. V. Ramanamurthy

The contribution of dancing in the socio-emotional development of children at extracurricular activities in a Portuguese primary school

May 2013

  Dance encourages independence, initiative and self-esteem and contributes to a substantial enrichment in the teaching-learning process and in the acquisition of cognitive, psychomotor and socio-emotional skills.  In this study, 55 students, both genders and various ethnic groups, with ages from 6 to 11 years old were observed. Movement games, Hip Hop and Modern jazz and...

Author(s): Soares, Diana Salgueiro Vinagre and Lucena, Sonia Felix Vilas Boas

Dancers' perceptions of injuries

March 2012

  Dance socioculture encourages dancers to perform through pain and injury and influences whether dancers will take time off in the event of an injury. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact dancers' mind-set and enculturation had on their decision to continue to train and perform through injury. Fifteen trained dancers (5 males and 10 females), age 27.7±14.25 years, completed a survey...

Author(s): Debra C. Rivera, Jeffrey L. Alexander, Guy M. Nehrenz and Betty J. Fields

Ditlhaka music learning and practices through transmission among the Batlokwa and Balete of Botswana

March 2012

  Based on ongoing field research into Botswana music and dance, this article deliberates on information found out on ditlhaka (river - reeds) traditional music as practiced by the Balete and Batlokwa of South Eastern Botswana. The paper was conceived from tribal collaborations between ethnomusicology music classes’ village excursions and the respondents in an effort to understand Balete and...

Author(s): Otukile Sindiso Phibion

The cello: An amazing musical instrument

January 2011

  The cello is truly a spectacular instrument to have survived for hundreds of years and to be steadily gaining popularity in the 21st century. There is a long history of the instrument and its accompanying components-the bow, rosin, parts of the cello-as well as of its players. With the cello’s rich, deep, powerful sounds, it is no wonder that the instrument has been so successful and continues to...

Author(s): Vincent Liu

The creative process in the context of jazz jam sessions

January 2011

  This paper discusses jazz musicians’ creative processes in the context of jam sessions from an ethnomusicological perspective. It is the result of research carried out with professional jazz musicians working and living primarily in New York City. As an important context for sharing musical information, jam sessions will be analyzed as a framework for the demonstration of ideas, musical skills and...

Author(s): Ricardo Nuno Futre Pinheiro

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