Music On The Mind 2012 Lecture 1: Australia's Endangered Song Traditions

Dr Sally Treloyn

The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre


6:00 pm


Across the globe, the oral-transmitted song traditions of Indigenous peoples are facing extinction. This loss of song traditions presents a crisis for world society, for which the production of music, like language, is an important mode of human sociality, and for which musical, linguistic and cultural diversity is vital for the future of humanity. This presentation will discuss the state of endangered song traditions in Australia, explore why this is a crisis for local stakeholders and the Nation, and outline recent efforts in trans-disciplinary ethnomusicology to safeguard these traditions for the future.

This talk forms part of Melbourne Recital Centre's "Music and The Mind" series, which explores the relationship between music and the human brain and the related links to social wellbeing, participation, learning and development and the role of music in our contemporary communities. This event is presented in association with Music, Mind & Wellbeing at The University of Melbourne.

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