Group Singing in Prison

Discovering and Developing Best Possible Self

Authored by: Jody L. Kerchner

The Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138061224
eBook ISBN: 9781315162546
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This is a case study of the Oberlin Music at Grafton (OMAG) Choir in which the author explored prison singers’ choral music experiences, specifically their possible intrapersonal and interpersonal skill development vis-à-vis the theory of “freedom practice” and best “possible selves”. Questionnaire data indicated that group singing can contribute to the development of participants’ intrapersonal, interpersonal, and musical skills. This requires the incarcerated singers to imagine and re-imagine their best possible selves and then practice these skills, during potentially free and safe choral performance experiences behind bars.

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