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Joys of community ensemble playing: The case of the Happy Roll Elastic Ensemble in Taiwan

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The Happy Roll Elastic Ensemble (HREE) is a community music ensemble supported by Tainan Culture Centre in Taiwan. With enjoyment and friendship as its primary goals, it aims to facilitate the joys of ensemble playing and the spirit of social networking. This article highlights the key aspects of HREE’s development in its first two years (2009–2011), including musical and administrative decisions and operations. In addition, several problems within the HREE are described along with their solutions as well as the implications for the future of this ensemble. Through carefully planned directing and tailored arrangement of music, the HREE confirmed that community music activities could provide opportunities to construct personal and communal expressions of artistic and social concerns. Feedback from its members indicated their enjoyment and progress in developing musical literacy. The HREE is an example that demonstrates how a joyful community music ensemble could serve as the seed that grows and brings the residents towards a richer and better life together.
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Keywords: Taiwan; community music; informal learning; instruction; mixed ensemble; philosophy; serious leisure

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: National University of Tainan

Publication date: March 29, 2012

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