Astrid Notarangelo

Graduate Researcher (Music therapy)

Music as a force for social cohesion: exploring shared musical experiences of ritual and personal faith identity facilitate effective communication around multi-faith perspectives. This research is motivated by i) a current community need to create platforms for inter-faith dialogue and healing in Bendigo and ii) fascinating clinical experiences as a music therapist in a pastoral context, offering emotional and spiritual support to hospital patients. Ontological, epistemological and methodological possibilities are being explored, with a current leaning towards Paticipatory Action Research, influenced by Freire’s praxis "reflection and action upon the world in order to transform it”.