Music in Religion, Religion in Music: Christian Faith and Confucian Filial Piety in the Lifeworld Practices of Two Musician-Educators

By Annabella Fung.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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Phenomenological research seeks understanding through descriptions of lived experiences using history, culture, and society to identify the true essence of human experiences. This study examined the relationships between faith community, socialisation, and occupational choices. Specifically, it investigated two musician-educators’ identity development and practices as educational leaders, focusing on the interplay between religion, music, cultural heritage, and stewardship. Confucian collectivism and Christian individualism served as the theoretical underpinnings where concepts of filial piety, Christian love, and the Protestant work ethic were explored. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used to interpret the data gathered in semi-structured interviews. Overarching themes that emerged from both narratives were analysed. Both participants became renowned educators and role models in society. Their journeys were reframed into “The Parable of the Talents,” where they attributed their successes to God’s provision, and their work as stewardship to the institutions they served. Finally, faith-based institutions play an important role in the shaping of moral people that continues to positively influence them long after their graduation. Weekly chapel assembly was perceived as a key element in the planting of seeds in young minds. Further research is needed to explore the interactions between music, religion, cultural heritage, and stewardship in all cultures and faiths.

Keywords: Christian Faith, Confucian Filial Piety, Music, Stewardship, Identity

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 6, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.77-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 29, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 697.653KB)).

Annabella Fung

Ph.D. Researcher, Teaching Associate & Research Assistant, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia