Exploring the Collaborative Musical Experience of Swedish Bunne® Method in Japan: A Case Study Towards the Development of Universal Design in Musical Experience

Akiko Fujibayashi (Bunne Japan Co. Ltd., Japan)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 136
EISBN13: 9781522598787|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8042-3.ch007
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Abstract

Universal design has been a timely and important research topic of our time both in the realms of music therapy and education. Bunne Method, Swedish music method, was developed by Sten Bunne in 1980 to overcome physical and social difficulties and age gaps by sharing musical ensemble experience. This qualitative study explores the collaborative musical experience of elderly people and children in Japan by implementing Bunne Method. Bunne instruments are made in universal design with a four string swing bar guitar, one string mini bass, chime bar, monophonic flute for the use of anyone regardless of music experience, handicap, etc. In music activities with Bunne instruments, human physical, psychological, and social nature are activated in a synergistic manner so that it also helps to create positive feelings and confidence and livelihood through the pleasure of playing music.
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