Arts-Based Research, Autoethnography, and Music Education

Singing through a Culture of Marginalization


This book invites readers into miroslav pavle manovski’s journey into quest of how he found his voice—literally and figuratively—by reflecting and storying from his fluid identity and roles as an artist, singer, learner, music teacher, researcher… while empowering others to find their own voice. The book is also an arts-based autoethnographic rendering of the author’s experience being tormented, harassed, and called “gay” as a means to negatively target and marginalize him. Further, this work contributes to the literature of those mercilessly harassed for perceived effeminate characteristics and to the canon of ways we may be able to rescue ourselves—to positively transform—from prior wreckage a part of our lives.

The book makes significant contributions to the literature on qualitative inquiry, arts-based research, autoethnography, music education, and vocal pedagogy as a means of re-presenting a rich tapestry of life experience. While this text can be read entirely for pleasure or personal growth, it will make an outstanding springboard for conversation in courses across the disciplines that deal with teacher education, music education, gender and sexual identity/orientation, intimacy, relationships and relational communication, prejudice, bullying and more. This award-wining book will additionally be of great value in courses on autoethnography, life writing, narrative inquiry, arts-based research, and music education.

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"Of all the recent examples of textual experiments in the social sciences that aim to create a dialectical intertwining of the autobiographical and the theoretical, this book is among the very best. Manovski’s work is at once artful, poignant, bravely self-revelatory, while simultaneously informed by the scholarship of an impressive array of academics from diverse academic fields. What awaits the reader is nothing less than a full-fledged educational experience that dazzles the mind and stirs the heart as it opens up the future." — Tom Barone, Emeritus Professor, Arizona State University
"Manovski offers a comprehensive account of hiding, healing, and hope; an in-depth analysis of gender and sexuality, homophobia and abuse, determination and social justice; a nuanced and engaging autoethnography ripe with emotion and thick description; and a masterpiece of rigor and reflexivity, one that demonstrates the power and importance of creative writing, story, photography, poetry, and music." — Tony E. Adams, Assistant Professor, Northeastern Illinois University
"This powerfully written art-based auto-ethnography is cutting-edge in its exploration of lived experience in a life-long journey of finding one’s voice and cultivating musicianship. The book skillfully combines relevant conceptual, scholarly frameworks and methodologies, with captivating narrative and artwork. In the tradition and mission of qualitative research, it invites readers to examine their own journeys as teachers and learners. A poignant work, from the heart to the heart." — Liora Bresler, Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"Manovski’s rich and passionate personal account makes a vital contribution to better understanding life in schools, specifically one student’s love of music and the impact that singing had for him. It is a powerful testament to the significance of the arts as a haven for youth with experiences of marginalization in school." — Diane Conrad, Associate Professor Drama/Theatre Education, University of Alberta
"Manovski presents an intriguing hybrid blend of autoethnography, narrative inquiry, and arts-based research in his honest, moving, and riveting account. His award-winning work is an exciting exemplar of how qualitative research can transcend traditional reportage into more progressive forms of documentary." — Johnny Saldaña, Evelyn Smith Professor, Arizona State University
"While Manovski’s work will serve varied purposes for a wide range of readers—artists, arts educators and researchers, it is his reminder about the powerful role of the arts in our lives that resonates most with me. Arts-Based Research, Autoethnography, and Music Education: Singing Through a Culture of Marginalization is a courageous addition to our professional conversations." — Joseph Shively, Associate Professor of Music Education, Oakland University
"This is a powerful work with the capacity to inspire important change—a compelling, deeply grounded narrative that informs the fields of music education, vocal pedagogy, education, and society in general—a piece of performance art that literally comes alive as the reader engages it and comes to understand how a caring, nurturing teacher can transform the life of a learner." — Jackie Wiggins, Professor of Music Education, Oakland University
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