Ways of Understanding: Ethnomusicology and the Cretan Lyra

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis


This Dissertation explores how I, as an aspiring ethnomusicologist, combined reflection on my prior musical experience with ongoing study and research in order to develop deeper understandings variously of the musical culture in question, Ethnomusicology as a discipline, and Music Education design possibilities vis-à-vis reflection and prior experience. In exploring these issues, I problematise understandings the Cretan lyra as based primarily on the theme of music and gender in general and the performance of Cretan masculinity in particular. To this end, I critiqued the relevant literature and undertook narrative interviews with contemporary lyra-players. As a result, I reached a more nuanced understanding of the complexities of the music-scapes in which the lyra plays a part. I conclude with observations also about Ethnomusicology and Music Education course design.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Manchester
Award date14 Dec 2011
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sept 2011


  • Ethnomusicology
  • Cretan Lyra
  • reflexivity
  • identity
  • reflection
  • ethnography
  • participant-observation
  • narrative
  • gender


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  • Musicology Forum

    Richard Fay (Participant)

    5 May 2011

    Activity: Participating in or organising event(s)Participating in a conference, workshop, exhibition, performance, inquiry, course etcResearch

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