Linguistic and cultural perspectives in printed and digital music resources published in Galicia

  1. Antía Cores Torres 1
  1. 1 Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

    Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

    Santiago de Compostela, España


Music education and didactic materials
  1. Vicente Álvarez, Rosa María (coord.)
  2. Gillanders, Carol (coord.)
  3. Rodríguez Rodríguez, Jesús (coord.)
  4. Romanelli, Guilherme (coord.)
  5. Pitt, Jessica (coord.)

Publisher: IARTEM ; Grupo de Investigación Stellae

ISBN: 978-84-122480-2-9

Year of publication: 2020

Pages: 77-82

Type: Book chapter


Over the last few years there has been a noticeable growth in the number of music albums released in the Galician language, that is, materials made up of songs that combine stories, lyrics, images and videos. These music albums are currently being used in preschool and primary school classrooms. They use songs as a core globalizing source and can be used to work on singing, listening education and a wide range of other music-related skills. This paper presents the main results of a study aiming to analyze these resources from the linguistic and cultural perspective of the Autonomous Community of Galicia, evaluating to what extent the music albums are adapted to the peculiarities and characteristics of our territory using a specifically designed guideline. The assessment tool, divided into eight blocks and comprising seventy items, focused on elements of Galician cultural heritage (both material and non-material) in order to identify their presence in the previously mentioned music records. The study sample consisted of ten materials (either in a book-CD format or a book-CD-DVD format) published between 2012 and 2017, to which a content-analysis methodology was applied to fulfill the purpose of the study. The findings revealed that, on the whole, there is a limited presence of Galician cultural elements in the ten music albums, revealing them as decontextualized in their area of use because they do not display our differential features and peculiarities. Moreover, this situation becomes even more evident with respect to illustrations, the most flawed aspect. On the other hand, the audiovisual resources reflected a larger number of traits pertaining to our language and culture