Voicing culture through music

Date published: 2008-08-18 12:11:37 PM

At present, Beverley Diamond, Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University, has devoted much of her career to researching how culturally diverse social groups, mostly in Canada, use music to make a place for themselves and communicate issues of importance.

Some of Diamond’s most important work has taken place among historically marginalized groups. In particular, she has examined how indigenous peoples around the world use music in their struggle for rights and recognition. Diamond’s most recent research has explored how indigenous peoples reconcile legal copyright obligations with the concepts of traditional ownership in their communities. Many of her research projects are concerned with the ways music functions for marginalized people as they struggle to sustain their communities, physically and spiritually.

From her renowned Canadian Musical Pathways Project in the mid-1990s to the ongoing On Record: Interpreting Audio Recording Practices in Newfoundland and Labrador, Diamond has undertaken research that will enhance Canada’s profile internationally and help develop our next generation of music scholars and artists. i hope that i have expanded our understanding of canadian Music and added to people’s understanding of the extent of practices within canadian Music culture. certainly, i hope that My work will foster pride for canadian artists who are struggling for recognition in the world. BeveRley diamond

Beverley Diamond, ethnomusicology, Memorial University