Gwen Moore is Director of Teaching and Learning and Senior Lecturer in Music Education at Mary Immaculate College, Ireland where she has been lecturing in music education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for over a decade. She is a member of the international editorial board of the International Journal of Music Education and the book series, Popular Music Matters. Gwen’s doctoral research is the first international study to investigate the experiences of music lecturers and undergraduate students across eleven Irish higher education institutions and she has published these findings in peer reviewed journals such as Irish Educational Studies and Music Education Research. She is an awardee of research funding from the Irish Research Council and served as Chair of the Society for Music Education in Ireland from 2013-2017.
“Bread and Roses”: Performing Resistance and Meaning-Making through Collective Singing
Taking “Bread and Roses” as a socio-musical case study of protest song, this provocation examines the ways in which the meaning ascribed to this protest song changes from one social group to another, asking whether the appropriation of the song for different purposes dilutes this meaning of protest as found in the original manifestations of the song. The paper considers the relevance of Adornian theory as it applies to an analysis of protest song and it proposes that an application of Green’s (1988; 2008) theory of musical meaning to a number of appropriations of “Bread and Roses” can shed new light on the meaning of social protest within protest songs.