Helenius, Anna

DOCTORAL PROJECT

Anna Helenius:  Church musician´s professional identity

Abstract of the written thesis

My qualitative research focuses on the church musician´s professional identity. The data consist of approximately 10 interviews, which were collected using an informal interview method. The main research question of this thesis is: What parts does the church musician recognize in his or her own professional identity? The other questions are: What is the position of music in the construction of and as a part of this professional identity? What kind of aspects does the church musician attach to these parts? In my study the world is examined from a phenomenological point of view, research on experience being the subject matter. In the analysis I use membership categorization analysis (MCA).