- Michael Cook
The ‘Conclusion’ argues that both music and musicology are ways of creating meaning rather than just of representing it. If music can communicate across barriers of gender difference, it can do so over other barriers as well. One example is music therapy, where music communicates across the cultural barrier of mental illness. If we use music as a means of insight into other cultures, then equally we can see it as a means of negotiating cultural identity. This means that music becomes a way not only of gaining some understanding of the cultural other, but also of shifting your own position, constructing and reconstructing your own identity in the process.