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Community Music and Social/Health Psychology: Linking Theoretical and Practical Concerns

Michael Murray and Alexandra Lamont

in Music, Health, and Wellbeing

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199586974
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738357 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.003.0006
Community Music and Social/Health Psychology: Linking Theoretical and Practical Concerns

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A different approach to music-making in groups is that of community music, a form of musical activity that is designed to transform and mobilize communities. This approach has many similarities to other forms of community art, and has considerable potential to achieve more than purely musical goals in terms of identity, health, and wellbeing. This chapter considers in more detail what is meant by the term community and how it connects with community music. It explores a number of examples from diverse settings, and looks at the short- and long-term impact of community music on the participants and the wider community.

Keywords: music-making; community music; musical activity; community health; community wellbeing

Chapter.  5795 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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