Lee Higgins

in Community Music

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199777839
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950218 | DOI:

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This chapter suggests three broad perspectives of community music: community music as the “music of a community,” community music as “communal music making,” and community music as an active intervention between a music leader or leaders and participants. This book covers the third definition. The chapter outlines four questions: What is community music? What are the histories of community music and what can we learn from them? Where are the illustrations of practice? and Can a theoretical framework be developed that would help describe and understand community music practices? The book is divided into two sections. Firstly, “Inheritances and Pathways” presents three main themes: a historic perspective through which to understand the emergence of an international field; a consideration of what makes community music a distinctive enterprise; and illustrations of practice from across the world. Secondly, “Interventions and Counterpaths” utilizes the practice of community music to reveal philosophical strategies that enables an approach to analysis, discussion and understanding. Finally, Chapter 12, “Another Opening” explores future implications and directions for community music teaching and learning, employment, and practice.

Keywords: community music; communal music making; music teaching; music learning; music employment; music practice

Chapter.  6509 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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