Approaches to Practice

Lee Higgins

in Community Music

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

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The purpose of Chapter 9 is to explore the strategies community musicians use to generate music making environments that are accessible for those who wish to participate. Approaches to music making are discussed through the concept of the creative workshop considered to be the most significant pedagogic practice employed by community musicians. Building upon the conceptual scaffolding of hospitality, the creative workshop is described as an “event,” a temporal and spatial domain that enables authentic musical doing. Following this, an approach to working with people, named as facilitation, is explored as the key intervention tactic used by community musicians in their efforts to enable music interactions. The “welcome,” the “gift,” and “safety without safety” are presented as concepts that become tools for thinking and initiating creative music making. From this perspective community music is articulated within a framework that promotes cultural diversity and equality of opportunity.

Keywords: facilitation; welcome; event; gift; safety without safety; creative workshop

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Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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