Community Music Ensembles

Don D. Coffman and Lee Higgins

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730810
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Community Music Ensembles

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This article contextualizes what community music ensembles mean, and then provides examples of them in practice. It proposes three broad perspectives of community music: (1) community music as the “music of a community”; (2) community music as “communal music-making”; and (3) community music as an active intervention between a music leader or leaders and participants. The article suggests that participating in community ensembles is much more than just music-making—it can have life-changing effects.

Keywords: community music ensembles; communal music-making; community bands

Article.  6592 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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