- The Oxford Handbook of Community Music
- Introduction: An Overview of Community Music in the Twenty-First Century
- Part I Contexts
- Community Music Contexts, Dynamics, and Sustainability
- Community Music Interventions in Post-Conflict Contexts
- Community Music in the South Pacific
- Community-Supported Music-Making As A Context For Positive And Creative Ageing
- Online Music Communities and Social Media
- How Ubiquitous Technologies Support Ubiquitous Music
- Music-Making Behind Bars: The Many Dimensions of Community Music in Prisons
- Part II Transformations
- Strategic Working with Children and Young People in Challenging Circumstances
- Community Music and Youth: Delivering Empowerment?
- Growing Community Music Through a Sense of Place
- Translating Intercultural Creativities in Community Music
- Community Musical Theatre and Interethnic Peace-Building in Malaysia
- Community Music Portraits of Struggle, Identity, and Togetherness
- Measuring Outcomes and Demonstrating Impact: Rhetoric and Reality in Evaluating Participatory Music Interventions
- Part III Politics
- Theorizing Arts Participation as a Social Change Mechanism
- Community Music in the United Kingdom: Politics or Policies?
- Community Music in Cultural Policy
- Rethinking Community Music as Artistic Citizenship
- The Ethics of Community Music
- Engaging in Policy-Making Through Community-Oriented Work
- Why Public Culture Fails at Diversity
- Part IV Intersections
- Community Music and Music Therapy: Jointly and Severally
- Disability Arts and Visually Impaired Musicians in the Community
- Group Singing and Quality of Life
- Community Music and Ethnomusicology
- Community Music and Rational Recreation
- Music Projects with Veteran and Military Communities
- Arts-Based Educational Research in Community Music
- Part V Education
- Community Music in Higher Education
- Models of Collaboration and Community Music
- A University Commitment to Collaborations with Local Musical Communities
- Community Service Learning with First Peoples
- Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning
- Community Music Practice with Adults
- Becoming a Community Musician: A Situated Approach to Curriculum, Content, and Assessment
Abstract and Keywords
A documented history of almost fifty years and a growing internationalization and interculturalisation of community music invites a revisiting of some of the field’s approaches, ideologies, and contexts. This chapter critically reflects on historical developments and current realities of how the field is conceptualized around the globe. It also touches on the role of community music facilitators in bringing about social change and outlines some of the key skills, working methods, values and ethics that are commonly associated with work in this field. It provides a snapshot of what has become a truly global phenomenon, and critically discusses the recurring question of whether community music needs a new defitinion or (re)definition in the twenty-first century.
Brydie-Leigh Bartleet is a professor and director of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre and deputy director (Research) at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Australia. She has worked on a range of national and international projects in community music, arts-based service learning with Australian First Peoples, intercultural community arts, and arts programmes in prison. Many of these projects have been realized in partnership with a wide range of NGOs, arts and community organizations, and colleagues across Australia and the Asia Pacific. She has worked on four successive ARC Linkage projects, led a major OLT Innovation and Development project, secured over a millions dollars in research funding, and produced well over a 100 research outputs. In 2014 she was awarded the Australian University Teacher of the Year. She served as co-chair of the International Society for Music Education’s Community Music Activities Commission, co-founder of the Asia Pacific Community Music Network, and serves on the Board of Australia’s peak music advocacy body, Music Australia. She also serves on range of international and national boards including the International Journal of Music Education—Practice, and the International Journal of Community Music to mention a few. As a community music facilitator she has conducted bands, orchestras, choirs, and jazz ensembles from Australia, Thailand, Singapore, and Taiwan.
Lee Higgins is Professor and Director of the International Centre of Community Music based at York St John University, UK. He previously has held positions at Boston University, USA; Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, UK; and the University of Limerick, Ireland. Lee has been a visiting professor at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany, and Westminster Choir College, Princeton, USA. He received his PhD from the Irish Academy of Music and Dance, Ireland, and was the President of the International Society of Music Education (2016–2018). As a community musician he has worked across the education sector as well as within health settings, prison and probation service, youth and community, adult education, and arts organizations such as orchestras and dance. As a presenter and guest speaker, Lee has worked on four continents in university, school, and NGO settings. He is the senior editor for the International Journal of Community Music and was author of Community Music: In ↵Theory and in Practice (Oxford University Press, 2012) and co-author of Engagement in Community Music (Routledge, 2017).
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