Music in the Community

  • Module tutor: Bruce Cole
  • Level: C/4 (1st year students), I/5 (2nd year students), H/6 (3rd year students)
  • Modules code: MUS0009I

Aims and content

The term ‘community music’ covers a wide range of activities. It covers the development of participatory arts in education, healthcare and other social settings, the development of music in under-resourced areas and the development of creative partnerships between people of different skills and cultures.

The aims of this project are to explore the various contexts of community music alongside the ‘outreach’ work of arts organisations and the work of related professional disciplines such as teaching and music therapy. We will draw on current research and policies and relate these to the design, practice and evaluation of fieldwork in the community.

Assessment

Each student will be expected to undertake a short fieldwork placement. The duration is not fixed but should be appropriate to the practical work undertaken. This is not  assessed but must be followed by a report of approximately 2500 words evaluating the experience. This written report is assessed and will account for 50% of the marks.

The other 50% of the assessment consists of an essay of 3000-4000 words on a topic related to the placement.

Reading and listening

  • Braden, Su. Artists and People. London: Routledge, 1978.
  • Everitt, Anthony. Joining In. London: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 1997.
  • Higgins, Lee. Community Music In Theory and In Practice. OUP, 2012
  • Matarrasso, Francois. Use or Ornament. Comedia, 1997
  • Moser, P. & McKay, G.   Community Music: a handbook.  Russell House 2005
  • Small, Christopher.  Music, Society, Education. London: Calder, 1977.

Further specialised reading will be suggested during the project.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this project all students should:

  • have a critical understanding of the contexts and ideologies of community music;
  • have an awareness of the professional codes and methodologies within which the community musician operates;
  • have an ability to relate theory to practice in a range of social settings;
  • have developed a sense of reflective practice and an ability to evaluate their own fieldwork.

First years: On completion of the module, in their independent work, students should demonstrate Learning Outcomes A1-A6, A13

Second years: On completion of the module, in their independent work, students should demonstrate Learning Outcomes B1-B6, B13

Third years: On completion of the module, in their independent work, students should demonstrate Learning Outcomes C1-C6, C13