Music in the Community - MUS00016C

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  • Department: Music
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Bruce Cole
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

 

This module explores 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.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

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. Each student will undertake a short fieldwork placement.

Module 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 applied the skills gained through the module in professional contexts within a fieldwork setting;
  • have developed a sense of reflective practice and an ability to evaluate their own fieldwork;
  • be able to contribute with purpose and responsibility to a range of different communites.

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

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
2000 Word Placement Report
N/A 50
Essay/coursework
2500-3000 Word Essay
N/A 50

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

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 2000 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 2500-3000 words on a topic related to the placement.

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
2000 Word Placement Report
N/A 50
Essay/coursework
2500-3000 Word Essay
N/A 50

Module feedback

Report form with marks to student no later than 20 working days from submission of assessment.

Indicative reading

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.



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