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Community Music Practice: Intervention Through Facilitation

Howell, Gillian, Higgins, Lee and Bartleet, Brydie-Leigh (2017) Community Music Practice: Intervention Through Facilitation. In: Mantie, Roger and Smith, Gareth Dylan, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Music Making and Leisure. New York, Oxford University Press, pp. 601-618

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A community musician facilitator’s toolkit of skills enables them to engage deeply with musicians on both an interpersonal and musical level. This distinctive approach to practice has developed in response to cultural environments in which the ever-increasing commercialization and commodification of music practices has resulted in people’s widespread disengagement from active music making. The purpose of this chapter is to explore community music practice as an “intervention” under the guidance of a music facilitator. Four case studies are used to illustrate the central notions of this approach. Underpinning these four case studies is also the concept of musical excellence in community music interventions. This notion of excellence refers to the quality of the social experience – the bonds formed, meaning and enjoyment derived, and sense of agency that emerges for individuals and the group – considered alongside the musical outcomes created through the music making experience. The chapter concludes by reflecting on the ways in which community music opens up new pathways for reflecting on, enacting, and developing approaches to facilitation that respond to a wide range of social, cultural, health, economic, and political contexts.

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Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190244705.013.26
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
School/Department: School of the Arts
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1102

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