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Making Music Together: The community musician’s role in music-making with participants

Gibson, Joanne Leigh (2020) Making Music Together: The community musician’s role in music-making with participants. Doctoral thesis, York St John University.

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Abstract

cross the UK, community musicians support groups and individuals to make their ‘own’ music with the belief that this holds potential for transformative and
empowering experiences. Consequently, music co-creation is a regular feature of contemporary UK practice. Research is limited in this area, often presenting
the prosocial or ameliorative impacts of music-making in an overtly positive or uncritical light. In this study, I ask: ‘How do we make music together?’ to explore
approaches to co-creative music-making and to deepen understanding of, (1) how community musicians and participants conceptualize working together, and (2)
strategies of research through music-making.

Through a methodology guided by community music I undertook long-term Practice as Research in educational, community centre and adult recovery programme settings
within the United Kingdom. The research explores ways in which empowerment and/or transformation correspond with the practice of facilitated music-making. This exegesis is one part of a two-part research dissemination. Using my practice as both evidence and methodology, I explore the intricacies and tensions of facilitated musicmaking,
unpacking the community musician’s dual collaborator/facilitator status by zooming in on the starting points for material generation with participants. Drawing upon concepts which include hospitality, responsibility, and critical pedagogy,
alongside iterative practice, I suggest the community musician and participant’s working together as collaboration through joint endeavor underpinned by a cultural democracy to come. However, operating in the context of agenda, assumption and pre-existing structures, this cyclical process can become compromised through musicmaking approaches that are one-way. In conclusion, community music is described as a performative moment made of relationships, which calls for enacting a critical practice, and togetherness is offered as a lens and a practice approach to do so.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Status: Published
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
School/Department: School of the Arts
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/4995

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