Professor Lee Higgins


International Centre of Community Music

York St John University

Community Music, Music Education, Applied Ethnomusicology, Participatory Arts Practices

Professor Lee Higgins is the Director of the International Centre of Community Music based at York St John University, UK. He has held previously 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 is the President of 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 speakemore...

Irish Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland. PhD, (2006) Supervisors: Patricia Shehan Campbell, University of Washington, USA Helen Phelan, University of Limerick, Ireland Title: Boundary-Walkers: Contexts and Concepts of Community Music • Winner of ‘Outstanding Dissertation Award 2008.’ The National [USA] Association for Music Education (Community and Adult Education Special Research Interest Group). Manchester Metropolitan University. BA (Hons) Creative and Performing Arts (Visual Art/Music), 2:1, (1988) West London Institute of Higher Education. Diploma in Music, A Level Music, History of Art, (1985) Associated Board of Music Classical Guitar, Grade 8, (1985)

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Latest Publications

  1. Higgins, Lee and Bartleet, B.-L. (2018) The Community Music Facilitator and School Music Education. In: McPherson, G. and Welch, G.F., (eds.) Music Learning and Teaching in Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence. Oxford handbook of Music Education (2). New York, OUP, pp. 277-294 (In Press)
  2. Higgins, Lee (2018) The Community in Community Music. In: McPherson, G. and Welch, G. F., (eds.) Special Needs, Community Music, and Adult Learning. Oxford Handbook of Music Education (4). New York, OUP, pp. 104-119 (In Press)
  3. Coffman, D. and Higgins, Lee (2018) Community Music Ensembles. In: McPherson, G. and Welch, F., (eds.) Vocal, Instrumental, and Ensemble Learning and Teaching. Oxford Handbook of Music Education (3). New York, OUP, pp. 301-316 (In Press)
  4. Higgins, Lee (2017) Community Music and Entrepreneurship, Stamp Webinar Series, Training and Lifelong Learning for Music Professionals. STAMP. (Unpublished)
  5. Higgins, Lee (2014) Community Music, Community Music Therapy, & Applied Ethnomusicology: Building Bridges between Scholarship and Practice. In: Cohen, Mary L., (ed.) CMA XIV: Listening to the World: Experiencing and Connecting the Knowledge from Community Music. ISME, pp. 77-86
  6. Higgins, Lee (2017) An Overview of Community Music in the 21st Century. In: Center of Educational Research in Music, March 2017, Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, Norway. (Unpublished)
  7. Currie, Ruth and Gibson, Jo and Murata, Mary and Higgins, Lee (2016) Lines of Flight: International Centre for Community Music as a Crucible for PhD Research. In: Cohen, Mary L., (ed.) Innovation and Change in Community Music: Proceedings of the XV International Seminar of the. ISME, pp. 49-59
  8. Higgins, Lee (2016) Music education for the many not the few: a transformative approach to collaborative music learning based on the practices of popular musicians. In: Shanghai Music Live, October 2016, China. (Unpublished)
  9. Creech, Andrea and Higgins, Lee (2016) Resilience/Resistance: Are there ways Sistema-Inspired Programmes could be reframed as a context for community music or is it fundamentality quiet different? In: Reframing El Sistema, 8-9 April 2016, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). (Unpublished)
  10. Higgins, Lee (2017) Challenges in music teaching and learning. In: NAMM Show, 19-22 January 2017, Anaheim, USA. (Unpublished)