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Community music and higher education: A marriage of convenience

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Abstract:

An increasing number of higher education institutions in the United Kingdom are offering an element of community music in their courses, partly in response to changing needs in student training. However, the ethos of community arts, with roots in political activism and welfare, can often sit uncomfortably in formal education. The need for multi-skilled practitioners presents a problem in higher education, which tends to foster specialism. Community art has also challenged and widened the traditional definition of excellence, which has implications for assessment, particularly in the area of practical work in the community, which draws on social, healthcare and communication skills alongside the artistic content. There is a danger of 'short-termism' in community contact, and it is important for institutions to foster sustainable links.

Keywords: ASSESSMENT; COMMUNITY MUSIC; HIGHER EDUCATION; SUSTAINABILITY; TRAINING

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ijcm.4.2.79_1

Publication date: July 1, 2011

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  • The International Journal of Community Music publishes research articles, practical discussions, timely reviews, readers' notes and special issues concerning all aspects of Community Music. The editorial board is composed of leading international scholars and practitioners spanning diverse disciplines that reflect the scope of Community Music practice and theory.
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