Community Music: History and Current Practice, its Constructions of 'Community', Digital Turns and Future Soundings

Lead Research Organisation: University of Salford
Department Name: Sch of Arts & Media

Abstract

The UK has been a pivotal national player within the development of community music practice. In the UK community music developed broadly from the 1960s and had a significant burgeoning period in the 1980s. Community music nationally and internationally has gone on to build a set of practices, a repertoire, an infrastructure of organisations, qualifications and career paths. There are elements of cultural and debatably pedagogic innovations in community music. These have to date only partly been articulated and historicised within academic research.

This document brings together and reviews research under the headings of history and definitions; practice; repertoire; community; pedagogy; digital technology; health and therapy; policy and funding, and impact and evaluation. A 90-entry, 22,000 word annotated bibliography was also produced (McKay and Higham 2011). An informed group of 15 practitioners and academics reviewed the authors? initial findings at a knowledge exchange colloquium and advised on further investigation. Some of the gaps in research identified are: an authoritative history, an examination of repertoire, the relationship with other music (practice), the freelance practitioner career, evidence of impact and value, the potential for a pedagogy.

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Description The UK has been a pivotal national player within the development of community music practice. In the UK community music developed broadly from the 1960sand had a significant burgeoning period in the 1980s. Community musicnationally and internationally has gone on to build a set of practices, arepertoire, an infrastructure of organisations, qualifications and career paths. There are elements of cultural and debatably pedagogic innovations incommunity music. These have to date only partly been articulated andhistoricised within academic research. This document brings together and reviews research under the headings of history and definitions; practice; repertoire; community; pedagogy; digitaltechnology; health and therapy; policy and funding, and impact and evaluation.



A 90-entry, 22,000 word annotated bibliography was also produced (McKay and Higham 2011). An informed group of 15 practitioners and academics reviewed the authors' initial findings at a knowledge exchange colloquium and advised onfurther investigation. Some of the gaps in research identified are: an authoritative history, an examination of repertoire, the relationship with other music (practice), the freelance practitioner career, evidence of impact and value,the potential for a pedagogy.
Exploitation Route Of relevance and interest to community music and community arts practitioners.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education

URL http://georgemckay.org/jazz/community-music/
 
Description They have been used in practitioner field of community music itself.
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Community gardening, creativity and everyday culture
Amount £79,000 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/J006866/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Community gardening, creativity and everyday culture
Amount £79,000 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/J006866/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2012 
End 07/2013
 
Description Understanding changing community cultures and histories and patterns of connectivity within and between communities
Amount £359,888 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/K503368/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2012 
End 08/2015
 
Description Understanding changing community cultures and histories and patterns of connectivity within and between communities
Amount £359,888 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/K503368/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2012 
End 08/2015
 
Description Community Music: unorthodox music education and improvisation in Britain 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference paper, European Jazz / Rhythm Changes HERA project international conference, Amsterdam Conservatium, NL

A conference paper on the place of UK free improvised music in the development of radical education practice of community music in the 1960s and 1970s .



An audio recording of the presentation can be accessed here:



http://www.rhythmchanges.net/george
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description UEA London Lecture 2019: Popular music and disability 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact C 150 people attended a public lecture, one of an annual series organised by University of East Anglia, called the UEA London Lectures. The topic drew on McKay's research expertise in popular music and the disabled body, different embodiments and voices from rock n roll onwards. There were many questions and lively debate from audience members, scholarly, informed, anecdotal, and personal. This continued in a very lively way at the post-lecture reception. A pre-lecture short film showing McKay introducing the topic was made as taster and is available on Youtube.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnXvwpJvsmE
 
Description University of Sheffield, Digital Folk conference, speaker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An AHRC Connected Communities project event. Part of a day about collaborative research across music, technology, industry, academia. Discussion about community music practice and history, enhanced awareness of participatory arts reported
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Unpicking community music research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Article in UK's practitioners' magazine Sounding Board, written for community musicians. about the AHRC scoping review and the project symposium

Community musicians reported bak that this article helped inform their understanding of academy research in the field, and its possible value.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011