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Bridging Scholarship and Practice in Community Music through Action Research

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de Banffy-Hall, Alicia:
Bridging Scholarship and Practice in Community Music through Action Research.
In: Cohen, Mary L. (Hrsg.) : CMA XIV: Listening to the World: Experiencing and Connecting the Knowledge from Community Music : Proceedings from the International Society for Music Education. - Salvador, Brazil, 2014. - S. 94-101
ISBN 978-0-9942044

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This paper explores the process of an on-going community music action research
group, which I am facilitating as part of my PhD research. Called the “Munich
Community Music Action Research Group”, the purpose of the group is to bridge
community music practice, policy and research, part of a larger research project on
developing community music in Munich, Germany. In Munich, western classical
music is the most highly-funded high-art form, as reflected in the opera house and the
rich variety of orchestras. However, music is also the least developed of the
participatory arts in terms of engaging with the community. Those working as
community musicians largely work in isolation and there is currently no network to
bring them together. The City Council of Munich is currently developing cultural
education in an exemplary citywide strategy. For decades, it has been one of the
leading cities in Germany in terms of supporting cultural education. The council is
also participating in the action research group, having recognized that there is a need
to develop community music.
This research aims to enable a group of eleven community musicians, policy makers
and academics to co-construct a conceptual framework and develop perspectives for
community music practice and policy in Munich. I share the process and findings of
the group: the network that developed through the meetings; the space the group
provided for discussion to develop theory and practice; synergies that developed for
shared projects; and next steps in the development of the group itself.

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Publikationsform:Aufsatz in einem Buch
Zusätzliche Informationen:These proceedings are a collection of research studies, project reports, and abstracts related to
Community Music from forty-eight people representing countries including South Africa,
Germany, Canada, Brazil, Japan, United States, Ireland, England, and Israel. Some selections
include cross-cultural examinations of community music for example Capoeira Angola in
South Africa and Korean Canadians singing activities. The collection is peer reviewed, and
includes full papers and abstracts, representing the presentations of the 14th Community
Music Activity (CMA) Commission of the International Society of Music Education (ISME)
that met in Salvador, Brazil from July 15 to 18, 2014. The CMA began in 1982 following
previous formations as the Education of the Amateur Commission (1974) and the Out of
School Activities Commission (1976). The CMA met during the main ISME conference until
the first independent seminar in 1988.

What actually is Community Music? The answers have multiple possibilities and continue to
evolve with further practice, research, conversation, and thinking. According to the
International Centre for Community Music (http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/iccm/iccm.aspx), the
concept of community music is based on a notion that music-making is a fundamental part of
human culture and society. Community musicians intentionally create opportunities for
participatory and inclusive musical experiences. Higgins (2012) explored these ideas in more
depth and Veblen, Messenger, Silverman, and Elliott (2013) edited a book including a wide
variety of community music practices across the globe.

The papers and abstracts in this collection are published in the order of the spoken
presentations at the Salvador meeting. Some of the main themes in these proceedings include
hospitality, feeling welcome through community music activities, social experiences as a core
aspect of community music-making, and music-making as a means to adapt to new
environments. The meeting was structured into the following categories:
1. Global Initiatives: Innovation, Collaboration, and Sustainability in Community Music
a. Asian Pacific Connections
b. Middle Eastern Connections
c. Latin American Connections
d. Low/Medium HDI Connections
2. Community Music as a Profession: Building Bridges between Scholarship and
Practice
3. Community Music and the Future: New Era, New Perspectives
Schlagwörter:Action research, community music, Germany, Munich, music education
Institutionen der Universität:Philosophisch-Pädagogische Fakultät > Musikwissenschaft > Professur für Musikpädagogik und Musikdidaktik
Begutachteter Aufsatz:Ja
Titel an der KU entstanden:Nein
Eingestellt am:29. Aug 2017 08:56
Letzte Änderung:29. Aug 2017 08:56
URL zu dieser Anzeige:http://edoc.ku-eichstaett.de/19768/