On this course you will situate the principles of community music research and practice within both historical and contemporary contexts. We will cover main theories and concepts, as well as setting out basic workshop structures and practice (planning, implementation and evaluation). You will undertake work-based learning in community music settings across a range of contexts. This could include settings such as:
- Community Centres (including Tang Hall SMART and Accessible Arts and Media)
- Arts organisations (including NYMAZ and the National Centre for Early Music)
- Early years and schools (including Riccall Primary School)
- Hospitals (including York Hospital Radio)
- Homeless shelters (including Arclight)
- Care homes and sheltered housing (including Musical Connections)
- Converge York courses
- The York St John Prison Partnership Project.
This experience enables you to refine your skills in running workshops, as well as developing your understanding of self reflective practice.
You will develop contemporary perspectives in which to situate community music, both nationally and internationally. Some of the topics you will consider include:
- Informal/nonformal learning and negotiated curriculum
- Intergenerational and lifelong learning
- Activism and social justice
- Health, wholeness and wellbeing
- Collaboration and diverse perspectives
- Inclusion and empathetic processes.
With the encouragement and expertise of course tutors, and within the wider networks of the International Centre for Community Music (ICCM), you will be supported in developing your own unique pathway.