Community music: in theory and in practice

Ornette D. Clennon
  • Music Education Research, December 2013, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/14613808.2013.824771

Community music: in theory and in practice

What is it about?

This is a book review of Lee Higgins' volume, Community music: in theory and practice. I review Higgins' attempt at bridging the divide between theory and practice in community music practice.

Why is it important?

As more universities are beginning to offer degrees in community arts it is increasingly becoming important to examine and review the impact the arts have on communities in terms of their well-being and development. My review highlights the challenges that a music practitioner faces in using music to enable or facilitate community development and engagement. This is especially timely in view of Higher Education's Widening Participation agenda and the need for effective Public Engagement.

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