Music for an Inclusive Society
This course provides an introduction into the field of community music projects in the Netherlands, as well as abroad. We will explore community music in all its variety, specifically its potential to contribute to an inclusive society. The course aims to:
* critically reflect on concepts, ideas and approaches directly related to community music;
* extend or develop the abilities needed to facilitate and engage in community music projects.
Community music is an approach to music making that stresses active collaboration between people with different societal and cultural backgrounds. It places music back at the heart of society. Community music covers work in schools, prisons or hospitals, in immigrant working-class areas, in rural communities, in (former) war zones, refugee camps etc. Community music moves away from the concert hall as it sets up encounters between artists and non-artists in informal settings. For musicians it may provide another career opportunity as musical skills and knowledge are brought together to empower people in different societal settings. In this course we challenge students to critically reflect on the why, what and how of Community Music. Even more, we share hands-on experiences and practical tools to set-up projects within this emerging field.
|teachers||Ben Hekkema and guest lecturers|
|method of instruction||Lectures, critical discussion, reflective engagement, and practical explorations will form the basis of the sessions. Students will also visit community music projects in the field.|
|readings||Higgins, L., and Willingham, L., Engaging in Community Music: An Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2017.|
|Bartlett, B., and Higgins, L., The Oxford Handbook of Community Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.|
|Van der Schyff, M., and Silverman, M., ‘Music in The Community’, in: W. Forde Thompson and K.N. Olsen (eds.), The Science and Psychology of Music: From Beethoven at the Office to Beyoncé at the Gym. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2020|
|participation||Optional for all master students|
|related electives||New Perspectives on Music Pedagogy|
|Building a Successful Professional Practice|
|Reading Black Music – Key Texts on African-American Music|