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Community Music at the Boundaries

Edited by Lee Willingham
Subjects Music, Education
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Paperback : 9781771124577, 580 pages, April 2021
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771124584, 580 pages, April 2021

Table of contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Territorial Acknowledgement

Foreword by Roger Mantie


Introduction by Lee Willingham

Part 1: Community Music: Walking the Boundaries of Contexts and Borders

1. The Problem of Community / Deanna Yerichuk and Justis Krar

2. Words of Choice: Challenging A Discourse of Disadvantage and Social Change in Community Music / Kathleen Turner

3. Collaborative Musical Experiences with Urban Families Experiencing Homelessness in the United States / Lindsey G. Castellano

4. Mind the Gap / Dave Camlin

5. The Borders are Open: Community Music in Higher Education / Glen Carruthers

Part 2: Community Music: Walking the Boundaries of Education, Ensembles and Changing Paradigms

6. Do, Review, Improve: Establishing a Framework for Quality Delivery within the Community Music Sector / Phil Mullen

7. A Music Educator’s Journey Towards Addressing Gender Barriers in Music Education / Elizabeth Parker-Cook

8. Music-Making Opportunities for Children from Underserved Populations: Impact and Transformations through Community Youth Orchestras / Christine D’Alexander

9. Time to Face the Music: Possibilities for Community Music with Older Adults / Donald D. Coffman and William M. Dabback

10. And the Melody Still Lingers On: Building Social Capital Through Community Music Participation / Annie Mitchell

11. Mindfulness and Empathetic Considerations for Music Ensemble Directing / Brent Rowan

12. Musica Per Tutti – Community Music as Meaningful, Emancipatory and Affirming to Alternatives to Formal Music Education in Italy / Antonella Coppi and Johann Van Der Sandt

13. Music Technology as an Intuitive and Inclusive Pathway to Musical Thinking, Learning and Doing / Gena Greher

14. Dreaming Big with the Regent Park School of Music / Rich Marsella

15. Creative Community Composition / Pete Moser

Part 3: Community Music: Seeking Relationships with Indigenous Communities

16. Community Music at the Cultural Interface: What the Experiences of Working Alongside First Peoples Can Bring to Our Understandings of Community Music / Brydie-Leigh Bartleet

17. Song as the Catalyst that Promotes Envisioning Ethical Spaces / Kelly Laurila

18. The Sacred Canoe: The Search for Truth and Reconciliation through Cultural Partnership Glenn Marais

Part 4: Community Music Walking the Boundaries of Health and Wellness

19. Processing Refugee Journey and Promoting Self-Healing with Music and Art / Heidi Ahonen

20. Musical Identities, Personal Identities: Performance for Children with Disabilities Elizabeth Mitchell

21. Music Care and the Aging Population: The Room 217 Story / Bev Foster

22. Finding Our Music, Strengthening Care: A Case for Baseline Music Care Training / Sarah Pearson

23. The Circle of Music Intergenerational Choir: Bridging the Generations while Extending the Boundaries of Understanding, Supporting and Mentoring / Sasha Judelson

Part 5: Community Music Walking the Boundaries of Prisons

24. Life Within These Walls: Community Music-Making as a Bridge of Healing and Transformation in Prison Contexts / Mary Cohen, Johnathan Kana, and Richard Winemiller

25. Creative Conversations with the Scottish Prison Arts Network / Kirstin Anderson

26. Exploring the Boundaries of Community Music: Tales of a Piano Journey Inside a Female Prison / Ines Lamela, Paulo Rodrigues, and Graça Mota

27. “The Song Bird House”: Clinical Applications of Music Therapy As A Central Source Of “Community” In a Women’s Federal Prison / Rebekah Jordan-Miller

Part 6: Community Music Walking the Boundaries of Cultural Identity

28. At the Panyard, in the Calypso Tent, on the Soca Stage: Exploring ‘Ideal’ Identity through Community Music Activities During Carnival in Grenada, West Indies / Danielle Sirek

29. Reclaiming Worship: Community Music Practices and their Application to the Music-Making in The Anabaptist Mennonite Church / Brandon Leis

30. “If You Don’t Change You Get Left Behind”: Playing in the Banda Italiana Musicale Vincenzo Bellini in Melbourne, Australia / Jane Southcott and Leon De Bruin

31. Remembering a Hard Life with Joy: Music Making Among Korean Elders / Elisha Jo Heesun, Kari K. Veblen, and Patrick J. Potter

32. Music as Gift: Ethical Exchange through Intercultural Improvisation / Gerard Yun

Postscript / Lee Higgins

Contributor Bios



Music lives where people live. Historically, music study has centred on the conservatory, which privileges the study of the Western European canon and Western European practice . The Eurocentric way music has been studied has excluded communities that are considered to be marginalized in one or more ways despite that the majority of human experiences with music is found outside of that realm. Community music has emerged as a counter-narrative to the hegemonic music canon: it seeks to increase the participation of those living on the boundaries.

Community Music at the Boundaries explores music and music-making on those edges. “The real power of community music,” writes Roger Mantie in the foreword, “lies not in the fiction of trying to eliminate boundaries (or pretending they don’t exist), but in embracing the challenge of ’walking‘ them. ” Contributions from scholars and researchers, music practitioners, and administrators examine the intersection of music and communities in a variety of music-making forms: ensembles, university and police choirs, bands, prison performing groups, youth music groups, instrument classes, symphonies, drum circles, and musical direction and performance. Some of the topics explored in the volume include education and change, music and Indigenous communities, health and wellness, music by incarcerated persons, and cultural identity. By shining a light on boundaries, this volume provides a wealth of international perspectives and knowledge about the ways that music enhances lives.