Music in the Community - CMAT5090

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Jackie Walduck checkmark-circle


The module takes a holistic approach to the theory and practice of community music. Students engage with the creation and facilitation of music-based experiences for groups and individuals in a variety of settings within the local community. The core aim is to provide a foundational training for budding or potential educators, therapists, facilitators and researchers. A variety of topics form the subject matter of the course, which is interdisciplinary in scope. The curriculum includes an introduction to the history, development and literature of music and community studies using selected key publications in community music, ethnomusicology, music education, and music, health and wellbeing/therapeutic music studies. Given the high number of publications in these fields the core texts will be chosen for their ability to provide (i) connections and synthesis and/or (ii) disciplinary distinction, especially when highlighting methodological differences. As noted the aim is to provide a relatively unified and holistic introduction to community music in theory and practice.


Contact hours

This module is taught by means of lectures, seminars, fieldwork and tutorial sessions.

Total Contact Hours: 36
Independent Study Hours: 114
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods

1) Assessed Group Workshop (1 hour) 50%
2) Project Report (1500 words) 50%

Reassessment Methods
100% Project

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Childs, J. (1996) Making Music Special: Practical Ways to Create Music. David Foulton.
Grills, S. (1998) Doing Ethnographic Research: Fieldwork Settings. Sage.
Higgins, Lee. (2012) Community Music In Theory and In Practice. OUP.
Macdonald, R., Kreutz, G., & Mitchell, L. (eds) (2013). Music, Health and Wellbeing. OUP.
Moser, P. & McKay, G. (2005) Community Music: A Handbook. Russell House.
Ockleford, A. (2008) Music for Children and Young People with Complex Needs. Oxford Music Education.
Titon, J. (2016) Worlds of Music. An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples. (6TH edition). Cengage Learning.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1) practically apply and critically evaluate their knowledge in relation to music, music education, music and wellbeing in the community;
2) use appropriate planning, teaching, leading and learning methodologies as a responsible and accountable team member;
3) set appropriate objectives and prepare suitable musical material for a community-based group that fosters inclusion, effective communication, understanding and

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1) gather, evaluate and synthesise evidence including the identification of reliable academic sources;
2) analyse data and to formulate and express relevant arguments and hypotheses;
3) assimilate different theoretical and aesthetic systems of thought and to relate theory to practice;
4) Utilise inter-personal skills of communication, planning and evaluative interaction in group work and unpredictable contexts.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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