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Environment, intention and intergenerational music making: Facilitating participatory music making in diverse contexts of community music

Anderson, Kirstin; Willingham, Lee


Lee Willingham


Current conversations and debates amongst community music and music educational practitioners have engendered the need to identify and describe qualities and leadership strategies that could be expected essential for those in teaching, facilitating and/or working in diverse settings, including carceral environments. Common areas are first explored: where are we working (context)?, with whom are we working (people/community)? and given an understanding of the first two questions, how do we do it (strategies)? These framing questions assist in locating common characteristics of making music in various settings, but also point to the distinctive features of each of the three contexts. By establishing conditions for authentic experience, safety in exploring and risk-taking as well as defining key strategies for successful engagement, instructional approaches are identified and applied. Pedagogical practices that include instructional strategies such as guided discovery, collaborative learning and narrative dialogue are identified. Facilitation processes such as, for example, demonstrating/modelling, coaching, Socratic direction and facilitating/enabling are models of musical intervention that create space for acquiring and using lifelong skills in participatory contexts. Whether in schools, communities or prisons, the positive experience of music making thrives where the flexibility of the teacher/facilitator, the reflexivity of the innovator, the foundational knowledge that research and practice provide and the ultimate enhancement of the community are fully in place.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 1, 2020
Online Publication Date May 18, 2020
Publication Date Jun 1, 2020
Deposit Date Jan 30, 2022
Journal International Journal of Community Music
Print ISSN 1752-6299
Electronic ISSN 1752-6302
Publisher Intellect
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 2
Pages 173-185
Keywords facilitation strategies; flexibility; intergenerational; music leadership; prison
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