Events & Courses
Community music practice: An introduction
13 March 2021 - 20 March 2021
This popular Goldsmiths two-part course, led by Graham Dowdall, provides an overview of community music and introduction to the key ethics and practices

This course is run online over two Saturdays in March.

During the course we’ll explore educational and therapeutic contexts including schools, hospitals and care homes, as well as investigating the skills and understanding needed to follow a profession in these rewarding areas.


We will explore the three core contexts in the field of Community Music Practice:

  • Educational – the landscape of Music education is changing fast demanding new skills and understanding whether in the formal or non-formal sectors.
  • Community – the breadth of practices and opportunities in Community Music continue to grow as the field develops and adapts to a changing world.
  • Therapeutic – increasingly the therapeutic benefits of music are being understood and many musicians are looking for ways to effectively access and measure these outcomes


Community Music Practice can take many forms – singing in a choir, making beats on a computer, improvising as a group, exploring technology as a means to self-expression, songwriting, soundscape work and more. Each different way of engaging with music can have personal, social and collective benefits. To gain the greatest benefit interactions need to be led by people with a range of musical, communication and other skills, as well as an understanding of the context, and the people you are working with. These workshops will enable you to reflect on and develop your own skill set, as well as providing a range of activity tools that can facilitate participatory music sessions.


Course dates and timings:

  • Saturday 13 March 11.00am -1.00pm
  • Saturday 20 March 11.00am - 1.00pm

>> Course cost is £50


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