About community music

Community music for longlasting, impactful social change

Sound Sense mission is to promote community music.  We believe that music within communities brings about positive, long lasting and life changing experiences. Community music breaks down barriers between people and cultures. It enables people to take part in social activities that builds confidence, skills and breaks down loneliness and isolation.

Community music has proven health benefits. Singing aids breathing in patients with respiratory disease and music can bring back memory function in people suffering from dementia. Music can aid speech development in stroke sufferers and it relaxes people and lifts moods. Sound Sense believes music in the community, for and by the community, is as important to society as the air we breath or the food we eat.

Sound Sense members come from all walks of life and work with people across the community, from singing in care homes, hospice care, special educational needs setting, early years music education, formal and informal music education, music technology,  work across hospitals, prisons, youth offenders, homelessness,  in mixed cultural communities, work with refugees and much much more. Our community musicians share a passion for music as a tool for change. Sound Sense practitioners have all seen first hand the magic that happens in a room, when music is allowed to mix freely with people and the changes that take place as a result of such interventions.

Music, culture and society

Big issues face today's society. The harsh economic climate of the past few years continues to affect peoples daily lives, bringing about issues of isolation, poverty and a lesser offer of opportunity. The need for an inclusive, connective society, accepting of people of different faiths, cultures and abilities is more important than ever. There has never been a greater need for creative, life long learning.

Sound Sense is proud to represent such a highly skilled and passionate workforce  of community music practitioners. Our members continues to drive the community music industry forward, creating opportunity for hard to reach individual and groups, working to upskill, confidence build and change lives across society now and for the future.

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Sound Sense Blog - message from our new Chair
28 October 2020

Hello Sound Sensers!

I’m Jess Abrams – Edinburgh-based Music Practitioner, Educator, Musician and now Chair of Sound Sense. I’m so delighted and honoured to step into the role.

Sound Sense Blog - Zoe Konez, community musician and Sound Sense board member
10 September 2019
Find out why you should consider standing for election for the Sound Sense Board of Directors
Sound Sense Blog - Siggy Patchitt, Head of the National Centre for Inclusive Excellence at Bristol Music Trust
07 November 2018
Sound Sense chair Siggy Patchitt looks out over the music education landscape
Sound Sense Blog - Tim Palmer, Head of Music Education at Trinity Laban
17 September 2018
Sound Sense board member Tim Palmer explores the common ground between diverse musical contexts
Sound Sense Blog - Jess Abrams
06 September 2018
Vocalist and community music practitioner Jess Abrams on why she became a member, and then a Board member, of Sound Sense
Sound Sense Blog - Simon Glenister, Noise Solution Ltd
04 June 2018
Sound Sense Board member, Simon Glenister, on why measuring shouldn't be an afterthought
Sound Sense Blog - Paul Weston, Laboratory Media Education
09 May 2018
Sound Sense Board member Paul Weston describes his work as a Community Musician in this Sound Sense Blog post

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