Community Music Student Research Symposium 2017

'It ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it...' 

November 20 - November 21, 2017


The International Centre for Community Music (ICCM) at York St John University in partnership with Sound Sense will host the third annual Community Music Student Research Symposium on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 November 2017 in York, UK. In response to last year’s feedback, we are delighted to announce that this year’s symposium will be a two-day event. Through creating greater space for discussion and networking the symposium will provide a focused environment for students currently or recently engaged in community music research.

See Presenter Abstracts (PDF, 1 MB)


We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker,

Alicia de Bánffy-Hall

I am a community musician with over ten years' experience in research, consulting on creative learning and community music and movement work. 

After 10 years of working as a community musician in the Liverpool I moved to Germany and there I have worked with the Department of Arts Education of the City of Munich on developing a professional development program for community artists and for the Munich Philharmonic Orchestras' education department on developing and leading their first community music program.
I have lectured at Manchester Metropolitan University, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Universität Hildesheim, Katholische Stiftungsfachhochschule Benediktbeuern and the Züricher University of the Arts and have worked with the University of Chester and student teachers on creative learning projects. I have also given training to teachers so they can include music and movement in their teaching. To support this work, I have developed a music resource pack.
Since December 2016 I work as a lecturer at the department of music education for the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt on the first MA in inclusive music education/community music in Germany.
I have a BA Performing Arts/Community Music and a MSc in Arts and Cultural Management and I am currently working on my PhD in music education (Title: The development of community music in Munich: in theory and practice), and have received a PhD scholarship by the Bavarian State Ministry of Culture and Education.

Key Points

When, Where & How Much?

Symposium dates:

Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 November 2017

Event timings:

Monday 20th November  
13.00 Event Registration
18.00 End of Day
19.00 Social/Dinner (optional - not included in symposium fee)
Tuesday 21st November  
09.30 Welcome to day 2
16.00 Event ends


York Hilton Hotel


Symposium fee:

£40 (includes refreshments, lunch provided on 2nd day)

Submit an Abstract

Abstract submission deadline:

Sunday 2 July 2017


Send submissions to:


Notification of inclusion:

Friday 21 July 2017





For further information email Jo Gibson and Ruth Currie: