Professor Lee Higgins

Professor Lee Higgins is the Director of the International Centre of Community Music based at York St John University, UK and is the President of International Society of Music Education (2016 - 2018). 

He has held previously positions at Boston University, USA, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, UK and the University of Limerick, Ireland. Lee has been a visiting professor at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany and Westminster Choir College, Princeton, USA. He received his PhD from the Irish Academy of Music and Dance, Ireland.

As a community musician he has worked across the education sector as well as within health settings, prison and probation service, youth and community, and orchestra outreach.

As a presenter and guest speaker, Lee has worked on four continents in university, school, and NGO settings. He is the Senior Editor for the International Journal of Community Music and was author of Community Music: In Theory and in Practice (2012, Oxford University Press).

Research

Books

  • Higgins, L., & Willingham, L. (Due 2017). Community Music Engagement. New York: Routledge.
  • Bartleet, B.-L., & Higgins, L. (Eds.). (Due 2017). The Oxford Handbook of Community Music. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Higgins, L. (2012). Community Music: In Theory and in Practice. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Higgins, L., & Campbell, P. S. (2010). Free to be Musical: Group Improvisation in Music. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Higgins, L. (1995). Samba Drumming: A handbook for teachers. Norwich: Norfolk Educational Press.

Book Chapters

  • Howell, G., Higgins, L., & Bartleet, B.-L. (Due 2016). Community Music Practice: Intervention Through Facilitation. In R. Mantie & G. D. Smith (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music and Leisure. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Higgins, L., with contributions from Akuno, E. A., Bartleet, B.-L., Chong, E., Chrysostomou, S., DeVito, D., . . . Schmidt, P. (2016). International Coorporation in Music Teaching and Learning: Perspectives from the International Society of Music Education. In T. De Baets, G. Sammer, & A. d. Vugt (Eds.), European Perspectives on Music Education: International Cooperation (Vol. 5, pp. 117-128). Esslingen, Germany Helbling Verlag.
  • Higgins, L. (2016). My Voice is Important Too: Non-formal music experiences and young people. In G. McPherson (Ed.), The Child as Musician (2nd ed.). (pp. 594-605) New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Higgins, L. (2015). Hospitable Music Making Community Music as a Site for Social Justice. In C. Benedict, P. Schmidt, G. Spruce & P. G. Woodford (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice and Music Education. (pp. 446 – 455) New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Campbell, P. S., & Higgins, L. (2015). Intersections between ethnomusicology, music education, and community music. In S. Pettan & J. T. Titon (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Applied Ethnomusicology (pp. 638-667). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Campbell, P. S., & Higgins, L. (2015). Ideas for Instrumental Music Making. In S. L. Burton & A. H. Snell (Eds.), Engaging Music Practices: A Sourcebook for Instrumental Music (pp. 145-162). Lanham: Roman and Littlefield Education.
  • Higgins, L. (2012). The Community in Community Music. In G. McPherson & G. F. Welch (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Education (Vol. 2, pp. 104-119). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Higgins, L., & Bartleet, B.-L. (2012). The Community Music Facilitator and School Music Education. In G. McPherson & G. F. Welch (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Education (Vol. 1, pp. 495-511). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Coffman, D., & Higgins, L. (2012). Community Music Ensembles. In G. McPherson & G. F. Welch (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Education (Vol. 1, pp. 844-859). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Higgins, L., & Abrahams, F. (2010). Making the Grade: Assessing Preservice Teachers and Facilitators for School and Community Music Programs. In T. S. Brophy (Ed.), The Practice of Assessment in Music Education: Frameworks, Models, and Designs (pp. 485-496). Chicago: GIA Publications.

Articles

  • Mantie, R., & Higgins, L. (2015). Paideia con Salsa: Charles Keil, Groovology, and the Undergraduate Music Curriculum. Symposium, 55. doi:ttp://dx.doi.org/10.18177/sym.2015.55.fr.10885
  • Higgins, L., & Mantie, R. (2013). Improvisation as Ability, Culture, and Experience. Music Education Journal, 100(2), 38-44.
  • Higgins, L. (2013). Музыка сообществ Music in School (August).
  • Higgins, L. (2013). Musica Comunitaria: Facilitadores, Participantes y Amistad. Revista Internacional de Educación Musical, 1(1), 53-59.
  • Higgins, L. (2012). One-to-One Encounters: Facilitators, Participants, and Friendship. Theory into Practice, 51(3), 159-166.
  • Higgins, L. (2012). Diciamo "si" All'Imrovvisazione. Esperienze di educazione musicale nella scola (Let’s Say “Yes” To Improvisation: School Music Education And Improvisation As Experience). Quederni della Society of Italian Music Education, 28-47.
  • Higgins, L. (2010). 成长、路径与根基:英国的社区音乐 (Growth, pathways and groundwork: Community music in the United Kingdom). International Journal of Community Music, The Many Ways of Community Music: IJCM's Chinese Supplement, 81-94.
  • Higgins, L. (2010). Representing Practice: Community music and arts-based research. In D. Coffman (Ed.), Harmonizing the Diversity that is Community Music Activity: Proceedings from the International Society for Music Education (ISME) 2010 Seminar of the Commission for Community Music Activity (pp. 103-109). Hangzhou, China: The Open University of China.
  • Higgins, L. (2010). Representação de prática: música na comunidade e pesquisa baseada nas artes. Revista de Associação Brasileira de Educação Musical., 27, 7-14.
  • Higgins, L. (2008). The creative music workshop: event, facilitation, gift. International Journal of Music Education, 26(4), 326-338.
  • Higgins, L. (2008). Growth, pathways and groundwork: Community music in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Community Music, 1(1), 23-37.
  • Higgins, L. (2008). Community Music and the Welcome. International Journal of Community Music, 1(3), 391-400.
  • Higgins, L. (2007). Acts of hospitality: the community in Community Music. Music Education Research, 9(2), 281-291.
  • Higgins, L. (2007). The Impossible Future. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, 6(3), 74-96.
  • Higgins, L. (2007). Safety without Safety: Participation, the workshop, and the welcome. Musiké: The International Journal of Ethnomusicological Studies, 3(Networks and Islands, World Music & Dance Education).
  • Higgins, L. (2006). Community Music in Action, The Peterborough Community Samba Band: An Ethnographic Study. International Society of Music Education, 538-553.
  • Higgins, L. (2006). The Community in Community Music: Hospitality – Friendship. In D. Coffman & L. Higgins (Eds.), Creating Partnerships, Making Links, and Promoting Change: Proceedings from the 2006 Seminar of the Commission for the Commission for Community Music Activity (pp. 2-19).
  • Higgins, L. (2002). Towards community music conceptualisations.
  • Higgins, L., & Ross, G. (2000). ConCussion: A Synthesis of Old and New Technologies. Music Education Research, 2(1), 87-93.
  • Higgins, L. (2000). Community Music and New Technology. In M. Taylor & B. Gregory (Eds.), Music of the Spheres: Conference Proceedings (pp. 183-198). Edmonton, Canada: ISME. Higgins, L. (1998).
  • Carnival Street Drumming: The Development and Survival of Community Percussion Ensembles in the UK. In C. Van Niekerk (Ed.), Proceedings. Pretoria, South Africa: ISME.
  • Higgins, L. (1986). Impressions of Monet. Classical Guitar, 4, 33-34.

Edited Proceedings

  • Higgins, L. (2016). Community Music as Cultural Capital: Non-formal Music Experiences and Young People. Muzed Regional Conference: Music, Culture & Education on the Silk Road, Istanbul, Turkey, Sevda - Canap and Muzik Vakfi.
  • Coffman, D., & Higgins, L. (Eds.). (2006). Creating Partnerships, Making Links, and Promoting Change: Proceedings from the 2006 Seminar of the Commission for the Commission for Community Music Activity. Singapore: ISME.
  • Higgins, L. (Ed.). (2000). Community Music and New Technology: Conference Report and Reflections. Liverpool: Mimic.

Foreward & Book Reviews

Foreward

  • Higgins, L. (2013). Foreword. In K. K. Veblen, S. J. Messenger, M. Silverman & D. J. Elliott (Eds.), Community Music Today. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

 

Book Review

  • Higgins, L. (2014). I Drum Therefore I Am: Being and Becoming a Drummer. Music Education Research. (Book Review)
  • Higgins, L. (2012). Where music helps: community music therapy in action and
    reflection. Music Education Research, 14(1), 120-122.