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International Centre
for Community Music

A global forum through which community music research, teaching, scholarship, professional practice and pedagogy can be nurtured and developed.

In response to the global interest in creative music participation and inclusivity the ICCM aims to provide a global forum through which community music research, teaching, scholarship, professional practice and pedagogy can be nurtured, developed, disseminated and networked.

Community musicians intentionally set-out to create spaces for inclusive and participatory musical doing. This impulse comes from a belief that music making is a fundamental aspect of the human experience and is therefore an intrinsic and foundational part of human culture and society. As a perspective those that work this way do so with a commitment to musical expression as a crucible for social transformation, emancipation, empowerment, and cultural capital. As a broad approach to music education community musicians places emphasis on conversation, negotiation, collaboration, and cultural democracy. Community music is therefore an interventionist approach between a music leader or facilitator and those participants who wish to be involved.

What we do

Research: Developing collaborative partnerships to increase the body of knowledge associated to community music

Teaching and Learning: Contributing to the growth and development of community music teaching and learning locally, nationally, and internationally.

Consultancy: Bespoke consultancy for education institutions, community partnerships, charities and foundations, government agencies, and the private sector.

Our team

The International Centre for Community Music is led by Professor Lee Higgins. 

Staff working within the Centre include:

  • Professor Andrea Creech
  • Alicia de Banffy-Hall
  • Dr Jennie Henley
  • Dr Lee Willingham
  • Dr Robert Wilsmore
  • Dr Michael Bonshor
  • Catherine Birch
  • Ruth Currie
  • Jo Gibson
  • Tony Brindle
  • Sarah Fisher

Visiting professors and scholars:

  • Stephen Clift
  • Kathryn Deane

Our projects, partnerships and publications

Our projects

Find out more about our ongoing work within the Centre.

Our partnerships

Discover our links and partnerships with local and international organisations.

Research publications

Explore selected publications from Centre staff, visiting professors and scholars.

Get in touch

International Centre for Community Music

York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk, York YO31 7EX

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01904 876 806

Professor Lee Higgins,
Director of the International Centre for Community Music

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