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International Centre
for Community Music (ICCM)

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

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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.

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.

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Connect with us

Download our guide to find out more about the work of the International Centre for Community Music.

Read about our projects, partnerships, and events, and learn how to get involved with the Centre through your own studies.

Download booklet (PDF, 3.3MB)

Community musicians work 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 place emphasis on conversation, negotiation, collaboration, and cultural democracy.
 Professor Lee Higgins, Director of ICCM

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Symposia, conferences and resources

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Upcoming events

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Journals and publications

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International Centre for Community Music

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

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