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Transform: New voices in community music research

Transform is an open-access, online, peer-refereed journal for emerging scholars working in the field of community music.

Flowing from the organized and curated by the ICCM, students and early career researchers make-up the editorial and production team. Transform provides its collaborators with a 360º experience of the scholarly publication process.

The inaugural issue of Transform: New voices in community music research was published in November 2018.



  • Higgins, L. (In Press, 2024). Thinking Community Music. Oxford University Press.
  • Higgins, L., & Gibson, S. J. (Eds.). (In Press, 2024). Ethno Music Gatherings: Pedagogy, Experience, Impact. Intellect.
  • Birch, C., Clift, S., Currie, R., Dawson, W. (2024). Singing, Identity and Wellbeing. In Morgan-Ellis, E. & Norton, K. (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Community Singing. Oxford University Press.
  • McAteer, N., & Wells, R. (In Press). Community Music and its Political Imperative: Music making and the struggle for social justice. In J. Nichols (Ed.), The Sage Handbook on School Music Education. Sage.
  • Gibson, S (In Press) - ‘Experience, understanding and intercultural competence: The Ethno Programme’ in Teaching Music Performance in Higher Education: exploring the potential of artistic research, edited by Jorge Salgado Correia, Gilvano Dalagna, Helen Julia Minors and Stefan Ostersjo, OpenBook Publishers.


  • Gibson, S.-J. (2023). Building Community Choirs in the Twenty-First Century: Re-imagining Identity through Singing in Northern Ireland. Intellect.
  • Gibson, S. J., & Higgins, L. (2023). Intersections between Grassroots Choral Music Practice and Community Music Principles in Northern Irish Community Choirs. In C. Dromey (Ed.), Companion to Applied Musicology. Routledge.


  • Birch, C. (2022). Hidden voices: Towards a trauma-informed framework of community music practice. International Journal of Community Music, 15(1), 143-164. DOI: 10.1386/ijcm_00055_1
  • Humphrey, R. (2022). Working musically with care-experienced children and their families in the early years. British Journal of Music Education,39(3), 302-313. doi:10.1017/S026505172200033X
  • Birch, C. (2022). The Use of Trauma-Informed Community Music Practice in Enabling Narrative Through Song Writing. In Griffin, S. and Niknafs, N. (Eds.),Traumas Resisted and (Re)Engaged: Inquiring into Lost and Found Narratives in Music Education. Springer. (In press)
  • Gibson, S. J., Higgins, L., & Schippers, H. (2022). Understanding the Magic of Ethno: Key Findings of Ethno Research 2019-2022.


  • Birch, C. (2021). Voices from the Inside: Working with the Hidden Trauma Narratives of Women in Custody. In Bradley, D. and Hess, J. (eds), Trauma and Resilience in Music Education: Haunted Melodies. New York: Routledge
  • Gibson, S. (2021) ‘Shifting from Offline to Online Collaborative Music-Making, Teaching and Learning: Perceptions of Ethno-World Music Mentors’. Music Education Research.
  • Humphrey, R (2021). Digital Music-making with children in the care system. Sounding Board: 2021/2022 (1)
  • Humphrey, R (2021). Delving Deeper into the discourse. How concepts of ownership, empowerment and transformation are central to community music practice. Sounding Board: 2020/21 (4)
  • Currie, R., Chalcraft, J., Boswall, K., Gottesman, S., & Higgins, L. (2021). An evaluation of the design, development and direction of MOVE.
  • Gibson, S, and Higgins, L. (2021). The Ethno Hope Sessions: Sustaining intercultural musical exchange during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Music, Health and Wellbeing (Autumn 2021). Available online.


  • Ethno Research: Pilot Reports 2019 (2020).
  • Currie, R., Higgins, M., Brindle, T., & Clift, S. (2020). Singing for Health in Morecambe.
  • Higgins, L. (2020). Rethinking Community in Community Music: The Call, the Welcome, and the 'Yes’. In B. Jansen (Ed.), Rethinking Community through Transdisciplinary Research (pp. 231- 246). Switzerland: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Higgins, L. (2020). Note 57: Hospitable approaches to community music scholarship. International Journal of Community Music, 13(3).
  • Higgins, L. (2020). Fußnote 57 – Gastfreundschaft als Denkansatz für die Community Music-Forschung Zeitschrift Diskussion Musikpädagogik(87), 11-17.
  • Humphrey, R (2020). Examining the developing Discourse in community music. Transform: Student Led Community Music Journal: 2 (1)
  • Humphrey, R (2020). Social Pedagogy, Music Making and Looked After Children. International Journal of Social Pedagogy
  • Birch, C., & Higgins, L. (2020). Qui sarai sempre il benvenuto: Welcome, willkommen, добро, velkommen, пожаловать, 欢迎, ترحيب. In A. Coppi (Ed.), Donare-Donarsi: Relazioni, interdipendeze e inclusione nella pedagogia della Community Music (pp. 93-106). Lucca: Libreria Musicale Italiana.
  • Birch, C. (2020), Emerging Voices: Working with Women in the UK Criminal Justice System. Transform-New Voices in Community Music, Issue 2, December 2020, pp.15-38. Available:
  • Mosley, P., Higgins, L., Lugo-Ocando, J., & Antonella, C. (2020). Musica e inclusione sociale: proposte di ricerca. In A. Coppi (Ed.), Donare-Donarsi: Relazioni, interdipendeze e inclusione nella pedagogia della Community Music (pp. 49-62). Lucca: Libreria Musicale Italiana.
  • Higgins, L. (2020). Improvisation as experience in music education: Context and ideas. In K. S. Astuti, G. McPherson, B. Sugeng, N. Kurniasari, C. Drake, Ashadi, E. Retnowati, & A. C. Pierewan (Eds.), 21st Century Innovation in Music Education (pp. 1-8). London: Routledge.
  • Mosley, P., Achieng, E., del Cassale, M. A., Coppi, A., Heyes, N.-K., & Higgins, L. (2021). Collective music-making as ‘asset-based social policy’: a pilot study. Sheffield Economic Research Paper Series (March 2021).
  • Henley, J., & Higgins, L. (2020). Redefining Excellence and Inclusion. International Journal of Community Music, 13(2).
  • Birch, C. (2020). Reflexivity in Practice. Sounding Board, the journal of community music, Issue 1. Leicester: 


  • Currie, R., & Higgins, L. (2019). From Problem to Progression: [Re}conceptualizing a Young People's Music Program in the UK. In B. Kaufman & L. Scripp (Eds.), Music Learning as Youth Development (pp. 95 - 112). New York: Routledge.
  • Campbell, P. S., & Higgins, L. (2019). Intersections between ethnomusicology, music education, and community music. In S. Pettan & J. T. Titon (Eds.), Public Ethnomusicology, Education, Archives and Commerce (pp. 156-188). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Higgins, L. (2019). Community Music: In Theory and in Practice (Korean Translation). New York: Oxford University Press.


  • Bartleet, B.-L., & Higgins, L. (Eds.). (2018). The Oxford Handbook of Community Music. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Coffman, D., & Higgins, L. (2018). Community Music Ensembles. In G. McPherson & G. F. Welch (Eds.), Vocal, Instrumental, and Ensemble Learning and Teaching: An Oxford Handbook of Music Education (Vol. 3, pp. 301-316). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Higgins, L. (2018). The Community in Community Music. In G. McPherson & G. F. Welch (Eds.), Special Needs, Community Music, and Adult Learning: An Oxford Handbook of Music Education (Vol. 4, pp. 104-119). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Higgins, L., & Bartleet, B.-L. (2018). The Community Music Facilitator and School Music Education. In G. McPherson & G. F. Welch (Eds.), Teaching in Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence: An Oxford Handbook of Music Education (Vol. 2, pp. 277-294). New York: Oxford University Press.


  • Higgins, L., & Willingham, L. (2017). Engagement in Community Music: An introduction. New York: Routledge.
  • Higgins, L. (2017). Community Music verstechen - Theorie ans Praxis. In B. Hill & A. d. Banffy-Hall (Eds.), Community Music - Beiträge zur Theorie und Praxis aus internationaler und deutscher Perspektive (pp. 45-61). Waxmann: Münster.
  • de Bánffy-Hall, A., Higgins, L., & Kellmeyer, T. (2017). Community Music meets Stadttheater. Theater der Zeit(26), 140-142.


  • 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.
  • 히긴스, 리. (2016) 세계 생활예술오케스트라 포럼 발표집. (Korean translation: Community Orchestras and Community Music: Working Together Towards a Dynamic Future). 서울. 세종문화회관.


  • 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 (Ed.), Applied Ethnomusicology. (pp. 638-688). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Higgins, L., & Campbell, P. S. (2015). Ideas for Instrumental Music Making. In S. L. Burton & A. H. Snell (Eds.), Engaging Music Practices: A sourcebook for Instrumental Music. Lanham: Roman and Littlefield Education.
  • Mantie, R., & Higgins, L. (2015). Paideia con Salsa: Charles Keil, Groovology, and the Undergraduate Music Curriculum. Symposium, 55.