Professor Lee Higgins

Director: International Centre for Community Music (ICCM)

School of Performance & Media Production

E: l.higgins@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876806

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I am the Director of the International Centre of Community Music based at York St John University, York, UK.

I have 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.

I received my PhD from the Irish Academy of Music and Dance, Ireland and is the President of International Society of Music Education (2016-2018).

As a community musician, I have worked across the education sector as well as within health settings, prison and probation service, youth and community, adult education, and arts organisations such as orchestras and dance.

As a presenter and guest speaker, I have worked on four continents in university, school, and NGO settings. I am 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), co-author of Engagement in Community Music (2017, Routledge) and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Community Music (2017).

Further Information

Publications and Papers

Books

Bartleet, B.-L., & Higgins, L. (Eds.). (2018). The Oxford Handbook of Community Music. New York: Oxford University Press.

Higgins, L., & Willingham, L. (2017). Engagement in Community Music: An introduction. 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. (out of print) 

Book Chapters

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.

Bartleet, B.-L., & Higgins, L. (2018). Introduction: An Overview of Community Music in the Twenty-First Century. In B.-L. Bartleet & L. Higgins (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Community Music (pp. 1-20). 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. (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. 

Howell, G., Higgins, L., & Bartleet, B.-L. (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

de Bánffy-Hall, A., Higgins, L., & Kellmeyer, T. (2017). Community Music meets Stadttheater. Theater der Zeit(26), 140-142.

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

Mantie, R., & Higgins, L. (2015). Paideia con Salsa: Charles Keil, Groovology, and the Undergraduate Music Curriculum. Symposium, 55.

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 (Russian Translation)

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.

Higins, 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 Orchestras and Community Music: Working Together Towards a Dynamic Future The International Community Orchestra Forum (pp. 39-56). Seoul, Korea: Sejong  Center of Performing Arts.

Higgins, L. (2016). Community Music as Cultural Capital: Non-formal Music Experiences and Young People. . Paper presented at the Muzed Regional Conference: Music, Culture & Education on the Silk Road, Istanbul, Turkey.

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.

Editorials and Reviews

Higgins, L (2016). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, 9(2), 119-120

Higgins, L (2016). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, 9(3), 219-221

Higgins, L. (2015). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, 8(2), 127-129

Higgins, L (2015). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, 8(3), 215-216

Higgins, L. (2014). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, 7(3), 295-297

Higgins, L. (2013). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, 6(1), 3-5.

Higgins, L. (2013). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, 6(3), 259-261

Higgins, L. (2012). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, 5(2), 109-110.

Higgins, L. (2011). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, 4(1), 3-5.

Higgins, L. (2011). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, 4(2), 75-78.

Higgins, L. (2011). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, 4(3), 203-205.

Higgins, L. (2010). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, 3(2), 161-164.

Higgins, L. (2010). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, The Many Ways of Community Music: IJCM's Chinese Supplement, 7-9.

Higgins, L. (2010). 编序. International Journal of Community Music, The Many Ways of Community Music: IJCM's Chinese Supplement, 3-5.

Higgins, L. (2009). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, 2(2&3), 105-107.

Elliott, D. J., Higgins, L., & Veblen, K. (2008). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, 1(1), 3-4.

Higgins, L. (2008). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, 1(2) 139-141.

Higgins, L. (2008). Editorial. International Journal of Community Music, 1(3), 297-298.

Foreword

Higgins, L. (2017). Presentazione. In A. Coppi (Ed.), Community Music: Nuovi orientamenti pedagogici (pp. 11-16). Milano: FrancoAngeli.

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.

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