Professor Lee Higgins is the Director of the International Centre of Community Music based at York St John University, UK. As a community musician, he has worked across the education sector as well as within health settings, prison and probation service, youth and community, adult education, and arts organizations. As a presenter and guest speaker, Lee has worked on four continents in university, school, and NGO settings and was the President of International Society of Music Education (2016-2018). 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), co-author of Engagement in Community Music (2017, Routledge) and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Community Music (2018).

Contemporary Community Music: Practices, ideas, and understandings.

During this presentation, I will introduce the field of community music and locate its diverse practice as a global phenomenon. Using biographical reflection, I will place myself in the historical narrative teasing out the sentiments that appear to drive many of those that engage in its activities. From a variety of examples, I will reflect on some conceptual understandings and articulate why I think community music is important within the current music education landscape.