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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.

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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