The Musinc partnership brings together a range of organisations from differing adult education settings to develop a pan European understanding of the job role ‘community musician’. The job title does not exist in some partner countries and there are no consistent professional community music practices or quality standards across the partnership, although some of the work undertaken by all of the partners can be described as such.
Four key ideas run through Musinc programme:
Tacking exclusion through inclusion so that people are not ‘isolated in their need’
Developing social/group work skills alongside music skills
Understanding of traditional music and its role in community identity
The intellectual outputs of Musinc partnership will ensure a shared understanding of the professional role i.e. description of skills, competencies, knowledge that a "community musician" must possess and an open resource centre that demonstrates and instructs best practice in the field of community music that will be applicable across and beyond the partnership. Through it we will develop a shared meaning of the work role and strengthen training paths for potential community musicians.
The ORAL TRADITION of which traditional folk music is an integral part is our inspiration for this project. A non-formal pedagogy and learner centred interactive methodology will be employed in both the piloting and testing of the resource materials contained in the virtual resource centre and the delivery of the case study projects. The resulting resource centre will also reflect this by providing an open framework where experienced and emerging practitioners can contribute through a constructivist learning platform.
The outputs will be achieved through management meetings, project work in each partner country, blended teaching and learning activities.