WHAT IS A COMMUNITY MUSICIAN?
This project aims to provide a framework for developing best practice within the job role ‘Community Musician’.
When we wrote the proposal we illustrated the job role thus:
Community musicians are musicians who work with individuals or groups to make music. They can function as a cross between community development workers and music tutors. Their work may be wholly based around developing musical ability. Community musicians also have a responsibility to achieve social goals through musical activity. https://ccskills.org.uk/careers/advice/article/community-musician
Through this project we have tested the job role in a variety of situations, and our partners have identified some core skills required.
We have come to the realisation that the job is wider than promoting ‘musical inclusion’, which could mean allowing anyone who wants to participate in music making, which is in itself a valuable aim, but we felt the Community Musician could be more proactive through:
- Promoting social inclusion, community cohesion and intergenerational collaboration
- Achieving health and well-being outcomes for particular groups of people
- Raising the self-esteem of particular ethnic or minority groups through a celebration of their own music, culture and skills.
Elsewhere on this site you can read about the different situations we set ourselves in the Sample Projects area, and we have developed a way of evaluating each other’s work through a Quality Framework. We have also made a special study of the role of Traditional Folklore Music in this context.
Preparing for the job role ‘Community Musician’
There is no fixed definition of the job role Community Musician, and you can read some suggestions from the partners of the project below.
Take some time to identify in which areas would you need additional training in before you tried to do any work in this area?
Think about which skills you will need to learn or revise.
Volunteer with an experienced Community Musician near you – find out who they are
- Look for any training courses local to you.
- In UK there is a course CME: (Certificate of Music Educator) which takes you through the things you need to know and understand to work with young people. Find out more here: http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/site/?id=2988
- Co-ordinator of MusInc Wren Music is a CME Centre and runs the course each year.
- Musical skills
- You may want to find additional repertoire that helps your participant group engage with music making. For example, working with young children may require different material than working in a prison or old peoples home.
- But: Be true to yourself, your enthusiasm for your instrument or genre will help engage people.
- Learn how to adapt your teaching for a range of abilities
- Group work and people skills
- Find out about group work and how to manage groups of people
- Learn about working with vulnerable people and safeguarding
- Learn about working with diverse groups of people
Find organisations that can help you:
- International Federation of Musicians: FIM: https://www.fim-musicians.org/about-fim/membership/:
- The Musicians Union: works for musicians giving advice on contracts and career advice as well as proving legal and insurance services https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/
- Latvian Federation of Cultural Workers Trade Union (abbreviated as LKDAF ) is a voluntary, independent public organization that brings together, on an equal footing, cultural workers from different professions.: http://lkdaf.lv/
- Sindacato Lavoratori Comunicazione: SLC CGIL: http://www.slc-cgil.it/
- Magyar Zenemüvészek és Tancmüvészek Szakszervezete: MZTSZ: http://www.mztsz.hu/web/guest/szervezet
- FAIR Media Sind: http://www.mediasind.ro/
- Sound Sense a membership organisation for community musicians: https://www.soundsense.org/