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MUSI2141 Music in the Community with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Module Overview

This innovative module, developed in close collaboration with the BSO Participate Team, will allow you to develop a range of skills and experience in community music practice. You will undertake training with BSO Associates and members of the BSO Participate Team in how to develop and run music workshops and manage the administration of public music events. The culmination of the module will be a Community Music Day which you will collectively lead, organise, market and run. You will document what you have learnt through a presentation and portfolio. The latter will document and provides critical reflection on the Community Music event, including a reflective learning diary that details your involvement in the planning of the day and the day itself. A minimum of 15 students are required to run the module and there is a cap of 30 students with level 6 students having priority over level 5 students. 'Community Music with BSO' is offered as a free elective but your participation is subject to approval by the module lead as you must have some previous experience in performing and/or creating music (in any style or genre). You may be required to undertake an interview-audition in order to demonstrate your suitability. We cannot guarantee all students will be able to take the module within the timetabling constraints.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The importance and context of 'Music in the Community'
  • A range of ways of designing and running music workshops in community settings
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Research and apply a range of music workshop techniques and approaches to develop workshops for diverse groups of people
  • Critically reflect on your community music practice and contribution to group projects
  • Design and complete a programme of arts administration tasks
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Gather, analyse and evaluate feedback
  • Demonstrate communication skills appropriate to your intended audience


A series of topics will be presented over the module, each exploring approaches to working in community settings with music. Examples of topics that may be explored include: - The role of music in the community - An Orchestra in the Community - Workshop styles - Developing workshop activities - Techniques for working with different groups of people - Maximising creative music making - Event management - Event marketing - Evaluation

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: - Lectures - Workshops - Group Meetings - Tutorials - Mentoring Learning activities include: - Individual study - Small and large group work - Organising a community music event(s) - Presentation - Library research - Online research - Q&A with Music in the Community practitioners

Assessment tasks30
Practical classes and workshops21
Independent Study18
Wider reading or practice20
Supervised time in studio/workshop6
Preparation for scheduled sessions46
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Lee Higgins & Lee Willingham (2017). Engaging in Community Music: An Introduction. 

Brydie-Leigh Bartleet & Lee Higgins (2018). The Oxford Handbook of Community Music. 

Lee Higgins (2012). Community Music: In Theory and In Practice. 

Pete Moser & George McKay (2005). Community Music: A Handbook. 



Group work


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Presentation  (7 minutes) 30%
Portfolio of Learning  (3000 words) 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (5000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (5000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Equipment and Materials

Stationery to create resources for the community music day (estimated £10)

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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