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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to music in the community as forms of social practice—music therapy, music performance residencies and teaching artists, school outreach and community music-making. By fostering an understanding of the theoretical and practical bases out of which music in the community has emerged, the unit provides students with practical experiences that develop a repertoire of reflective practitioner skills for engagement in community music practices. Key questions to be explored include—What are the foundations of the community music movement? What processes are involved in producing musical activities for community music goals? What skills and understandings need to be developed by musicians practicing in various community settings? What are the therapeutic functions and applications of music? How do these processes operate? How can music assist in improving health and wellbeing?

This is an elective unit offered in the Bachelor of Music and across a selection of music majors and in the Bachelor of Arts degree. It is also open to students enrolled in other majors and degree pathways who fulfil the prerequisites and who have an interest in music.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) apply principles and concepts of community music for the range of social, cultural, therapeutic and medical benefits that underlie the work; (2) articulate some of the main lines of enquiry and practice within the discipline across a range of contexts; (3) explain how advances in knowledge have affected an understanding of music and its role over time; (4) demonstrate a practical understanding of music in the community using skills acquired in workshops; and (5) apply generic research and critical skills to enable successful tertiary study and patterns of lifelong learning.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentation; (2) essay; and (3) practicum. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Paul de Cinque
Unit rules
any Level 2 MUSC unit
MUSC2010 Music in the Community
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.