Community music is an interdisciplinary field of study that draws on multiple genres and performance practices for musical, social, therapeutic, and cultural ends. The Diploma in Community Music Leadership is a one-year program for music educators and musicians in community music-making in places such as schools, community organizations, seniors' residences, or places of worship who wish to expand their knowledge and skills.
The Graduate Diploma in Community Music Leadership blends face-to-face modes of learning and online learning technology. The program may be taken full-time (requiring a year to complete) or part-time.
• Required Course One: Introduction to Community Music
This course introduces the student to foundations and issues in the field of Community Music informed by current research.
• Required Course Two: Research Methods in Music Education
This course equips the student to conduct research informed by a conceptual and methodological competence in scholarly enquiry.
• Required Course Three: Community Music: Collaborative Leadership
This interactive course is designed to develop initial observation, evaluation, communication and teaching techniques and skills necessary for work in community music. While musical competencies are assumed, this course provides further musical work in ensemble skills, basic conducting, ensemble percussion work, composition, arranging, improvisation, and songwriting.
• Course Four: Elective Course
Students have the opportunity to select a graduate course in music education, popular music, media studies or other disciplines streams that are offered through Western's Don Wright Faculty of Music.
• Required Course Five: Applied Collaborative Leadership
This course is a year-long action-research practicum with interactive components over the course of two semesters. This action-research practicum allows the student to participate, observe, and reflect on structures, systems, logistics, and funding of actual community music programs. The course culminates in a final plan for project management and development.
Dr. Kari Veblen
Department of Music Education
(519) 661-2111, x85383
Graduate Program Assistant
(519) 661-2111, x85354