Community music
A handbook
Edited by Peter Moser and George McKay

This is a book of ideas, a catalogue of experience, a mass of personal stories, a collection of inspiring musical exercises, and a fascinating record of community music's roots and heritage.

Community musicmaking is exploding across Britain and this book will help you develop new insights into the practice of:
  • running workshops
  • making new music with people, whatever their age, culture, skill or background.

  • Rising out of a 10 year training programme organised by More Music in Morecambe this publication has drawn on the talents of many of the key players in British community music.

    An essential tool for community musicians, community arts workers, music teachers, musicians from drummers to singers, workshop leaders, people involved in activities from alternative informal) education to street performance.

    A how-to book that should have a place on the bookcase and the music stand.

    A4 wiro. 212 pages. 978-1-903855-70-6. Published 2005. £25.00.


    "Not about being a wonderful musician, but about expression and connected group work. Ideas are presented as simple and flexible... illustrated with case studies and numerous exercises to experiment with... could make musical ways of working accessible to non-musicians and would be a valuable resource for anyone looking to use non-verbal, creative modes of communication in their work. Worth taking a risk and trying an experiment or two." Community Care.

    "Offers guidance, tips, exercises and first-hand experiences about making community music, running workshops, building up relationships, group work and planning and performance... culturally diverse... a comprehensive guide to anyone who wants to explore music-making, but isn't quite sure where to start." Care & Health.

    "I read this excellent how-to book in one sitting and then went back for more... all journeys start with a first step, and Community Music provides the ideal starting point... brimming with thought provoking ideas, personal experiences, musical exercises, and useful advice... not only a practical but an inspiring book... buy it, read it and do it." Young People Now.

    "Instructive and inspiring." Sounding Board.

    "Music and song writing are great at getting people together to express themselves. Community Music is a wonderful tool for all those who wish to tap into this latent creativity. Inspirational." Billy Bragg.