Community music practice with adults

Don Coffman

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3 Scopus citations


This chapter examines three approaches to teaching and learning that resonate with community music principles and that can help inform the theoretical bases for community music practice, because there are similarities between the facilitating behaviours of community musicians and the teaching behaviours of educators. Specifically, this chapter portrays a continuum of viewpoints about guiding others—pedagogy, andragogy, and heutagogy—and illustrates how aspects of each approach can be applied to community music practice. These approaches range from authoritarian ideas that are teacher-centred and learner-dependent to more autonomous ideas that embrace learner-centred and self-directed learning. The New Horizons Band of Iowa City, Iowa, in the United States, is presented as an illustration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Community Music
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780190219505
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Andragogy
  • Ccapability theoryommunity music
  • Dults
  • Heutagogy
  • Pedagogy
  • Self-determined learning
  • Self-directed learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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