1st Edition

Music and Social Inclusion International Research and Practice in Complex Settings

Edited By Oscar Odena Copyright 2023
    290 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    290 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    How do we develop social inclusion through musical activities? What is the power of music in enhancing individual inclusion, group cohesion, and cross-community work in post-conflict environments? How can we investigate social music programmes and interventions? This comprehensive volume offers new research on these questions by an international team of experts from the fields of music education, music psychology, ethnomusicology, and community music. The book celebrates the rich diversity of ways in which learners of all ages participate in social music projects in complex settings. Contributions focus broadly on musical and social processes, considering its conceptualisation and practices in a number of contexts. The authors examine how social music projects can be fostered in complex settings, drawing examples from schools and community settings. These critical chapters will inspire readers to think deeply about social music interventions and their development. The book will be of crucial interest to educators, policymakers, researchers, and students, as it draws on applied research from across 14 countries, of which ten are in the Global South.


    Part I – Foundations

    Chapter 1 – Exploring the order and disjuncture of music projects in places affected by war, Gillian Howell

    Chapter 2 – A model for developing music and music education activities for social cohesion in complex settings, Oscar Odena

    Part II – Cross-community environments

    Chapter 3 – ‘I just feel I belong here’: homeless choirs and singing groups in the UK and Brazil, Shelly Coyne and Raymond MacDonald

    Chapter 4 – ‘Participatory songwriting’ as process/narrative: insights from a community music project with diverse communities in the North East of England, Sam Slatcher

    Chapter 5 – Playlists, connection, and Covid: making sense of lockdown and loss with songs in Mexico City and Glasgow, Valeria Gascón

    Chapter 6 – What are the landmarks in a community music project? The case of the Kithara project, Daniel Mateos-Moreno

    Chapter 7 – The impact of music education in social projects: two cases in South Brazil, Sergio Figueiredo and Oscar Odena

    Chapter 8 – Crescendo: using a music education programme to improve social outcomes in disadvantaged communities, Conneth Poland, Liam O’Hare, and Leeanne O’Hara

    Chapter 9 – Does the 21st-century music curriculum enable Northern Ireland’s children sing each other’s songs?, Jenny Scharf and Oscar Odena

    Chapter 10 – There is no global justice without global cognitive justice: envisioning music education through the ecology of knowledges in the context of Mexico, Héctor Vázquez-Córdoba

    Part III – Conflict and post-conflict environments

    Chapter 11 – The art of positive fatalism, Lukas Pairon

    Chapter 12 – Arts for peace education in Chihuahua, Mexico: efforts, outcomes, and challenges of two community music programmes, Patricia A. González-Moreno and Rubén Carrillo

    Chapter 13 – Conflict transformation, scalability, and the non-governmental ear in a hip-hop social project in Iztapalapa, Mexico City, Andrew Green

    Chapter 14 – Expedición Sensorial programme: transformations in the role of cultural policies in peacebuilding in Colombia, Andrea Rodríguez-Sánchez and Gloria Zapata-Restrepo

    Chapter 15 – Using sound ethnography to study a social music programme in Colombia, Andrea Rodríguez-Sánchez, Oscar Odena, and Alberto Cabedo-Mas

    Chapter 16 – Every voice counts: the Listening Guide Method as a methodology to analyse musical and political identities of FARC ex-combatant musicians, Santiago Niño Morales and Raymond Macdonald

    Afterword: beyond social inclusion, Geoff Baker


    Oscar Odena is Professor of Education at the School of Education and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, UK. His areas of expertise comprise qualitative research approaches, inclusion, creativity, and music education. He has authored over 80 papers, and his monograph Musical Creativity Revisited was published by Routledge in 2018. He has been Principal Investigator in four projects on the role of the arts for inclusion and social cohesion. He serves on the boards of leading journals and the review colleges of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and Irish Research Council.

    ‘A scholarly collection by talented academic researchers intended to stimulate discussion within the field…for socially minded music educators, the volume is not only informative but inspirational. [With an] incredible diversity of programs studied, serving a wide range of ages, ethnicities, socio-economic classes and political contexts, Music and Social Inclusion stands as a good manual for anyone interested in conscientiously building or developing a social music program of their own.’  

    American Music Teacher

    ‘Authored by experts in the fields of music, sociology, psychology and education, delving into the multifaceted dimensions of how music can bridge gaps, break barriers and create spaces for cohesion within diverse and intricate societal frameworks…Odena sets the agenda by interrogating the power of music in enhancing social inclusion…Coyne and MacDonald explore homelessness and choral signing as a place of sanctuary. Mateos-Moreno provides a very interesting and scholarly interrogation of landmarks of a community music project…There is much to ponder in this edited volume [which] illustrates the symbiosis between practice and research…Educators, policy-makers, researchers and of course students will be encouraged to think critically about their own study and practice.’ 

    International Journal of Community Music