Presented by Dr Brydie-Leigh Bartleet
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

Abstract
Community music plays a significant role in many Australian communities. It provides an important
point of ‘common ground’ for people who are sometimes isolated due to vast geographical distances. In particular, these music activities offer a means for people to express a shared sense of community identity and culture. Over the past two years, the Australia Research Council funded project Sound Links has researched the dynamics of community music in Australia, and the models it represents for music learning and teaching in formal and informal settings. Through a close examination of six
diverse case studies, and a nation-wide online survey, Sound Links has uncovered a revealing picture of
musical activity, which up until now has hardly been visible outside the circles of its participants. This
lecture gives a global overview of the Sound Links research findings, drawing on significant insights and stories from the case studies. In doing so, it explores the notion of ‘music as common ground’, and the powerful role it can play in creating a sense of social inclusion in such settings.

When: Thursday November 25, 2010 at 5.45pm
Where: Nickson Room Zelman Cowen Building
University of Queensland, St Lucia

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