Community Music Victoria believes that everyone has the need, right and capacity to make music
Making music together can be a fantastically joyful experience with profound potential to enhance many individual and community capacities. Society should actively encourage, facilitate and promote music-making among its citizens and their children because:
- making music together is the foundation of social connection.
- music carries our culture - our memories, stories, identities, values and hopes.
- when people lose their music they lose their voice, and often their sense of connection to the society in which they live.
- when people make music together they transcend the differences between them.
- through music we can restore the practices of the everyday arts which fulfill the basic human needs for free and creative expression, connectedness and participation. Music-making is an everyday art which does this, particularly in groups.
- making music together creates a crucible in which people can experience and productively channel the synergy which results from collaborative effort.
Community music making provides an immediate and tangible manifestation of the power and joy of co-operation, is the creative manifestation of community, transforms the metaphor of harmony into a real life experience and is always a creative act “in the moment” - a practice of the “everyday arts” as an integral part of ordinary people's daily lives. Healthy and creative communities depend on there being regular opportunities for citizens and their children to come together in safe and supportive environments within which mutual respect and validation, co-operative interaction, creative stimulation and joyful outcomes are the normal conditions and result of engagement.
Community music making offers a highly productive context in which community vitality, capacity, confidence and energy can flourish. It can create community where there was none previously, and can engage the un-trained in instant, positive experience which moves them from being spectators to participants
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