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Das wird Schule machen • Teil 2 Grundlagen November 2022 in MÜNCHEN
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Dialog statt Dogma

Community Music Conference Munich


Einleitung von Dr. Alicia de Banffy-Hall und Prof. Dr. Burkhard Hill

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Community Music in Germany: reinventing the wheel?

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Hill, Hochschule München
The lecturer exposes the field of community music in Germany.
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The Munich Community Music Action Research Group (MCMARG)

Dr. Alicia de Banffy-Hall, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
The journey to this conference.
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Community music: practice at the crossroads

Prof. Dr. Lee Higgins, International Centre for Community Music, York St. John University, UK
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The growing internationalisation of community music: insights from the Asia pacific region

Ass. Prof. Dr. Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre Griffith University, Australia
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But is it any good? Understanding music work with children in challenging circumstances

Phil Mullen, UK
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Pedagogy, andragogy, and heutagogy: a continuum of perspectives for community music practice with adults

Prof. Dr. Don Coffman, University of Miami, USA
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Singing the rights we do not possess: the rights of community music

Dr. Dave Camlin, Sage Gateshead / University
of Sunderland, UK

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Theorizing the creativity of Community Music by a praxeological approach: Key elements and open questions

Dr. Eric Sons, Helmuth-Schmidt-Universität Hamburg
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Celebrating the Paradoxes: Community Music Engagement

Dr. Lee Willingham, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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How do we ensure that musicians are ethical, responsive and reflective practitioners of Community Music; is formal training required and if so, in what form?

Jess Abrams, Edinburgh College, Scotland
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Pre- & Perinatal Community Music

Prof. DDDr. Wolfgang Mastnak, Hochschule für Musik und Theater München
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The drumpower project – violence prevention social integration and empowerment through music. A music therapy program for children and adolescents.

Dr. Andreas Wölfl, Freies Musikzentrum München
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Sense of Place – How the concept of Sense of Place is used by community musicians to inspire their practice

Pete Moser, More Music in Morecambe, United Kingdom
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Ivory towers, joined up thinking & a place to play a festival as motivator & facilitator in community music & healthcare

Philip Curtis, CityProms Foundation, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
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The DrumPower-Project – violence prevention, social integration and empowerment through music. A music therapy program for children and adolescents.
Andreas Wölfl, Freies Musikzentrum München
The basic clinical aim of this program is to support children and young adolescents, using mainly rhythmic instruments in active music making, in order to express their emotional state and aggressive tension. By playing together, they gain a sense of control over themselves. This music therapeutically directed way of playing music together leads to experiencing tension in a positive light and increases self and group awareness. For children at this age, rhythmic drumming with simple playing instructions increases motivation and conveys in a creative way positive experiential qualities at different levels of awareness (conscious and subconscious).

Transference of these clinical experiences is made possible in this music therapy program.

Regulation of affect and aggression, resolution of conflict situations, avoidance and resistance of threatening situations and constructive handling of aggression can be produced and practiced musically, within a thematic framework. The expression of aggressive qualities in improvisational drumming is helpful in distinguishing between destructive and constructive forms of behaviour. Within the group, it is possible to work on constructive forms in dealing with aggression.

Working creatively on these areas promotes reciprocal respect, acceptance of individual differences and social integration. Particularly in classes with migrant children from diverse cultures, experiencing rhythmic improvisation can lead to a breaking down of barriers. Despite verbal and social differences, an emotionally stabilizing feeling of togetherness can develop, experienced in a playful manner and therapeutically supported. This program strengthens the students’ sense of belonging to the class community and increases their individual creative potential and the capacity to work together cooperatively and in a goal oriented manner.

Since 2009 this program has been researched by members of the Institute of Music Therapy at the “Freies-Musikzentrum, München e.V.” in cooperation with the universities of Augsburg, Innsbruck and Kassel. First a pilot-study 2009 was evaluated, followed by a 2nd study in 2010/2011.The studies took place in two boarding schools in and near by Munich. The outcome of the first study shows heterogeneous results for both schools with significant and highly significant effects. After modifying the music therapy program the project reaches positive effects in both schools in the 2nd study. Further evaluations confirm positive impacts of the program.

In this lecture I will present the methods and the theoretical background of the music therapy program “DrumPower – violence prevention, social integration and empowerment through music” and the development of the program since 2009 in different fields: for the work in different school types (secondary school, grammar school, special school) as well as for the work with underage refugees. On base of this practical work with music I will conclude with some thoughts about social challenges in Germany and the possibilities of community music therapy approaches.


Dr. Andreas Wölfl, Dipl.-Musiktherapeut (FH), Lehrmusikth. DMtG, Supervisor (DGSv), Kinder- und Jugendlichenpsychoth. Seit 1989 Musikth. in der Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie, Supervision, Coaching und Musiktherapie in freier Praxis, Fortbildungstätigkeit, Veröffentlichungen. Leitung Berufsbegleitende Ausbildung Musiktherapie am Freien Musikzentrum.