Donnerstag, 23. Juni 2022

Dienstag, 3. Mai 2022

Musik:Welt Hildesheim - Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

What a beautiful month with so many encounters, finally connecting with people in person again:

A weekend in Hildesheim with the students and colleagues of the MA Musik:Welt Cultural Diversity in Music Education. We learned and listened to the Master thesis projects of the students and spent a beautiful evening celebrating and dancing and singing and eating together. Thank you Morena and Raimund!

Followed by an intense day in Hamburg at the Elbphilharmonie working with the education team and a group of wonderful artists collaborating on a community project. Starting with a tour of the concert hall, to me leading two workshops: one on developing a deeper understanding of community music, followed by a creative arts workshop implementing approaches to community music through dance, spoken word and music. Thank you Ilka, Kian and Charlotte!

Dienstag, 15. Februar 2022

I'm excited to be a jury member in this great project by art in prison, a European art competition for incarcerated people:

Donnerstag, 25. November 2021

Musik im Strafvollzug

 Very happy this book which was a loooong time in the making is now out:

Mittwoch, 24. November 2021

Rethinking classical music practice: Musikvermittlung and Community Music

I look forward to presenting together with Prof. Constanze Wimmer at the conference by the university of music and performing arts Vienna this Friday: They have organized a great online program and live translation so come along!

The preparation process has been really enriching, discussing differences, intersections and perspectives on Musikvermittlung and Community Music with Constanze!

Dienstag, 16. November 2021

Seminar on Reflection and Mindfulness

What a beautiful seminar with Kathleen Turner, Gerard Yun, Lee Willingham, Lee Higgins and nearly forty students from four countries on reflection and mindfulness in Community Music on the 9th of November 2021, one year after the community music winter school!

Dienstag, 31. August 2021

Professor at Hochschule Landshut

Today I start a new chapter as full professor for aesthetic practice in social work (music and media) at Hochschule Landshut

Donnerstag, 8. Juli 2021

Rethinking Classical Music Practice Audience and Community Engagement in Classical Concert Life

I look forward to being part of this online conference in Vienna, exploring Musikvermittlung and Community Music together with Prof. Constanze Wimmer!

Samstag, 19. Juni 2021

A visit to Linz: Musikvermittlung - Musik im Kontext!

My first trip in a long time. How lovely to be seeing people in person again! Thank you Irena Müller-Brozovic, Dagmar Schinnerl and your MA students for a great morning at Bruckner University Linz, Austria at the course: "Musikvermittlung - Musik im Kontext!

Donnerstag, 22. April 2021

Thank you Dr. Franklin Lewis...

 ... for for visiting the Community Music Netzwerk and giving such an inspirational talk and video on your autoethnographic PhD research in South Africa!

Montag, 8. März 2021

Appointment as Research Fellow of the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community (LCMC)

 Thank you Lee Willingham for this appointment, I look forward to further collaborations! Very excited!

Donnerstag, 28. Januar 2021

Community Music Netzwerk - New Website

What a beautiful new website of Community Music Netzwerk the German network for community musicians. Check it out! 

Samstag, 23. Januar 2021

 Very happy to join an amazing team as Commissioner of the Community Music Activity Commission!

Donnerstag, 14. Januar 2021

Der Weg zum Community Musician Podcast

Thank you to Matt Robinson of the Konzerthaus Dortmund for inviting me to do a session in the "Der Weg zum Community Musician" Sessions, here you can listen to the Podcast about Community Music in Deutschland.

Montag, 7. Dezember 2020

ROCE - community music at concerthouses in Germany

Thank you to ROCE (La Red de Organizadores de Conciertos Eduvativos), the Spanish association for education activities in concerts, for inviting me to talk at their annual conference on community music in concert halls in Germany. It was supposed to take place in Tenerife, but instead, because of COVID it takes place online In the talk I discuss my experiences in developing Community Music at the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Konzerthaus Dortmund.

Freitag, 27. November 2020

Community Music Learning YouTube channel

I'm happy to share this new Community Music Learning YouTube channel with you, I have worked on this for the last few months with collegues from Canada (Prof. Lee Willingham), Ireland (Dr. Kathleen Turner) and the UK (Prof. Dr. Lee Higgins), and we keep developing it as an ongoing collaboration. It is a growing resource for community music researchers and practitioners.

Dienstag, 27. Oktober 2020

Community Music Winter School

I'm very excited to announce the Community Music Winter School's programme here, the event will take place from the 02.11.20 until the 04.11.2020 online on Zoom.

I collaborated with collegues from Canada (Prof.Dr.Lee Willingham), England (Prof. Dr. Lee Higgins), Ireland (Dr. Kahleen Turner) in creating this online conference, focussing on Community Music Research, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service and hosted by the catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.

We have all created talks focussing on different aspects of research in community music, the talks are shared publicly on the Community Music Learning YouTube channel.

Donnerstag, 22. Oktober 2020

Action Research and the Community Music Action Research Group Video

Very pleased this is out now!
Check out the Community Music Learning Channel on YouTube!


Montag, 19. Oktober 2020

Open Access: FamilyLab's Community Music Dokumentation

The film and conference talk recordings, of the Munich Community Music Conference 2015, are now available online, open access here: 

Thank you Mathias Voelchert for investing and supporting this project!

Donnerstag, 1. Oktober 2020

Nice to get two parcels in the post in one day....

Another Italian book on Community Music, I am grateful to be in it (well done Antonella Coppi!):

And another one...

Montag, 21. September 2020

Review of The Development of Community Music in Germany

 Thank you Catherine Birch for this review of my book:

"A new book review is available. Catherine Birch has reviewed Alicia de Banffy-Hall's The development of community music in Munich. Catherine writes that the book is a deep insight into the development of community music in Munich and she compares it with her own experience in the UK. Full review at the link here."

Sonntag, 20. September 2020

Italian book on Community Music

Congratulations Dr. Antonella Coppi for her second Italian book on Community Music - I'm happy to be part of this one too with a chapter on Community Music in higher education in Germany.

Dienstag, 19. Mai 2020

Anmeldeschluss für den MA inklusive Musikpädagogik/Community Music: 01.06.2020

Anmeldeschluss für den MA inklusive Musikpädagogik/Community Music 01.06.2020
Mehr Infos hier!

Samstag, 9. Mai 2020

Lasst es raus - über die neue Sangeslust

Horst Konietzny has created a radio feature about crowd singing in Germany and interviewed me as part of his research, it was shared on Bayern 2, you can listen to it here.

Editorial Board Transform - New Voices in Community Music Journal 2020

Thank you Dr. Fran Marnane for inviting me to be a member of the editorial board for the 2020 edition of Transform - New Voices in Community Music Journal!

Donnerstag, 26. März 2020

Terzwerk Interview

Thank you Samuel Binder-Köhrer from Terzwerk, for the short interview with me about the Community Music Programme at the Konzerthaus Dortmund.

Dienstag, 26. November 2019

Community Music at the Konzerthaus Dortmund

Really pleased to have been part of the BE: community kick off event of the community music programme at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, well done Matt Robinson! I will research their development of community music over the next year and have had some fascinating conversations this weekend...

Kulturpreis Bayern

Thank you to to the Bavarian Ministry of Arts and Science and Bayernwerk for awarding me with the Kulturpreis Bayern for my PhD dissertation on the development of community music in Munich!
Pressemitteilung hier.
Pressephoto hier.

Donnerstag, 19. September 2019

Radiofeature on Community Music on Deutschlandfunk

Here I've been interviewed for another radio feature about community music, produced by Leonie Reineke for Deutschlandfunk: Musik und Inklusion - Community Music  - Von allen, für alle.

Mittwoch, 28. August 2019

Einladung Zukunftswerkstatt Community Music in München

Das Münchener Kulturreferat, die Münchner Community Music Aktionsforschungsgruppe und die Community Music Initiative München laden Sie ganz herzlich zu unserer Community Music Salon Zukunftswerkstatt ein. Hier möchten wir auf die vergangenen Workshops zurückblicken, aber vor allem die Zukunft der Initiative Community Music und der Salons gemeinsam mit Ihnen gestalten.
Bei einer Kleinigkeit zu essen sowie einem Bier oder Wein, würden wir gerne Vorschläge, Kritik, Wünsche und Anregungen austauschen.

Wann & Wo: 13 September 2019, 18 Uhr bis 20 Uhr

Wo:  Raum 400, Kulturreferat München, Burgstrasse 4, 80331 München. 

ANMELDUNG: Bis 9. September 2019 an Marie Karaisl unter

Wir freuen uns auf Ihr/Euer Kommen. 

Freitag, 16. August 2019

Radio Interview Kulturkanal

Thank you Heike Haberl for an excellently prepared and researched interview with my student Irmengard Siebler about her community orchestra Ingolstadt and me about the MA.

Have a listen here!

Dienstag, 13. August 2019

Jailbreak: Music in Prison conference short film

Here a short film about the conference we hosted in Eichstätt in May.

Donnerstag, 8. August 2019

Another year....

Thank you to my students of the second intake of the MA inclusive music education/community music for a year with lots of deep, interesting and thoughtful conversations and music making. I can't wait for their capstone projects to happen in the autumn!

Dienstag, 4. Juni 2019

Creative Interactions

Thank you to Prof. Andrea Sangiorgio of the University of Music and Performing Arts for a thought provoking conference. I presented a paper on Community Music and Creativity, and particularly enjoyed the very inspiring key note by Dr. Kerry Chappell on transdisciplinary creativity!

Sonntag, 26. Mai 2019


Thank you to Amos Heuss for a great day at KOMMA, an inspiring arts and cultural centre in Esslingen! I led a singing workshop for the conference attendees and a workshop and talk on community music and community cultural development (thank you Peggie Kummer for your help and ideas!).

Mittwoch, 22. Mai 2019


...habe ich nun mein Zeugnis :-)

Donnerstag, 2. Mai 2019

Jailbreak: Conference about music in prisons: 21.05.19 in Eichstätt

All welcome! We are organising a conference about community music work in prisons with some amazing speakers: Prof. Dr. Mary Cohen (US), Catherine Birch (ICCM, UK), Prof. DDDr. Wolfgang Mastnak, David Ehlers, Basketbeat (Spain) and others.

More info here.

Dienstag, 26. März 2019

Community Music position at the Konzerthaus Dortmund

Over the last four months I have been working with Raphael Hoensbroech and his amazing team on the development of community music at the Konzerthaus Dortmund.  I am very excited to share this job opportunity: a full time position to develop and build community music at the Konzerthaus Dortmund.

Dienstag, 19. März 2019

Capstone Community Music Projects

Congratulations to my MA students who have presented their Community Music capstone projects last week! I was very proud of them, what they have achieved, and the journey they have navigated over the last year and a half!

hEImat in Eichstätt

Thank you to Theresa Hürdler, Leon Gaube and Phillip Thomas for inviting me to talk about Community Music at their hEImat project in Eichstätt!

Samstag, 9. März 2019

Conference Jailbreak: Music in Prisons, 21.05.2019

Invitation to all to our conference at the University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, about music making in prisons with some amazing talks (Prof. Mary Cohen, Prof. Wolfgang Mastnak, David K.Ehlers, Catherine Birch and others) and workshops, more information here.

Donnerstag, 21. Februar 2019

End of a journey..

Yesterday I passed my final doctoral exam...thank you to Christine Dettmann for making it a special moment with these beautiful is the publication of my thesis and then it's finally done!

Montag, 11. Februar 2019

Musikschule Ebersberg and community music

Thank you to the director of the Musikschule Ebersberg, Peter Pfaff,  for inviting me to run a workshop with 40 music teachers on community music and the future work and vision of the music school Ebersberg. Lots of deep conversations about the future and the role of the music school in the community.

Donnerstag, 10. Januar 2019

Visit by Lee Higgins at KU Eichstätt

Thank you Lee Higgins for yet another very productive few days!
We look forward to more work with you at Eichstätt!

Sonntag, 9. Dezember 2018

Thank you to Shirley Salmon and Erik Esterbauer and the Mozarteum Orff Institute!

Thank you to Shirley Salmon and Erik Esterbauer for inviting me to do a keynote at their interesting symposium at the Orff Institute in Salzburg!

Donnerstag, 8. November 2018

Soundpainting mit Carina Dengler: 8. Community Music Salon

Soundpainting Workshop mit Carina Dengler: 8. Community Music Salon:
Dienstag 27. November 2018, 17 Uhr bis 20 Uhr, Anmeldung hier.

Soundpainting ist eine Zeichensprache, die in den 1970er Jahren von Walter Thompson entwickelt wurde und mit der man Live-Kompositionen mit Musikern, Tänzern, Schauspielern sowie visuellen Künstlern kreieren kann. In mehr als 35 Ländern wird mit Soundpainting sowohl auf professionell künstlerischer Ebene als auch im Bildungsbereich gearbeitet. Für Kinder ist es eine wunderbare Möglichkeit, sich durch Sprache, Musik oder Bewegung auszudrücken, zu improvisieren und kreativ zu sein.
In diesem Workshop werden die Grundlagen von Soundpainting erforscht, einige Zeichen kennengelernt und damit kurze Performances kreiert. Die Teilnehmer können verschiedene Kunstformen ausprobieren und selbst Soundpainter sein. Es wird auch Beispiele dazu geben, wie man Soundpainting in community settings anwenden kann, z.B. in Schulen oder Flüchtlingsunterkünften.

Donnerstag, 18. Oktober 2018

Seminar Community Music Benediktbeuern MUZA

What a beautiful place to work!

Thank you to Prof. Christine Plahl for inviting me back to work with her MUZA students on community music and running a community music workshop on the campus of Benediktbeuern!

Dienstag, 9. Oktober 2018

Ringvorlesung Community Music at Benediktbeuern

I'm looking forward to a talk and conversation on "Potentiale von Community Music in Deutschland" tomorrow night 19.00 at the katholische Stiftungshochschule München.

MUS0C - Music and Social Intervention Network

Thank you to Dr. Jennie Henley (Royal College of Music) and Prof. Lee Higgins (International Centre of Community Music) for inviting me to participate at MUS0C at York St- John's University last weekend.
The website they have built through this project is amazing:

Dienstag, 15. Mai 2018

Register for our MA inclusive music education/community music by the 2nd of June!

Deadline for registration for the MA inclusive music education/community music at the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt is the 2nd of June, more information here

Sonntag, 8. April 2018

musik.welt Universität Hildesheim

Vielen Dank an Prof. Dr. Karin Sauer, Morena Piro und die Student*innen des Masterstudienganges musik.welt - kulturelle Diversität in der musikalischen Bildung für die Einladung nach Hildesheim für einen Tag zum Thema Community Music.

Sonntag, 12. November 2017

The MA in inclusive music education / commmunity music has begun...

With a lovely group of thirteen students, a visit from Prof. Lee Willingham, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, a lot of really good discussions and music making!

Here a recent article about the MA in the local newspaper!

Mittwoch, 8. November 2017

4. Community Music Salon with Prof. Lee Willingham

Another inspiring community music salon, this time at the Kösk in Munich, with inspiring project examples from Canada and a song sharing session led by Lee Willingham. Participants again came from all over Germany!

Donnerstag, 2. November 2017

Community Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich

Thank you to Prof. Christine Dettmann, Ethnomusicology, for inviting me for the second time to talk to her performing arts and music teacher students about community music.

Mittwoch, 6. September 2017

Community Music Conference in Brixen, Italy

Check out this exciting community music conference:

Community Music: Perspectives and Relevances

Bressanone/Brixen, 11th  – 13th October 2017

I am looking forward to running a workshop and presenting a paper there!

Dienstag, 18. Juli 2017

Informationsveranstaltung MA Inklusive Musikpädagogik/Community Music

Diesen Freitag den 21.7.2017 von 10.00 - 14.00 findet eine Informationsversanstaltung zum neuen Master Inklusive Musikpädagogik/Community Music an der katholischen Universität Eichstätt-Ingoldstadt statt.

Anmeldung bei:

Mittwoch, 5. Juli 2017

Key note at the Community Music Student Research Symposium

Thank you to Lee Higgins for inviting me to do my first key note speech at the community music student research symposium 2017 in York this November!

Mittwoch, 7. Juni 2017

3. Community Music Salon mit David Lines aus Neuseeland

Ich freue mich sehr auf den 3. Community Music Salon in München mit einem Vortrag von Prof. David Lines aus Neuseeland!!
Am: Dienstag 13. Juni, 2017, 18h Uhr im Chorprobensaal der Münchner Philharmoniker im Gasteig, München
Mehr Infos auf:

Samstag, 27. Mai 2017

Rezensionen Community Music Buch

Hier zwei Rezensionen über das erste deutsche Community Music Buch:,43093.html
von Peter Röbke, Üben und Musizieren, 05/2017, Schott Verlag.
von Ulrike Gerdiken. Rezension vom 22.05.2017 zu: Burkhard Hill, Alicia de Banffy-Hall (Hrsg.): Community music. Beiträge zur Theorie und Praxis aus internationaler und deutscher Perspektive. Waxmann Verlag (Münster, New York) 2017. ISBN 978-3-8309-3456-1. In: socialnet Rezensionen, ISSN 2190-9245,

Community Music Master got approved!!

Der Master Inklusive Musikpädagogik/Commmunity Music wurde genehmigt, wir beginnen im Oktober 2017!!!

The Master in Inclusive Music Education/Community Music has been approved by the ministry of education. We will start in October 2017!!!;art575,3423616

Dienstag, 20. Dezember 2016

Community Music in Eichstätt!

I am very happy to have started working at the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, with Prof. Dr. Daniel Eberhard at the department of music education as a lecturer and to collaborate on developing a Masters programme in inclusive music education/community music.

Dienstag, 29. November 2016