Music making as place making: A case study of community music in Japan

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A body of research on 'place' in various disciplines indicates that the concept stands at the nexus of time, space, and experience. Acknowledging also that place represents a meaningful learning context, this study examines its pedagogical underpinning within the framework of community music making. Three cases of community music making in Japan are introduced to identify the processes of place-based music learning. Characteristic features include students’ involvement in instrument making, school-community collaboration, interdisciplinary learning opportunities, and diverse formats and localised styles of music making and learning. The findings support the view that music making is also place making. Copyright © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-501
JournalMusic Education Research
Issue number4
Early online dateFeb 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018



Matsunobu, K. (2018). Music making as place making: A case study of community music in Japan. Music Education Research, 20(4), 490-501. doi: 10.1080/14613808.2018.1433147


  • Place
  • Place-based education
  • Ibasho
  • Community music
  • Japan