Welcome to the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community
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LCMC was formed with a mission of connecting the University to the wider Waterloo Region community through musical activities, community research and collaboration. LCMC lives out this mission through research, symposia, publishing, projects, partnerships and concerts. Using music as a conduit, we work to connect to our community, collaborate with music makers, thereby contributing to the vitality of the music of the people and of the people themselves.
LCMC is a significant achievement in the context of a research university. In establishing a research centre based on community, we are showcasing a strong commitment to research and a drive to connect institution to community. LCMC welcomes research in any method that address aspects of music and community. It is through this research we seek to inform practice.
LCMC has generated innovative and transformative events, leading to research and improved practice in our communities. The Master of Arts in Community Music was formed largely due to the research and work of LCMC and is the only program of its kind in Canada. In a time where the Community Musician is becoming a recognized field, we are in place to provide support, research, and facilitation to help enhance the work in practice.
Music is an integral part to people’s experience and it is for this reason we focus on bringing together and studying music of our people, of our community. Music can be considered to be the heartbeat of our people. (Wyman, 2004, pg.5)
The Laurier Centre for Music in the Community (LCMC) was approved by Wilfrid Laurier University in May 2007 to be one of the institution’s research centres.
The public launch was held on March 28, 2008