The University of South Carolina String Project (USCSP), model site for over thirty community-university partnerships in the United States, offers a unique amalgam of community music and music teacher education. Community partners participate as music makers taught by university students within a teacher education program. The researcher implemented a 14-month intrinsic case study of the USCSP to understand how each group of USCSP participants – the university undergraduates, the community, the faculty and institution – experienced their engagement in the community-university partnership. This article explores the multidimensional experience of community participation in the USCSP as a dynamic community of practice. Dominant themes related to motivation include access and affordability, homeschooling and family musicking; the learning experience; and enjoyment linked to musical challenge and transcendence.
Davis, Susan A.
"“Every Time I Leave Class, I’m Happy”: Community Perspectives in a
Visions of Research in Music Education: Vol. 31, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lib.uconn.edu/vrme/vol31/iss1/5