Layali Al-Sham: Musicking and Community Engagement at the University of Texas, El Paso
Date & Time
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate the ways that music can facilitate genuine community engagement that features voices from minority populations. Additionally, it interrogates the problematic nature of Western-centric music education and community engagement music programming.
The objectives and key takeaways of the presentation are:
  • Present an overall view of community engagement through university music programs in the U.S.
  • Demonstrate how Western-centric programming can be detrimental to minority communities
  • Define Christopher Small’s concept of musicking
  • Describe the activities of UTEP’s Layali Al-Sham and how critical their musicking is within the El Paso and Ciudad Juárez borderlands
  • Provide the audience with tools for musicking within their own communities
Learning outcomes:
  • Understand the concept of musicking and its potential for facilitating community engagement.
  • Realize the risks in Western-centric community engagement in the arts.
  • Acquire methodological options for genuine exchange through community engagement at the university level.
Location Name
Full Address
Hyatt Regency Seattle
808 Howell St
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
Session Type
Small breakout