Monday, October 1, 2012

International Music Day : let's play music !







"Music has a power of forming the character and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young."

Aristotle

Today, October 1st is International Music day.  The IMD was initiated in 1975 by Lord Yehudi Menuhin to encourage:
  • the promotion of our musical art among all sections of society
  • the application of the UNESCO ideals of peace and friendship between peoples, of the evolution of their cultures, of the exchange of experience and of the mutual appreciation of their aesthetic values
  • the promotion of the activities of IMC, its international member organizations and national committees, as well as its programme policy in general.

The IMC was founded in 1949 at the request of UNESCO as a non-governmental advisory body on musical matters. It currently comprises national music committees in 74 countries on all continents as well as 34 organisations representing most fields of musical activity. 





Músicos Inesperados | Porto
photo: Casa da Musica

Education:
Children and young people from all backgrounds should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, to make music with others, to learn to sing or to dance,  to have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence.

"Music should be a very solid part of the education of young children."

Sir George Martin

As I wrote already on this blog: "Music has the potential to achieve social and psychological transformation of children and young people. Their sensibility will be accurate. We must never waste such an opportunity as teachers! Captivating the major interests of our students about Music."

Music, as you ccan read on several posts on this blog, is fundamental in Education of young people.




Jan Lisiecki
credits : Anita Lisieck

Remember my  post about the young pianist Jan Lisiecki. He is 16 years old,  "recognized around the world for his poetic and mature playing", he is already recording for Deutsche Grammophon and he is performing with the best orchestras in famous theaters from different countries.

When we are lucky to study Music and Humanities for example (this is my case), we understand so well the importance of music in our education, in our life, even we are teaching Languages or IT. 

As I, many teachers studied Music or just love music. Some of us feel comfortable to speak about Music in different curricula. So, let's do it!

You must try to talk about Music in the classroom, no matter the curriculum you are teaching. Let your students listen some Music as part of the curriculum.


You will feel the enthousiasm of your young students. No matter the kind of Music. Pop or classical. It will depend from the students you are teaching.








Músicos Inesperados | Porto

photo: Casa da Musica


So, today is the big day! All the schools, but especially Music schools for all over the world are celebrating this important day.

Different events, creative projects, school concerts, talks, going to a concert with students. All is possible. 

I will share with you an unexpected project. Casa da Musica (Porto, Portugal) and Music schools are participating in a different event: 

Young musicians from different Music schools are playing in unexpected places: streets, caffés, libraries, underground  stations, molls, gardens, and so.




Músicos Inesperados | Porto
photo: Casa da Musica


Some thoughts:

"Most children will have their first experience of music at school. It is important that music education of high quality is available to as many of them as possible: it must not become the preserve of those children whose families can afford to pay for music tuition. While music touches the lives of all young people, the disadvantaged can benefit most."

Great music education is a partnership between classroom teachers, specialist teachers, professional performers and a host of other organisations, including those from the arts, charity and voluntary sectors.

All of the programs must be customized to meet specific classroom and curricular requirements, but also enrich students experience. 





The holistic immersive approach of Music - classical, electronic, pop, rockhip hop - and the engagement of important and experienced musicians is central to achieving significant transformation, particularly to the lives of the most vulnerable children.

"High quality music education enables lifelong participation in, and enjoyment of, music, as well as underpinning excellence and professionalism for those who choose not to pursue a career in music."

Department for Education (England)

"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything… Without music, life would be an error."

Plato


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