Thursday, October 1, 2015

Education : International Music Day 2015

Oh! What a special day! Today, October 1 is International Music Day!

As my usual readers know, I love music, I have a master degree in Music/Piano. I have been a piano teacher for years. It would be impossible not to write about Music Day

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy."

Ludwig Von Beethoven

On October 1st, the world celebrates International Music Day. This year, 2015, for the 40th time since it was declared in 1975 by the General Assembly in Lausanne and signed by the IMC President at that time, Yehudi Menuhin.

The International Music Council (IMC), founded in 1949 by UNESCO, is the world's largest network of organizations and  institutions working in the field of music. 

Art is a language that all people speak and that cuts across cultural, social, and economic barriers and enhances cultural appreciation and awareness.
Art provides opportunities for self-expression, bringing the inner world into the outer world of concrete reality. 
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right "to enjoy the arts", as they constitute an important vehicle for individuals and communities to develop and express their humanity. 
The vitality of artistic creativity is also necessary for the development of vibrant cultures, for the protection and promotion of cultural diversity across the world and for the smooth functioning of democratic societies.

credits: DigiCake/Shutterstock

The Five Music Rights of IMC make important declarations about artistic rights and values in respect of music. In particular, the first three Rights articulate much of what is expressed above:
  • 1st IMC Music Right: 'For all children and adults to express themselves musically in all freedom'
  • 2nd IMC Music Right: 'For all children and adults to learn musical languages and skills'
  • 3rdIMC Music Right: 'For all children and adults to have access to musical involvement through participation, listening, creation and information'
Read the entire Statement here

credits : Make Music Alliance | USA

I will be focused on these three IMC Music Rights as a teacher who believes and pledge for the integration of Music at all schools. 

Along the years I wrote often about Music as a fundamental subject at school. Music, a practical and active subject, must be taught as part of the curriculum in all year groups. 

"No truly cultural pursuit, involving the intellect and the emotions, is complete unless it can be regarded as both an end and a means."

Georges Duhamel, Académie Française

School Primary School | UK


"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."


Many studies have emerged in recent years describing the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral benefits of music education for children. But given the tight budgets and questionable priorities of so many schools, a lot of kids don't begin formal music training until they enter high school and (only 2 years) or decide to join a band or chorus.

Orquestra Geração | Portugal

Children and young adults 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.

The aim is not to form not only professional musicians, but to develop the appreciation, taste and critical judgment of the listener from his earliest youth, so as to train him and enable him to appreciate the beauty and wealth of music.

As a good pedagogical example Orquestra Geração offers children from underprivileged suburbs of Portugal (Lisbon and other cities), the opportunity to practice music.

Instruments and music courses are available to them free of charge. It's a musical project for inclusion of the young Portuguese who live innderprivileged suburbs.

No matter the holistic immersive approach of Music :

And the engagement of important and experienced musicians is central to achieving significant transformation, particularly to the lives of the most vulnerable children.

" I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosion expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. "

Billy Joel, musician


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