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Music Education Symposium

Thursday 13th September 2018

The purpose of this symposium

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1) The purpose of this symposium is to bring together music educators working in the local area to discuss contemporary issues surrounding music education.

2) This event is an opportunity for music educators who wish to explore and develop ‘alternative’ approaches to active music making and to work collaboratively towards designing a series of training events that would support their needs.

We recognize the strong tradition of excellence in Russian conservatoire classical music education. This event will be focused on those who wish to develop wider approaches to participatory music education which might for example, include pop and rock, samba, African drumming, improvisation, songwriting, and composition. 

This is a consultative and collaborative enterprise so following the symposium we would like to share our findings and thoughts with the participants. It is hoped that together we can craft a series of events for NAMM Russia 2019 that (a) directly responds to the perceived needs of local music educators, and (b) offers ideas and models of what might be possible but perhaps not currently thought about. 

Keynote address: Professor Lee Higgins. This talk will contextualize the day and introduce some contemporary approaches to music education currently being employed world-wide. Building on last year’s presentation on community music Professor Higgins will give examples of innovative approaches to engaging people in active music making.

Within the context of exploring ‘alternative’ approaches to music education, the second part of the day will have its orientation around the following types of questions; What challenges does music education face in Russia today? What support is needed to meet these challenges? Where are the successes? How can these be further supported?

After establishing a sense of the overall landscape and context we will begin an open ‘blue sky’ discussion: If you were able to re-design music education curriculum for contemporary Russia what would be its content? How would it be taught? Who would teach it and what training would they need?

After reflecting on these responses, we will work together to articulate some practical actions that directly respond to local music educators needs. We will consider how the expertize inherent within NAMM and its partner ISME (International Society of Music Education) might develop and host a training event. 

Supported by

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The International Society for Music Education (ISME) believes that lived experiences of music, in all their many aspects, are a vital part of the life of all people. ISME's mission is to enhance those experiences by:

  • building and maintaining a worldwide community of music educators characterized by mutual respect and support;
  • fostering global intercultural understanding and cooperation among the world's music educators; and
  • promoting music education for people of all ages in all relevant situations throughout the world.

More information here