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European Association for Music in Schools (EAS) - Conference 2016

The EAS and five Lithuanian universities organise the EAS Conference 2016 “Looking for the Unexpected: Creativity and Innovation in Music Education”, has taken place place in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 16-19 March 2016: four days of workshops, presentations, symposia and concerts.
The EAS Conference 2016 Looking for the Unexpected: Creativity and Innovation in Music Education, will consider : How do we recognize a creative learner and how do we measure his or her creativity? What does it mean to be creative in music? What are the characteristics of creative pupils, students, and professional artists? What are the features of a creative music teacher, and what does it mean to teach creatively?

Magret Stumpfögger, training officer for musicians in schools in CFMI of Lyon, proposes the following speech :

Training musicians to create music with children in schools

Helping children to make up music in class means that the practitioner must allow both himself and the children to play with ideas, to take risks, to make choices, to look for – and firstly listen to the unexpected ! He needs to act both as an artist and an educationist, encouraging and inspiring children to find their own way to express themselves by the means of music. But how enable children to do so ? Which is the role of the adult(s) in this process ? Are there methods, approaches or skills to be learnt ?
Inspired by the basic principles developed in the twentieth century by several pedagogical movements such as collaborative, cooperative and enquiry-based learning, aiming emancipation, self-expression and self-fulfilment for each and every one, the French training centers for musicians in schools (Centres de formation de musiciens intervenant à l'école- known as CFMI) give priority to collective music creation, both in training sessions and in practical teaching in classes.
During their two year professional and academic training in the CFMI, musicians learn how to:
  • encourage children to express themselves spontaneously by playing with all kinds of sounds
  • receive their propositions with interest and responsiveness
  • help children to vary and to develop their inventions, for example by listening to a wide range of music
  • support them to transform and to invent musical motifs and patterns
  • help children to choose between these motifs and patterns and to organize them so as to create a form
  • support them to perform the resulting form
The outcomes are both artistic and pedagogical. Firstly, there are innumerable songs, vocal, rhythmical, instrumental pieces performed every year by classes on local stages, sometimes with professional musicians. Secondly, positive changes in social behaviour, group solidarity and intercultural acceptance are often observed in classes.

Here, you can read the full article of the Margret Stumpfögger's speech.
Published in "Creativity and Innovation" European Perspectives on Music Education 7
Autor(en): Ruta Girdzijauskiene, Mary Stakelum (eds.)
ISBN: 9783990357514

Updated May 30, 2018

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