There is an international movement of community music and everywhere I travel I see a different side and aspect of the practice. Currently I am teaching for 2 days at the Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia after working on two conferences in Hong Kong and Auckland.
Mexico is a country rich full of contrasts with a wide range of cultural, educational, economic and political differences. It is full of culture and history with a wealth of musical rhythms and over 70 indigenous languages. This same cultural variety and rich contrasts are reflected in the 119.5 million Mexicans living in the Mexican Republic and 53 million of whom live in extreme poverty at the same time one of the world's richest men is Mexican.
While playing an instrument can easily bring us and our children lots of joy, sharing instruments might pose some small health risks. But better safe than sorry! Here are a few tips on what we should all know before sharing music instruments.
I am at the end of third day of the Walking the Boundaries, Bridging the Gap Community Music conference here in Waterloo, Ontario. 140 people sharing research, case studies, playing and listening in the context of the only CM masters and undergrad courses in Canada.
In November 2016 specialist music leader and consultant Ros Hawley travelled to Copenhagen to work with musicians from Figura Enesmble, on a project set up by Manchester-based creative consultancy Con Brio. Here she describes the impact of this exchange of skills and practice on the musicians, school staff and children involved.
Every two years musicians, educators, thinkers, researchers, teachers and young people gather for the main ISME conference in different parts of the world. This year, Glasgow - 2 years ago Porto Allegre - before that Greece, Beijing....
This article sketches out a set of songwriting lesson plans for KS2 pupils who are learning english as a second language (ESOL). Additionally, it offers an opportunity to exchange music and letters with a primary school in the island nation of Kiribati!