Second workshop – 25-27 January 2017

Music destined for a younger generation

Educators devoted to bring classical music closer to kids and youngsters always compete with music file sharing websites, flashmobs and thousands of smartphone applications. Music of Our Age – Musical Feet, the educational project initiated by Philharmonia Hungary, takes up this challenge. The second workshop of the program sponsered by EEA Grants was accomplished on 27th January with significant new results.

_GAB5378The three-day educational program held between 25-27 January 2017 in Budapest at the premises of Jurányi House included voice and movement trainings and dance experiments under the guidance of musical and educational experts. The course was based on the achievements of the previous workshop organized between 29th November and 1st December in 2016.

The educational experiment started last October was designed to be transformed into a special methodological toolbar suitable for classroom activities. Under the professional guidance of Philharmonia Hungary, the project is destined for providing opportunities both for teachers and pupils to practice classical music and contemporary dance in an experience-based way. At the press conference held on the closing day of the course Lajos Szilágyi, musician and music educator, project-manager of Philharmonia Hungary underlined: „The Musical Feet project is aimed to contribute to the work of music teachers by offering efficient new musical learning technologies, combining innovative approaches in dance, drama and music teaching that are harmonized with the needs of the younger generations.

_GAB5429The twenty-one young professionals applied to the course have taken inspiration for their work from several excellent programs including music listening classes of András Dés jazz musician and composer, dance history lectures of progressive approach by Livia Fuschs, presentation of the exciting new SoundSearching method by its developper, Evelin Tóth, the contemporary music course led by Krisztián Horváth and last but not least Ádám Bősze’s seminar on the aesthetical analysis of Bartók-works.

Eurythmics classes, held under the guidance of Csaba Horváth director-choreographer, professor of  University of Theatre and Film Arts, art director of the project, Kristóf Widder, Barnabás Horkai and Norbert Nagy choreographers had a relevant role in helping researchers to form a comprehensive agenda for the event. „We apply progressive eurhytmics in order to help children to understand contemporary music and make it more enjoyable to them.  Our program is basically a training aimed to draw attention to the deep connection between human body and music” – said Csaba Horváth.

_GAB5473This March the program will be continued by the third learning module. Results will be evaluated and implemented into teaching practice by learning technology experts. Barbara Di Blasio, associate professor responsible for developing the module explained: „The program of the second course was based on the findings of the first workshop. The effects of the courses could be clearly observed in the activity of participating students: they became more professional in creating and more focused and conscious in expressing their thoughts. Apparently, they strived to integrate various impressions and effects they had encountered into a coherent pool of experience that we could use in developing the module.”

Thus, the elementary and secondary school children – 300 of whom have had the opportunity to attend top quality concerts hosted by Philharmonia Hungary –  will have an extended access to classical music experience, in a way that is harmonized with the mindset and cultural patterns of the young generation.







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