International Conference on Musical Cultures, 4th April

Free events for teachers!

Teachers are able to attend the following parts of the International Conference on Musical Cultures free of charge:

Tuesday 4th April 2017, Middleton Hall, University of Hull

16:15 –17:15pm: Special Symposium: Minute of Listening

Minute of Listening is an innovative project created by Sound and Music that provides all primary-aged children with the opportunity to experience sixty seconds of creative listening each day. Throughout the City of Culture celebrations in Hull during 2017 over 50 regional schools are taking part in the project.

Listening, and the way we experience sound, has a huge impact on our lives. Yet in a predominantly visual culture, time is rarely dedicated to exploring our aural experiences and to developing our ability to listen in a concentrated or imaginative way. 

Minute of Listening (MoL) provides a simple and effective way of introducing a culture of curious, engaged and reflective listening in the classroom and offers a structured, daily activity that enables teachers and their pupils to explore a wide variety of sonic experiences.

The University of Hull is conducting an evaluation of the use of MoL in regional primary schools that examines psychological well-being and other aspects of the project. This symposium is a chance for teachers, researchers, and consultants to reflect upon the early stages of the research and share experiences.

Pam Burnard (University of Cambridge, UK); Patricia Shehan-Campbell (University of Washington, USA); Judith Robinson (Sound and Music, UK). 

18:00–19:00pm: For the love of children: Music, Enculturation and Education

Keynote Address by Professor Patricia Shehan-Campbell

Professor Patricia Shehan-Campbell

Across a wide spectrum of settings and circumstances, children are actively engaged in the acquisition of musical repertoire, knowledge, and values. Within their families and across  communities, and from infancy onward, children are engaged in various informal processes of enculturation and socialization that operate in lieu of (or in tandem with) formal teaching and learning in schools, studios, and other institutional contexts. Their clear sense of agency is at work, too, in determining what music they will use, remake, or discard from all the influences that permeate their lives. Through brief excursions into selected geo-cultural contexts, I acknowledge the growth of disciplinary attention to children’s musical composite as well as to their perceived beliefs, interests, and needs, particularly through the emergence of an “ethnomusicology of children” that considers children’s musical identities as the product of family, peer, and mediated forces.  I offer culture-specific and cross-cultural perspectives of children’s music as sound, behavior, and ideals, both as tethered to adult stylistic ideals and as linked explicitly or implicitly to fundamental features of children and their evolving human music faculty. With attention to the transmission and learning processes that children demonstrate and prefer in their sociomusical interactions, I suggest that educational practice is   informed by our understanding of children’s enculturative and agentive knowledge.

Patricia Shehan Campbell is Donald E. Peterson Professor of Music at the University of Washington, where she teaches courses at the interface of education and ethnomusicology. She has lectured on the pedagogy of world music and children’s musical cultures throughout the United States, in much of Europe and Asia, in Australia, New Zealand, South America, and eastern and southern Africa. She is the author of Lessons from the World (1991), Music in Cultural Context (1996), Songs in Their Heads (1998, 2010), Teaching Music Globally (2004), Musician and Teacher (2008), co-author of Music in Childhood  (2013, fourth edition), co-editor of the Global Music Series and the Oxford Handbook on Children’s Musical Cultures (2013). Campbell was designated the Senior Researcher in Music Education (American-national)  in 2002, and is recipient of the Taiji Award (2012) for the preservation of traditional music and the Koizumi Prize (2017) for her world in intercultural issues of music in schools and communities. She is chair of the Advisory Board of Smithsonian Folkways and consultant in repatriation efforts for the recordings of Alan Lomax to communities in the American South. Her current activity is as co-author of Redefining Music Studies in an Age of Change (Routledge, 2017) and The Musically Vibrant Classroom: Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers (W. W. Norton, 2017), and editor of a six-volume series on World Music Pedagogy (Routledge, 2018). 

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