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Idea Hub

The Idea Hub is an integral part of the Forum that gives project, initiatives and the driving forces behind them a platform to present themselves. It offers insights into the daily work of various musical organisations and provides incentives to rethink educational concepts. The following projects will be presented:

Living Scores Learn (LS Learn)

Living Scores Learn
Presented by: Tom De Cock
10:00 - 10:15

The large diversity in compositional styles in contemporary music and its possibilities of applied technology, leads to very complex musical processes and ditto scores. This complexity and diversity requires a highly adapted and specialized approach in studying method, not only in its theoretical background, but especially in its practical application. Living Scores Learn (LS Learn) seeks to innovate the practice and performance of contemporary music by developing and improving the accessibility of tailor-made study trajectories in which LS Learn exploits technical possibilities: by the development of specific tools which allow to integrate the results of analysis into the studying practice and by constructing a digital platform which presents the trajectories and accomplishes interaction between different performers. In this way LS Learn lowers the threshold to perform contemporary music for students and performers and leads to an innovative and interactive learning strategy for Schools of arts and Music Departments of Universities and a supporting platform for the current artistic practice.

A Voice for Vocal Training

Koor&Stem in cooperation with ECA-EC
Presented by: Lucille Lamaker & Sonja Greiner
10:15 - 10:30

The project 'A voice for vocal training' (part of the European cooperation project VOICE) departed from the question: How can choirs, choral organisations and primary education join forces and make every school a ‘singing school’? The answer was found through a research into good practice examples of small and large scale singing initiatives, organized by the choral world, educational organizations and cultural partners in the whole of Europe. These good practice examples were made available to a broader network through new publications and training material for teachers, training events, a new website for teachers and international network events. In this way, it was possible to reach out to representatives of the choral world, world of education, music and cultural organisations, music schools and socio-cultural organisations in the whole of Europe.

A Minute of Listening for Bristol

Sound and Music
Presented by: Judith Robinson
10:30 - 10:45

For a taster, please take a look at this video, which shows a teacher in Bristol making brilliantly creative use of Minute of Listening to inspire an afternoon of classroom activities. https://youtu.be/xwz_WZhOE3k.

There are 112 primary schools across Bristol, some of which currently do very little or no music education. Minute of Listening is incredibly democratic: it is designed for whole classes of children to experience together (including children with no other music education or experience), and may be delivered by a non-music-specialist teacher. It can also be used to support other areas of the school curriculum, such as developing communication, cognitive, mindfulness and teamwork skills, as well as to explore topic areas such as the natural world, cities or other cultures. The presenter wants to share some examples of its use and also use it as a way to illustrate a model of partnership working that is very important.

Ukelila: An Aural and Artistic Approach to Music in a Context of Diversity

Musica, Impulse Centre for Music
Presented by: Hans Van Regenmortel
10:45 - 11:00

The Ukelila project combines the emancipatory effects of a school orchestra with exploring new approaches to music by taking a radically artistic and aural stance in a context of diversity. The project reaches 350 children from 3rd tot 6th grade in 4 primary schools in the Belgian province of Limburg.  Ukelila combines social aims with innovation in music pedagogy. Interweaving human interaction with artistic creation, Ukelila regards the difference between music as an aim and music as goal irrelevant.  In this educational adventure the focus is rather on musicality than on music, the latter being the expectable outcome of the first. With a focus on listening, communication, embodiment and musical intelligence, the Ukelila project opens new artistic and didactic horizons.

Mini Blind Date

MATRIX [New Music Centre]
Presented by: Rebecca Diependaele
11:15 - 11:30

Mini Blind Date is a unique concert format, developed by MATRIX [New Music Centre] in collaboration with concert hall Handelsbeurs (Ghent, Belgium), to stimulate the appreciation and performance by non-professional musicians of contemporary music. For this annual concert, MATRIX selects 5 to 7 music school teachers to be part of the program. Each teacher prepares a pieces of contemporary music (repertoire or newly created) with one or more of his/her pupils. The concert hall provides a professional context for the pieces to be performed. The concert is free, but the program isn’t announced in advance. Between the pieces, a journalist conducts short interviews with the performers, their teachers and members of the audience. This is to encourage an active, unprejudiced and reflective listening experience.

More information (in Dutch) and videos at www.matrix-new-music.be/mini-blind-date