How much does politics matter? Correct choices for music education at the correct time. A research based on the views of music education teachers on cultural policy in Greece

In recent decades cultural policy has been the focus of discussion and decisions as it has become an effective tool for government and international organisation policy implementation. This research focuses on the effect of cultural policy implementation by means of European and international organisations’ decisions. Institutional and practical impact on music education in Greece was thoroughly researched, the meaning of “practical” being the views and perceptions of music educators in primary education, that is those asked to realise the relevant policies.

Presented by Maria Argyriou (Greek Association of Primary Music Education Teachers)

Cooperation between schools and music schools – an Austrian Model

The Austrian Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture published a decree in December 2013 which resulted in a set of regulations and advice for cooperation projects between public schools and music schools in all Austrian regions. This edict gives answers to questions such as “how is cooperation between different types of teachers and institutions possible?” or “how can such projects be financed?” The production of this brochure was the result of a strategy which included all advocacy groups, public school and music school organisations and decision makers of the Austrian government. The examples used in this presentation will be taken from cooperation projects between schools and music schools promoted by the “Music Festival of Diversity” which is organised by the Austrian Music Council together with the Austrian UNESCO Commission.

Presented by Harald Huber (Austrian Music Council)

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The French model of territorial cultural development: context, challenges and opportunities

France has a unique structure for the development and support of music/culture, built up over several decades and based on a strong political will. The process of decentralisation and transformations in society has disturbed this well established canvas of development, support and mediation for music and artists, with local authorities taking ownership, internalising services and transferring tasks to public institutions. The presentation aims to give some thoughts on this re-structuring, current transformations and opportunities brought by change, for example considering a Service of General Interest for Culture (SGIC).

Presented by Stephane Grosclaude (Plate-forme Interregionale)

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Music and Noise: Towards a Politics of Sound Ecology

This contribution argues for an ecological way of listening. It reflects on the possibilities and pitfalls of artificial sound production in an attempt to uncover the primary role and function of the auditory apparatus and the mechanisms behind listening behaviours that deal with acoustic stimuli in the zone of discomfort. Conditions and learning goals are formulated to intervene in the kind of music that is supplied to common listeners and in the way they deal with this supply.

Presented by Mark Reybrouck (Flemish Music Council, University of Leuven)

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See the complete Paperhere.