Dear Colleagues, Dr Don Devito has asked me to extend an invitation to you to consider coming to the ISME Commission for Community Music Activity
INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR, July 9 – 13, 2012,
Ionian University, Kerkira (Corfu), Greece
We invite submissions from community music researchers and practitioners that serve populations in this region. This year’s seminar will include the opportunity to network and engage with community musicians from throughout the Asian/Pacific region with an opportunity for collaborative experiences beyond the seminar. Questions to Consider:
What are the foundations of community music ensembles and services in this region?
What similarities and differences can be found that highlight the unique nature of this region yet may hold areas that can connect with community music practice in a global network?
What are some examples of community music practice and research in current music programs in this area of the world?
Just a gentle reminder that abstracts for the following Special Issue of the International Journal of Community Music on Community Music in the Asia Pacific Region are due in one week (1 March 2011).
This special issue of IJCM will showcase the work of community musicians in the Asia Pacific Region. The publication of this special issue coincides with the recent establishment of the ISME CMA Asia Pacific Community Music Network. This network serves as a vehicle for activating relationships, developing cross-cultural partnerships, and disseminating research about community music in this region. See attached for more details.
New initiatives for DIScoveringABILITIES in China & Pakistan
Profiles on Increasing ISME CMA Representation and Engagement from Low to Medium HDI Countries.
Cassie Liu and the Hui Long Center: Cassie Liu is director of the Beijing, China Hui Long Center which assists people with learning disabilities in life skills as well as arts instruction. They will be receiving a Logitech Camera thanks to a Foundation for Success grant applied for and received by Dr. Donald DeVito of the Sidney Lanier Center a public school that serves children with disabilities in Gainesville, Florida, USA. The internet camera is being sent to the Hui Long Center this week, which when combined with Skype will allow for the sharing of expertise, ideas, and shared arts experiences between both of these centers as several ISME CMA related projects and members such as the Asian Pacific Community Music Network, DIScovering ABILITIES and Jam2Jam projects.
Arthur Gill: The International Society for Music Education’s commission for Community Music Activity has engaged in a project to increase the membership and participation of practitioners in low and medium HDI countries. This participation is designed to be made possible through the sharing of techniques to increasing self sufficiency through shared social captal and training in the writing of grants. Arthur Gill, choir director of the Special Education Centre for People with Visual and Physical Handicaps in Gujrat, Pakistan has been engaging in this project with ISME CMA chair, Read the rest of this entry »
Proposals for research articles and project reports should be e-mailed to Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, Steve Dillon and Sam Leong no later than 1 March 2011, and include a 250-500 word abstract, the title of the proposed article, a brief biography (200 words max), and the contact details of the author. Authors will be notified of the outcome of their proposals by the end of March 2011. If successful, the full articles and project reports would need to be submitted by the end of June 2011.
Three pics from a skype performance at Tacachale- an adult facility for people with disabilities in the care of the state. One is with Thomas Johnston from Limerick in Ireland and the other two are from David Nkosi’s school ensemble in South Africa. Thomas and Don Devito are jamming on flutes together. Mine is Brazilian and his is a traditional Irish flute.
This book is essential reading for those studying or practicing music in communities. The book provides examples from Internationally renowned practitioners and merges these examples against public health models of resilience.
The chapters in this book form a persuasive chorus of social practices that advocate the use of music to build a capacity for resilience in individuals and groups. As a whole they exemplify music projects that share common features aligned with an ecological view of reform in health, education and social work systems. Internationally renowned and early career academics have collaborated with practitioners to sing “Songs of Resilience”; some of which are narratives that report on the effects of music practices for a general population, and some are based on a specific approach, genre or service. Others are quite literally “songs” that demonstrate aspects of resilience in action. The book makes the connection between music and resilience explicit by posing the following questions—Do music projects in education, health and social services build a measurable capacity for resilience amongst individuals? Can we replicate these projects’ outcomes to develop a capacity for resilience in diverse cultural groups? Does shared use of the term “resilience” help to secure funding for innovative musical activities that provide tangible health, education and social outcomes? Read the rest of this entry »
The DIScoveringABILITIES Project is uniting us in music. Led by Dr Don Devito Chair of the Community Music Activities Commission of ISME the project is undertaking a series of Interactive Global Jams using acoustic instruments on Skype and the electronic jam2jam system to perform over the Internet and between people in different countries.
Hi everyone from Phil Mullen , on my first ever blog. I just want to say I am excited and inspired by the developmeny of a community music network in the Asian Pacific region.
When I trained on what I believe was the first official community music training course back in 1985 myself and my fellow students thought we were the only community musicians in the world. Obviously we weren’t but like everyone else we were isolated in our own bubble. Now we can all share our ideas and give each other support from all across the world, which is pretty cool.