Thursday, 27 June 2013

The First International Conference of Dalcroze Studies

The First International Conference of Dalcroze Studies


Coventry University UK, 24-26 July 2013


This event is part of the centenary celebrations of the London School of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. It will extend our understanding of Dalcroze Eurhythmics – and the relationships between music and movement more generally – from practice-based, pedagogical, phenomenological, empirical, neuro-scientific, philosophical, theoretical and historical perspectives. Connections to music performance, composition and therapy, as well as theatre, dance and the visual arts will be addressed by a wide variety of practitioners and researchers from all over the world.


For more information, go to:


Confirmed keynote speakers

Prof. Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, University of Oregon, USA

Prof. Louise Mathieu, Université Laval, Canada

Dr Selma Odom (Professor Emerita), York University, Canada

Dr Katie Overy, University of Edinburgh, UK

Dr Joan Pope OAM, Dalcroze Australia


There will be more than 80 separate events running in parallel: papers, workshops, symposia, performances and poster sessions. We will also present the exhibition Emile Jaques-Dalcroze: Music in Movement for the first time in the UK.


To book, go to:


Delegate fee- £120 (includes lunch & refreshments)





Association des Amis de Jaques-Dalcroze

The Dalcroze Society UK

Fondation Emile Jaques-Dalcroze


For information please visit the website or contact Julia Baron, 02476 888236 (email

Sunday, 23 June 2013

ISME Sistema SIG News Update #10

Just three pieces of news in this edition, but one of them has a
deadline so here is the latest news update from colleagues

ISME World Conference: Port Alegre, Brazil. July 20 to 25 2014.
Information on the SIG can be found here: and further information
about the conference is here:

2014 Conference Call for Presenters
2014 Conference Call for Performing Groups
2014 Conference Commission Seminars Calls
Paper Submission Guidelines

Do please also let me know if you are applying to take a Performing
Group, put in a Paper or a Poster related to Sistema.

Canada: Thanks and congratulations to Theodora and the young musicians
for these items: 1) Montreal Gazette: Making Music to Forge a
Community By Peggy Curran
and 2) on Daybreak Show/CBC Radio One

Look at photos and then scroll down and view video of the Toy Symphony

USA: Harmony Stockton is looking for a LEAD STRING TEACHER AND
COORDINATOR OF HARMONY STOCKTON. Further details are available from
Jane Kenworthy (209) 951-0196
APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 15, 2013 or until filled, for employment at
earliest availability—target start date: August 15, 2013. This is
initially a one-year position, with possibilities for longer-term
renewal pending performance and development of the program.

Richard J Hallam MBE

m 07850 634 239

fax and office phone 01908 690078

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Dramatic reduction imminent for music in New Zealand one year teacher training

Dramatic reduction imminent for music in New Zealand one year teacher training


I 'play' ~ with 7

For children's sake, draw back hammer, pick, bow or diaphragm in readiness for meaning far deeper than research.


Let children speak in music, synapse 'click', their beings flow


I play and I dream, and I see good about me. When I play music I am within and outside the most productive me.


When I move in my music, I am rhythms of the world, its cultures, personification of codes and knowledge through genre-ridden sounds of olden times and freshest mode.


As I numerate it is rhyme, and when I interpret physical landscapes they are emboldened as sounds familiar to heart and mind, just as jammers and improvisers encapsulate, time over time.


When I take up a pencil for sketching plan of house or cloth, I happily fall to forms of music and understandings of strictures, thrusting negotiated space(s), surprising ends, elongated phrase, and textured design.


When I gauge complexities of another's harmony, be it cultural or soft wear, grudgingly at times, I can acknowledge reciprocity through music's creative wiles; begin with Pythagorean logic.


New people are intuitively understood as multiple tone colours, degrees of colour façade and expression as dynamic relationship unfolds. As drama plays on stage, city-street, or in political chamber hear textures of people weave and juxtapose as melody. Their nuance, garb and utterance blended as telephone wires in howling storm, or the tranquillity New Zealand bird songs enriching already sumptuous podocarpaceae.


The skill as musician matters not, just know my being is most vibrant when music speaks and calls at me through act of playing. Music, demonstrably my most potent thought resource provokes expression to words and number, so that more might understand alternative realities.  


The point.

Heavy the collar and shame from current intent to soon tick off unsound manifestation of student musical growth as


Seven hours of voice to share 'I play', to empower the art with those emerging, a nation's teachers.


What is the hope? There is no need to beguile community or child by 7, gained through opaque lens of 'I play' in learning, life and being. Speak out as guardians of life empowering music, beyond 7.


A postlude for those who will decide!

Walk and listen. It will likely be no more than 300 paces before a music will assail, lift your spirit, calm a deepest fear. You may not play as some, but ponder the wellbeing on every pavement in our nation's future. What new and old musics might give rise to pride?

                                    It need not be 'Ctrl Alt', or '' delete from just 12 to 7!


Dr Errol Moore

Senior Lecturer: University of Otago College of Education

Chair: Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa

Board Member: Australia and New Association of Music Education Research







What can you do

in seven hours?


Read the latest Dan Brown blockbuster novel.


Watch a stew cook in a slow cooker.


Sit on an aeroplane taking you to Perth.


Get a good night's sleep.


And, apparently,

learn how to teach music to schoolchildren.


Someone's got to be kidding!

Music doesn't matter.


"That's why, in New Zealand, we don't go to Classical Music concerts."

Except that 12% of the population does go to Classical Music concerts.


"That's why, in New Zealand, we don't go to Popular Music Concerts."

Except that 1/3 of the population does go to Popular Music Concerts.


"That's why we don't go to performances of opera or music theatre."

Except that 23% of the population does go to performances of opera or music theatre.


"That's why we don't spend money on music."

Except that we spend $2.8 million a week, $145 million a year on music.


Music doesn't matter.

That's why 7 hours training is enough to help our teachers develop musical skills and understanding in our children.


It's obviously what the community wants.


Data from A Measure of Culture: Cultural experiences and cultural spending in New Zealand. Statistics NZ and Ministry for Culture and Heritage, 2003





How long would it take to train someone to teach an untranslatable language to New Zealand schoolchildren?

Well, let's see. . . .

Mmm. . . .


Obviously, enough time for the person to learn and understand the language herself. . .

Obviously, enough time for the person to develop skills appropriate to this difficult task. . .

Maybe four or five years?

Three years if she's really bright and talented?


Hey, we can do it here at Otago



The language is music.



Blair Professor: John Drummond

Past Chair: International Society of Music Education and Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa

[SEMPRE Conference] Researching Music, Technology & Education: critical insights

STOP PRESS / Save the dates: Conference Announcement & Call for Papers


SEMPRE Conference

Researching Music, Technology & Education: critical insights

3-4 April 2014


International Music Education Research Centre (iMerc)
Institute of Education, University of London


Conference Chairs:     Dr Evangelos Himonides, iMerc

                                    Dr Andrew King, University of Hull


Keynote speakers:      Professor Ian Cross, University of Cambridge

                                    Professor David Howard, University of York



Following the great success of its inaugural conference held by the University of Hull in 2010, this two-day conference will be hosted by the Department of Culture, Communication & Media, Institute of Education, University of London.


Although the 'musicking' humanity has been reliant on technology from the very beginning of its musical 'journey', we cannot deny that, nowadays, technology changes, develops, and its role is being redefined at a dramatically greater rate. This SEMPRE conference aims to celebrate technology's challenging role(s) and provide a platform for critical discourse and the presentation of scholarly work in the broader fields of digital technologies in:

      music composition and creation

      music performance

      music production (recording, studio work, archival and/or communication of music)

      diverse musical genres (e.g. popular, classical, world, etc.)


      real world praxial contexts (e.g. classroom, studio, etc.)

      assessment of musical development and/or assessment of performance

      computational musicology

      special educational contexts/needs


The conference will provide opportunities for colleagues to present and discuss ideas in a friendly and supportive environment, as well as to provide a meeting point for academics, scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are seeking to form connections and synergies with participants from around the world. The event will include 20 minute spoken paper presentations, poster presentations, workshops, open dialogue sessions, as well as two keynote addresses from renowned scholars (more details will become available on the SEMPRE website shortly).

Submissions for both spoken papers and posters will be structured in short-paper format (500 words, maximum) and include the following information:

1. Title

2. Submission to be considered for Paper or Poster

3. Author's full name (First, Last)

4. Author's Affiliation

5. Author's Country

6. Author's Email Address

[repeat  points 3 to 6 for each individual author]

7. Abstract

8. Keyword 1, Keyword 2, Keyword 3

9. Aims

10. Methods

11. Outcomes

12. Implications (could be combined with 'Outcomes', above)

13. Acknowledgements (only if applicable, should you need to acknowledge a funding body or other body and/or individual whose support has been vital)

14. Three key references *only* (please use the American Psychological Association-APA version 6 referencing style)


All accepted, peer refereed papers will be included in a dedicated paperback volume, under the SEMPRE Conference Series imprint, published by the International Music Education Research Centre. The volume will be fully indexed and become available on all major bookstores and retailers. All conference delegates will receive a printed copy as part of their conference registration.

Some authors will be invited to contribute expanded versions of their papers for a forthcoming edited volume by a leading publisher in the field; further details will become available online (SEMPRE website) soon.


Submissions will open on 1 September 2013, on the SEMPRE website.

The hard deadline for submissions will be 31 December 2013.


For further information, please contact:

Dr Evangelos Himonide
Institute of Education
University of London
20, Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

[Deadline extended] Third Annual Conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland

3rd Annual Conference of The Society for Music Education in Ireland: The Music Education Gathering 2013 takes place 1-3 November 2013 at St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra (Dublin).  This unique event brings together the largest forum of international and national speakers on Music Education held in Ireland since the mid-1990s, including David Elliot (Canada/US), Harry White (Ireland), Sheila Woodward (South Africa/US), Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin (Ireland), Marie McCarthy (Ireland/US) and Keith Swanwick (UK). Representing the third annual conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland, The Music Education Gathering 2013 will include keynote papers, music making workshops, showcase concerts, research papers and informal music happenings.  It will coincide with The Fidelio Trio Winter Music Festival, also at St Patrick's College 1-3 November featuring the London-based world renowned ensemble The Fidelio Trio with special guests.

Further details, including instructions for submission of proposals can be viewed on the SMEI website

Please note that the submission deadline has been extended to 31 July 2013

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

ISME Sistema SIG News Update #9

ISME Sistema SIG News Update #9

ISME World Conference Port Alegre, Brazil, July 20 to 25 2014. I recently reported the following key issues to the ISME board – I would welcome your thoughts and contributions on these and any other Sistema-related topic.

Key issues

·         Ensuring coherence with other aspects of ISME's organisation – commissions, forums other SIGs

·         Getting performance groups to 2014 conference

·         Getting contributions to 2014 conference 'right'

·         Developing active contributions by more people to the SIG

·         Sharing practice most effectively

·         Clarifying 'what is Sistema-inspired'

Do also let me know what you think of our presence on the ISME website

Worldwide! The Sistema Global Literature Review is underway, led by an international team of researchers who are also ISME members. Their analysis will provide a solid research foundation of what information the El Sistema-inspired field outside of Venezuela has and doesn't have. All programmes are urged to send their information including any evaluation data or instruments or aspirations to Don't delay; the research is underway.

Scotland: UK National Health Service to study new Sistema Scotland orchestra Sistema Scotland has just established its second Big Noise orchestra centre in the Govanhill area of Glasgow (official launch concert next month!), and we are very pleased that an NHS body called the Glasgow Centre for Population Health has decided to conduct a major piece of work on the orchestra's impact on the community.

Venezuela: In case you missed this announcement, here is the official link: Venezuela to Expand Its El Sistema Music Program - Simon Bolivar ...Venezuela to Expand Its El Sistema Music ProgramVenezuelanalysis.comThe El Sistema model has been adopted around Latin America and Europe.


And this link takes you to a number of short videos, which you may find helpful: El Sistema - YouTube El Sistema, the network of Venezuelan Youth Orchestras, is an inspiration to people from ...


Finally, here is 17 mins of Maestro Abreu accepting the TED prize in 2009 The El Sistema music revolution – Jose Antonio Abreu The El Sistema music revolution – Jose Antonio Abreu. 05/30/2013. Category: 2009, Art, Culture, History, Knowledge, Music, Society, Thought, Wisdom ...


Canada: Thanks to Theodora for the following news update:  Congratulations to this year's successful CMEA/ACME research proposal applicants!

Dr. Francine Morin: University of Manitoba Understanding the impact of an El Sistema-Inspired after school orchestral music program on the academic, social and musical development of children and their community.


Dr. Valerie Peters and her research group: Universite de Laval

To gain an explicit understanding of the music teacher working conditions in Quebec. To propose collective and organizational solutions for the music teacher's everyday challenges.


'El Sistema'-inspired orchestral youth training partnership announced Vancouver Sun One of the most successful new ideas in music education is El Sistema ("The System"), an orchestral youth training initiative firmly rooted in two core ideas: That music is for everyone regardless of income and background; and that quality music ...


USA: Now there's a thought! If Sistema-inspired programmes are really social action programmes through excellence in music, how much do we reach out to our local communities? Here is one idea from the USA Five Things: El Sistema Concert, Somerville by Design in East ... Also, you've got a few days to apply for a free membership to a Union Square gym.


North America: The June issue of The Ensemble includes a lovely article from a 16-year-old reporter, writing about El Sistema-inspired learning from the students' point of view. Enjoy meeting Rodas Hailu and her student interviewees. Read it here



Richard J Hallam MBE

Chair ISME Sistema SIG 2012 to 2014

mobile 07850 634 239

office phone 01908 690078