Thursday, 21 November 2013

Bennett Reimer (1932-2013)

The isme community mourns the death of Prof Bennett Reimer. Prof Reimer was highly regarded across the globe as a scholar and music educator who was an exemplary advocate for music education. He will be remembered for his enormous contribution to the development of the philosophy of music  education, his vision for the centrality of music to education, and his generous mentorship of colleagues.

In Memory of Bennett Reimer

In Memory of Bennett Reimer

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Translation help/ Bonn Declaration

Dear member and friends of the EMC,
we are proud to announce that the Bonn Declaration on Music Education is now
available in French
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The Bonn Declaration examines how the UNESCO Seoul Agenda, Goals for the
Development of Arts Education
>  can be applied to the field of music in Europe. It reflects common
focal points for the development of music education in Europe. It
acknowledges the principle of subsidiarity and calls upon political decision
makers at local, regional, national and European level to define common
policies that promote the development of music education in Europe at all
levels and to put these policies into practice. On the other hand, it is
directed at music education institutions and music education practitioners
themselves, offering them a matrix for self-reflection, reviewing the goals
and checking whether they are applicable.
We would also like to turn to you with a request to help in translating the
Declaration to your own language. In doing so, you would greatly help the
EMC in further disseminating the Bonn Declaration throughout Europe.
If you are able to help, please get in touch with us to coordinate
translations and we will be happy to assist you in every possible way.
Thank you in advance and best regards,
The EMC Team

European Music Council
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Monday, 18 November 2013

ISME Sistema SIG News Update #17

Dear Colleagues,

A bumper news update today – some really good reading, things to look at and exciting events happening!

ISME thanks to everyone who has submitted presentations and posters for the conference next year. If you haven't already done so, you have one day left to submit!!!!

Global The long anticipated Worldwide Literature Review of Sistema and Sistema-Inspired Programmes is now available for FREE download from it is well worth the read!

Eric Booth and Tricia Tunstall  have written a fascinating essay on Sistema: also well worth the read!!!

England Sistema Inspired programmes will feature throughout the day at the ISM's international conference from April 15th (evening) through to April 17th in Birmingham. for further information.

Sistema Europe: Thanks to Etienne Abelin from Superar Switzerland who has posted this clip of the Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra from the summer:

Paraguay Landfill Harmonic is also worth 15 minutes of your time if you haven't seen them before: Thanks again to Etienne for providing this link.

Ireland: Many congratulations to Dorothy Conaghan of the National Concert Hall Primary Strings Outreach Project, who has been awarded The Mary Kelly Scholarship by University College Dublin for the length and depth of outstanding lifetime achievement in promoting equality in the area of music education. This Scholarship is awarded to one Equality Studies student/ researcher each year who has demonstrated an outstanding record of activism for equality and social justice. The award is competitive and international and is given in recognition of exceptional achievement.  

And great news for Limerick: Their Sing Out with Strings gala concert will be taking place in the University Concert Hall at the University of Limerick on Wednesday 11th June. The concert is part of the official events for Ireland's first City of Culture, which will be held in Limerick for 2014. Maybe another chance for some of us to meet?

Croatia El Sistema day in Lisinski Concert Hall. Carmen Hiti "Sistem of children and youth orchestras" is going ahead with this project on the 8th November 2014. The agreement has been signed with the Concert hall and she is writing to the patron – the Croatian president - to fix it in his diary. Carmen says 'come whatever may this event will happen! She is planning to have a seminar on Sistema methodology for her teachers in which she may be able to include other ("younger") musicians from Sistema-inspired programmes. (Sadly, it is highly likely that I will not be able to join you personally owing to another event that has to take place at the same time – more on that in a future news update!).

Richard J Hallam MBE
Chair ISME Sistema SIG 2012/2014
mobile 07850 634 239
phone 01908 690078

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Interview with Dr. Eckart Altenmüller, keynote speaker #isme2014

ISME 2014 – Porto Alegre, Brazil
Interview with Dr. Eckart Altenmüller, keynote speaker

Dr. Eckart Altenmüller, world-renowned performing arts medicine physician, will serve as one of the keynote speakers at the 2014 ISME World Conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  Gail Berenson, chair of the Musicians' Health and Wellness SIG (special interest group) interviewed Dr. Altenmüller, offering ISME members a glimpse into his life and some personal insights about this remarkable individual.

Dr. Altenmüller, you are a world-renowned and respected physician in the field of performing arts medicine.  We are honored that you will be serving as one of our keynote speakers at the 2014 ISME World Conference.  Tell us a little about your extensive background in music and what ultimately influenced you to choose the field of performing arts medicine as a career.

I come from a family with 8 siblings and I am the youngest. All my brothers and sisters made music and I started to play the piano at age 6 and flute at age 8. Our house was full of music and when I was 16 I wanted to become a professional musician. However, my parents were somewhat skeptical about a musician career and so they convinced that I should study "something real". That is the reason why I started with medicine. But my wish to play music became stronger and stronger, and therefore, two years later, I decided to study additionally music. I finished my doctoral degree in medicine in 1983 and my music studies with a major in German flute and a concert diploma in 1985. Already at that time I did research into the brain mechanisms of music perception and into the influence of music on our brain wiring. After 1985 I decided to become a neurologist, since I believe that the brain is the most fascinating organ of our body. I was trained in the Neurological Department of the University of Tübingen and continued to do research into brain plasticity after injuries, furthermore into changes of the brain due to music instruction. The latter work I did in collaboration with my colleague Wilfried Gruhn from the Music Pedagogy department in Freiburg. During all the time, my musicians friends continued to ask me for medical advice and that is how I realized that there was an urgent need in knowledge concerning prevention of musicians injuries. In 1994 finally I had to wonderful and unique opportunity to join the faculty of the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media and to establish an institute dedicated to research, prevention and treatment in performing arts medicine. 

Do you still continue to practice and perform?

Yes, I still play and continue to practice and perform, and I consider this as an important part of my private and my professional live.  If one really wants to understand all the pressures, but also the joys, a musician experiences, you have to give concerts in a professional way.  

Knowing what a powerful and pioneering advocate you have been for musician wellness, how do you think performing arts medicine has evolved over the past decade and do you see evidence that administrators, fellow physicians and musicians are beginning to recognize how crucial this subject is to everyone? 
I am very happy with the development of the last twenty years. A lot has happened, there are well established Performing Arts Medicine Associations in the USA, in Germany, France, UK, the Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland and new associations continue to be founded, for example two years ago last year in Austria and this year in Ireland. Furthermore, music conservatoires and musicians become more and more aware of prevention of musicians' problems, and I am very happy that ISME is now also taking initiative to augment knowledge in this field.

What role do you feel universities should play in educating music majors about healthy music making?  How might this be accomplished?
Universities have a crucial role in promoting students health and in providing students with techniques to prevent injuries, overuse, burn-out and self-exploitation. I think all music universities should offer at least one practical course on health management and one theoretical course in prevention and "healthy musicianship". it is the more important, since students are the future teachers, and they are going to multiply knowledge and to transfer it to the youngest. And as I always say, the beginners need the best informed teachers! 

Do you perceive integration between your work in healthcare and your life as a musician?   In other words, do you see art in the practice of medicine, and do you see health science in the performance of music?

Yes, I feel that these two fields are complementary. A good musician is a therapist, since she/he can not only communicate emotions and give sense of meaning to other people, but also communicate body awareness, sense of wellbeing, proper breathing. Musicians can be models for the art to deal with the body, since their bodies are their instruments. On the other hands doctors can try to communicate emotions as musicians do, they can consider their work as an art, as a skillful and empathic activity and they need to listen to the patients as musicians do with their fellows in chamber music or in a choir. It is not by chance that the Ancient Greeks unified both arts in one God, Apollo. 

What do you consider to be the most critical wellness information that teachers should be communicating to their students?
Students should listen to their bodies and they should learn to control bodily and psychological tensions.  And they should learn to stop practicing in the right moment - most music students tend to practice too long! 

What direction is your research currently taking? 
We are mainly working on the prevention of chronic pain and overuse by investigating and promoting healthy practice. Furthermore we work on the treatment and prevention of a condition called "Musician's Dystonia". This is a loss of fine motor abilities in trained musicians, due to overuse and genetic factors.  

Of the patients you see, do you notice any particular trends in the types of injuries that they are experiencing?  Are the numbers increasing or decreasing?
This is a very interesting point. I observe, that our prevention programs in Germany are increasingly effective. When I started with this work, 20 years ago, I saw many more overuse injuries than nowadays. Furthermore, the patients were much more distressed and they had seen many doctors who could not help them. Nowadays, access to specialized health professional is provided almost all over Germany and there is a lot of knowledge in the musicians community.  I am sure that the ISME -network will contribute enormously to internationalize this positive trend! 

Monday, 4 November 2013

The launch event of the 31st ISME World Conference in São Paulo - Brazil

In October was held in São Paulo the launch event of the 31st  ISME World Conference - ISME Brazil 2014. The launch event of the conference brought together the Secretary of State for Culture , Marcelo Mattos Araujo , director of the British Council in São Paulo, Eric Klug , Liane Hentschke , coordinator of ISME 2014, and Katherine Zeserson , director of learning and participation of the Sage Gateshead , greater NGO young music world. Zeserson will also be a keynote speaker of the ISME 2014.