Research Seminar Announcement

The Different Hearing project and classroom composing in the Czech Republic

 Gabriela Vsetickova, Department of Music Education, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Tuesday 28 January 2014, 11.45-12.45pm, Room 541

Further details from Lucy Green, l.green2@ioe.ac.uk

  A presentation of the key concepts, principles and objectives, the creative means and forms of the Different Hearing project for creativity in music education and an outline of its position in the framework of the Czech system of music education.

The Different Hearing project is the first and still the only project in the Czech Republic focused on making music accessible in the form of children’s elementary composing. It ensued from the endeavour to transform music education into a subject within which creativity plays as significant a role as reproduction, and creating music is as crucial as performing it; and where everyone is afforded the opportunity to develop his or her abilities and skills irrespective of their previous musical and socio-cultural experience.

Established in 2001, the Different Hearing programme linked up to the conceptions of the British-German Response and Austrian Klangnetze projects. It was inspired by their methodology, emphasis on creativity and utilisation of non-musical elements, as well as team work during lessons. Each sound and each expression is deemed to be musical, each item is considered a musical instrument, spontaneous interaction between sounds is understood as improvisation, and temporal fixation of sounds and their subsequent reproduction as musical composition. 

Gabriela Vsetickova is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Music Education, Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic.  After MA studies in music education and history she completed her PhD in music education in 2011.  Besides music history (Czech music and music of the 20th century) her professional interest encompasses creative activities for children, especially classroom composing.  She has participated in the organisation and development of the Different Hearing project for creativity in music education since 2007. 

 

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