Orff Schulwerk Forum ‘Intercultural Music & Dance Education’

At the beginning of this month, I returned to the Carl Orff Institute in Salzburg to participate in the annual international Orff Schulwerk Forum. This year the theme was ‘Intercultural Music and Dance Education’. Over four days, I participated in many rich discussions around this theme wih Orff Schulwerk teachers from across the world. Together we explored:

The reasons and aims of Intercultural Music and Dance Education

The materials and their cultural context

Models of intercultural teaching and learning

I have always been very interested in intercultural education; it is something that I began to really think about many years ago and I have written and addressed aspects of this theme throughout my studies. I would like to explore further thoughts in my PG Certificate Project. My reading over the last few weeks has included:

  • Schippers, H. (2010). Facing the music: Shaping music education from a global perspective. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Rohan, T. (2011). Teaching music, learning culture: The challenge of culturally responsive music education A thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Music) at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

https://ourarchive.otago.ac.nz/bitstream/handle/10523/1865/RohanTracy2011PhD.pdf?sequence=3&isAllowed=y (accessed 28th June 2015)

  • Klopper, C. (2010). Intercultural musicianship: a collective and participatory form of music exchange across the globe  In Australian Journal of Music Education 2010:1 (48-57)
  • Schippers, H. (2006). ‘As if a little bird is sitting on your finger…’: Metaphor as a key instrument in training professional musicians  In International Journal of Music Education Volume 24 (3) 209-217

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