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Charles Roy Baguio is Dean of the College of Science and Arts of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation in Cebu, Philippines. Within the umbrella of the college is the AB Music Program Department which partnered with Magnus Creative Music Inc. in hosting the 1st International Applied Music Education Conference in the Philippines last January 20-24, 2020 which highlighted Musical Futures Workshops.
The following is a transcript of Dean Baguio's welcome speech which he gave at the opening of the conference session in Cebu and which resonated completely with the ethos and approach of Musical Futures International. Many thanks to Dean Baguio for allowing us to publish it here.
It is indeed a privilege to welcome you who are artists and educators from different parts of the country and even from abroad to the first International Applied Music Education Conference in the Philippines or IAMEC. This year's conference theme “Making Real Music in the Classroom: International Perspectives and Methods in Music Pedagogy for 21st Century Learners” is a statement of the desire to teach your students how to produce real, quality music in the classroom and how to make it relevant, interesting and updated for the learners of the 21st century.
And this conference becomes an avenue for the valuable exchange of perspectives across the globe with the help of our very able and generous resource speakers.
Every art is evolving, and music and education are not exceptions to that; hence, the need for events like this conference to continuously equip further our music educators and practitioners of new trends, skills, methods as well as avenues for the sharing of best practices in the field that could further make our endeavours more productive.
Definitely, music education has been, and must continue to be outcomes-based. Students shall not progress to the next level unless they can do what they are expected to do and learn what they are expected to learn and show these competencies in actual demonstration. But as educators we must also be able to sustain the interest of our students so that even when the going gets tough, they will persevere in their pursuit for excellence in the field.
The University of Southern Philippines Foundation is happy to host the venue of the first IAMEC and be a part of an important first” in the field of music. I am hopeful, as well as everybody else in this room, that we will all have a fruitful exchange and go back to our mother institutions with some fresh insights on how to be a better practitioner and educator of music.
Furthermore, I hope that we will not only develop skilful musicians, but skilful musicians with a good attitude. May this first IAMEC be followed by many more IAMECs in the future, be participated by many more, and contribute a lot more to the development in the field.
USPF welcomes you to the first IAMEC and may God bless many more artists and educators with the grace to be collaborators of the development of their gifts and those of others according to the greater purpose for which these are given. Have a learning-filled and enjoyable two-day conference, and thanks to the conference organisers for all the effort
Our next 2 day Music Together conference, delivered in partnership with Charanga will be Muzik Bersama (Music Together), Kuala Lumpur April 24th and 25th 2020 at IGB International School. Please register for our newsletter for details of forthcoming events and you can express your interest in attending or hosting workshops in Asia here.
Despite the rumblings of the Taal volcano just a few days before our workshops, we were thrilled that so many delegates made it along to our 2 day open workshops held at The British School, Manila delivered in partnership with Charanga. We were warmly welcomed by our hosts Jane and Boyet and it was lovely to also be able to work with a class of Year 6 students to model a Musical Futures lesson. All delegates were given a free 3 month trial of Charanga for international schools and free access to all Musical Futures International resources for use in their classrooms.
As well as a great 2 days spent exploring both Musical Futures and Charanga, a highlight was our first night banquet where delegates experienced unlimited local and international food - a great opportunity to get to know each other better and to make new friends.
Huge thanks to everyone who joined us!
Our European workshops take place in October/November and January each year. Please register for our newsletter for details of forthcoming locations and you can express your interest in attending or hosting workshops in Europe here
The stunning location of La Storta, Rome, Italy was the backdrop to 2 days of Introductory workshops hosted by Darren and James at St George's British International School. With delegates travelling in from across Italy as well as from further afield, we spent 2 days playing, creating and exploring music and learning together. It was great to be able to set up a new network of Italian schools all set to collaborate on new projects as a result and to have the opportunity to join an orchestra rehearsal at the end of day 1!
Huge thanks to everyone who joined us at the workshops and to staff and students at St George's for having us!
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