Mandy is a Life Member, Association of Music Educators (aMuse), curriculum writer and sessional Lecturer, Deakin University
We will be discussing the topic of music education and wellbeing as one of our weekly online chat topics in the next few weeks. To take part join our Musical Futures chat group here
The notion of wellbeing as a part of music education can be implied in many settings including those schools using the Musical Futures approach. But it is an issue that tends not to be spoken about explicitly, and so I thought I’d have a shot at it.
We advocate for music education for all sorts of reasons. They can tend to veer away from a focus on the music-maker. I want to reclaim the world of the music maker in education and to provide a reason for that. Firstly, I’m providing a couple of advocacy statements from the perspective of music makers. This year, the members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra have been asked to talk about what music means to them:
"The world is ever rotating and there is little meaning except for music. It’s a novel pursuit in many ways, but for me it sets the standard for everything". Satu Vanska
"Playing music is when I feel most alive. I love the joy of trying to create and communicate this, and the freedom of self-expression". Glenn Christensen
And another statement from the composer and broadcaster, Andrew Ford who presents music from every conceivable genre in his much loved Music Show on Radio National:
"Music ‘lies too deep for words’".
It is the similar experiences with music that we, as educators have, that forge our careers in music education, so that we can share those incredible experiences of music with others.
How might such deep experiences with music happen?
Aboriginal people all know this. They all live this. Opera singer and composer, Deborah Cheetham says:
"For Indigenous Australians, the Arts are the most powerful way we can know and give meaning to the world around us. For thousands of generations we have passed on all knowledge of geography, the sciences, medicine and humanity through visual and performing arts. The Arts have never been a luxury, rather a necessity. Our culture is our knowledge. Our knowledge is our survival. It is ‘The Art of Belonging’ and it is for everyone".
I am Musical
Musical Futures employs many of the strategies suggested below:
Musical Futures has been selected to be a part of HundrED 2017, as one of the most inspiring innovations in K12 education.
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