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Sixth International Symposium of Music Pedagogues

Music Pedagogy in the Context of Present and Future Changes

Topic: Music in School – State and Perspectives

Osijek, 11th – 13th April 2019

In focus there were topics related to the field of music pedagogy. We wanted to examine music teaching in general education school, the extracurricular music activities, propose new models for teaching music in music school and reflect about the music education for adults. The importance of music and music education for human general development is pointed out, as well as the importance of music education through history. The results of research in various musical fields and activities were presented.

The participants were from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, England, France, Hungary, Macedonia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, the USA, Slovenia and Serbia. Special guests at the symposium are prof. Dr. Tim Cain from Edge Hill University, Faculty of Education (United Kingdom) and prof. Christine C. Bass from Temple University, Boyer College of Music and Dance (Philadelphia, PA, USA). The areas of interest were:

  • Music pedagogy
  • Importance of music and music education for personal development
  • Music education throughout the history
  • Creative musical expression
  • Listening to music
  • Music lessons in school
  • Extracurricular musical activities
  • Learning music in music school
  • Adult music education
  • Music projects

In the Proceedings Music Pedagogy in the Context of Present and Future Changes 6 the authors focused on reflecting on the place of music in the National Framework Curriculum, on achieving quality of music lessons in general schools, on the possibility of improving music teach¬ing in music schools, on discussions on the importance of music for personal development, on the opportunities of applying the project teaching method in music education, and on the planning and implementation of extracurricular music activities in general and music schools. There are several thematic sections: The Challenges of Music Education, Music and Music Education in Primary, Secondary Schools and Precollege Institutions, Music Education in Higher Education, Learning Music in Music Schools, Adult Music Education, and Music Projects. The papers are interesting and useful for music teachers from all levels of education, and will encourage scholars in the field of music pedagogy to undertake some new the¬oretical thinking and new scientific research.

Fifth International Symposium of Music Pedagogues

Music Pedagogy in the Context of Present and Future Changes

Topic: Future of Music Teaching: Discourses on Pedagogy in Music

Pula, 18th – 20th May 2017

The fact is that the contemporary pedagogical aspirations go towards different integrated approach to education, overcoming the rigid division of different areas and disciplines and lead to their interdisciplinary connection. Networking, integrative learning and partnership become inevitable points of educational discourse. In focus there were questions about the status of pedagogy in the art and the benefits or limitations of their connection. We wanted to examine the point of view of musical pedagogues regarding the terms and objectives of music education, which are the possibilities for creating a dialogue between art and science, reconciling the logical and rational with intuitive, empirical with sensory. We were interested in finding models of cooperation of teachers, professors of different teaching and artistic subjects, examining the attitudes about modes of bridging the split between teaching music theory in general and music as art, as well as finding a possible common denominator for teaching music.
About sixty seven scientists and practitioners from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Croatia participated in the Symposium and the areas of interest were:

  • Music pedagogy research and approaches
  • Music projects
  • Cross-curricular models in teaching music 
  • Multimedia and e-learning
  • Music and society: phenomenological aspects.

The Proceedings Music Pedagogy in the Context of Present and Future Changes 5 is a collection of papers from the Fifth International Symposium of Music Pedagogues and includes 36 papers.

The fact is that the contemporary pedagogical aspirations go towards different integrated approach to education, overcoming the rigid division of different areas and disciplines and lead to their interdisciplinary connection. Networking, integrative learning and partnership become inevitable points of educational discourse. In focus there were questions about the status of pedagogy in the art and the benefits or limitations of their connection. We wanted to examine the point of view of musical pedagogues regarding the terms and objectives of music education, which are the possibilities for creating a dialogue between art and science, reconciling the logical and rational with intuitive, empirical with sensory. We were interested in finding models of cooperation of teachers, professors of different teaching and artistic subjects, examining the attitudes about modes of bridging the split between teaching music theory in general and music as art, as well as finding a possible common denominator for teaching music.

Fourth International Symposium of Music Pedagogues

Music Pedagogy in the Context of Present and Future Changes

Topic: Synthesis of the Traditional and Modern in Musical Education and Upbringing
of the 21st Century

Split, 15th – 17th May 2015

The theme framework has been chosen in accordance with two distinctive groups of scientists and pedagogues whose research papers address the theme either from a broader area, area of general music education or from a more narrow area of specialised music schools. The theme captures all aspects of the so-called „old“ and „new“ in music teaching whilst emphasising the necessity to respect good tradition and to find ways to link them with new demands and situation. Synthesis equally applies to synthesis of old and potentially new music contents and teaching methods that result from them as well as educational music principles based on modern ways of determing student learning outcomes.
About thirty five scientists and practitioners from Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Poland and Croatia participated in the Symposium and the areas of interest were:

  • Traditional „models“ or approaches to music teaching faced with modern challenges;
  • Music education component in the 21st century;
  • Organisation of music contents in the vertical of specialised music education;
  • The theoretical and practical in music teaching;
  • Artistic music: kids and young generation of our time;
  • New approaches in the treatment of etnomusicological contents in music teaching.

The Proceedings Music Pedagogy in the Context of Present and Future Changes 4 is a collection of papers from the Fourth International Symposium of Music Pedagogues and includes 28 papers.

The Proceedings is divided into six areas: Music culture – topics from general education; Music Curricula; Psychology and Instrumental Pedagogy; Music Education – questioning the theoretical music disciplines; Ethnomusicology and History – focused on various aspects of music education.

Third International Symposium of Music Pedagogues

Music Pedagogy in the Context of Present and Future Changes

Topic: Interdisciplinary Approach to Music: Research, Practice and Education

Pula, 18th – 20th April 2013

Our efforts are oriented towards the modernization of musical-pedagogical concepts based on scientific research, projects, practical (verified) models and new teaching strategies and work. Dialogue, experts’ opinions and attitudes are already known and defined within and outside this framework, in an innovative and creative way, but always for the benefit and improvement of music culture/art. They are the basic postulates of our symposium, which is obviously recognized as an important scientific and professional event not only in Croatia, but also abroad.
About fifty scientists and practitioners from Italy, Austria, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Turkey, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia participated in the Third International Symposium of Music Pedagogues.
The Proceedings Music Pedagogy in the Context of Present and Future Changes 3 includes 42 papers and consists of these five chapters:

  1. Permeation of music with other disciplines and fields;
  2. An interdisciplinary approach to music in preschool and primary education;
  3. Interdisciplinarity in the system of secondary education and extracurricular activities;
  4. Interdisciplinary programmes and contents in the Music school;
  5. Music therapy and children with special needs.

Most papers are dedicated to the interdisciplinary possibilities in the system of primary education (16), then professional music education (9), permeating music with other disciplines and areas (7), interdisciplinary ways of content linking in secondary education (6) and therapeutic efforts of music on children with special needs (4). The fact is that interdisciplinarity is not only a contemporary, but also an important component of today’s educational system in the vertical, which offers numerous ways of permeating of related and unrelated disciplines and fields. Similarity and diversity, openness and restrictedness, real and apparent correlation, formal and informal comparison, musical and non-musical possibility of content linking, are features with which the authors investigate the interdisciplinary links between music and other non-musical areas and disciplines.

Second International Symposium of Music Pedagogues

Music Pedagogy in the Context of Present and Future Changes

Topic: Music Teaching and Educational Technology: Opportunities and Restrictions

Pula, 23rd – 24th September 2011

The syntagm teaching/educational technology encloses contents and ideas from didactic and/or the application of technology in the educational process. The intention of the Symposium was to do research, collect and publish the material and offer solutions that could help teachers to improve and optimize the educational and schooling process. Speakers from Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Austria, Germany, Poland and the United States of America participated in the Symposium. 
The topics of the lectures, as well as the articles printed in the second proceedings enclose the way of use and application of educational technologies, the pedagogical-didactical aspects of using the media in the classroom and computer games for children in the music field. Music education and interactive learning in the ICT environment and other didactical segments for improving the music teaching through all the educational levels (kindergarten, primary and secondary school, university) has been analyzed. 
The Proceedings Music Pedagogy in the Context of Present and Future Changes 2 is a collection of papers from the Second International Symposium of Music Pedagogues.
 

General, pedagogical and sociological aspects of the use of educational technologies in music lessons are enclosed. The topics of the lectures, and at the same time these are articles printed in the Monograph, enclose the way of use and application of educational technologies, the role of video components, audio and web resources in the lessons. New technologies and digital resources in singing lessons have been defined; questions about textbooks and contemporary e-learning have been studied. Pedagogical-musicological aspects of using the media in the classroom have been defined in the papers, the way of working with blind students in solfeggio lessons has been explained and there is also a description of the hybrid course of recorder. The articles enclose the educational vertical. Computer games for children have been interpreted, while music in animated films (pre-school age) has been analysed. Within the context of primary education the influence of movement in music education and interactive learning in the ICT environment has been examined. The use of web sources in the lessons and modern technology in music teaching are the topics described in the paper regarding secondary school. The use of contemporary technology in the realization of methodological and historical courses is oriented towards post-secondary education.

First International Symposium of Music Pedagogues

Music Pedagogy in the Context of Present and Future Changes

Topic: Teachers’ Education in the Context of Present and Future Changes

Pula, 25th – 26th September 2009

The idea of this symposium was spontaneously developed during conversations among colleagues to whom music pedagogy is not just a daily job, but also a life call. Every meeting was an occasion to exchange practical and theoretical experiences that had a great influence on our pedagogical work. There were ideas of how to write the papers which would include particular segments of music pedagogy, researches and introduce innovation in the teaching process and consequently stimulate a different approach to music. For this reasons the symposium of pedagogues is (and will be) a place of development in music pedagogy.
In the first symposium the speakers were from Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Questions regarding the following four fields are discussed in the symposium: 

  • The Bologna process and the education of music teachers;
  • The (Croatian) national educational standard and education of music teachers;
  • The National curriculum and the education of music teachers;
  • Present and future changes in music teaching practice.

The Proceedings Music Pedagogy in the Context of Present and Future Changes 1 is a collection of papers from the First International Symposium of Music Pedagogues. These papers are a support to the theoretical analysis of educational questions regarding music and a contribution in raising social awareness in the meaning of music education and its value in society.

Besides the introductory report on the topic of the symposium the theme range analysed in 13 published papers outlines the fields of music education of educators, the role of teacher in contemporary school, the Croatian national educational standard and lifelong learning of music teachers, national curriculum and teachers' education, the development of teaching music in Croatia in the second part of the twentieth century, music education as an important factor in children's system of value, the meaning of music education in the educational-schooling process, music as stimulus in the work with special needs students and the universal philosophy of music education. Besides scientific and practical work, an addition to the anthology is the description of (new) techniques in teaching solfeggio and a summary of three workshops, which will be demonstrated to the participants of the symposium.