Globalisation and Identity in Music Education

In mid-November 2008, the Sibelius Academy Music Education Department will be hosting the conference Globalisation and Identity in Music Education.

Click HERE for the programme of this event.

Professor Lucy Green (University of London) will be one of the keynote speakers.

HERE for a programme of the related event for school music teachers, Classroom Rock Band as a Learning Environment.

This conference is offered with the generous support of Nordplus through the Pan-Nordic coalition of advanced music institutions Musikkpedagogisk Nettverk: Nordic Network for Music Education.

HERE for a link to the 2009 Nordic Network conference now being planned in Sweden.

Finland’s former President Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Today the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari.

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In addition to his work as a leading peace negotiator, Ahtisaari is the major patron of international music projects through the MIAGI (Music Is A Great Investment) program.

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International Presentations in October

In a few weeks I will present a lecture in Sweden entitled “Musical Creativity and Identity among Three Māori Women Songwriters” for the seminar on Song and Music in Minority Regions, as part of the Liet Lavlut festival [http://www.liet.nl/home.php?l=7]. According to Birger Winsa, “Liet Lavlut is the biggest cultural festival for minority languages in Europe, lasting four days, from Thursday - Sunday October 16-20, 2008.On Saturday is the festival’s academic seminar Song and Music in Minority Regions (09.00 - ca 16.00).

Here is a PDF file of the program for the seminar: http://www.liet.nl/admin/upload/pdf/musikseminarium-pitea-080903_34.pdf.

The seminar is arranged by the Centre for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research and other partners, including the Music School of Piteå, SWEBLUL and Joensuu University.

At the end of October, I will also give two presentations in the United States for the Society for Ethnomusicology 53nd Annual Conference at Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut (October 25-28, 2008) [http://www.indiana.edu/~semhome/2008/index.shtml].

The first is a general session paper presentation entitled “Intercultural Music Transmission in the History of New Zealand Brass Bands.”

The second presentation is a brief lecture for the Historical Ethnomusicology Special Interest Group session entitled “Reconciling Emic/Etic Paradox in Glocal Music Historiography.” This presentation will highlight the implications of some findings I discussed earlier at the De-Canonizing Music History conference.