Tuning the Concert

Gold Arts Award Portfolio

The Journey: Exploring Music Education November 18, 2010

I particularly enjoyed developing the FUNomusica Family Concerts as part of my job working for a professional orchestra.  This prompted me to want to learn more about the role of music education within the music industry whether it is in schools, orchestras or part of outreach projects. I wanted to discover what opportunities there were to enter into this field, looking at the role of the music teacher, animateur and administrator.

I volunteered on a number music outreach projects as well as shadowing music practioneers which came to a total of 9 days work experience:

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The whole industry needs shaking up: Interview with Kevin Murphy July 9, 2010

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I met Kevin Murphy whose paper ‘Classical Programming – what’s the message and who’s listening’ was submitted for his Clore Leadership research. He concludes with the question of How to transform the conventional classical concert experience to make it more engaging for a wider audience which has consequently inspired my Gold Arts Award project.

Some of my favourite nuggets of advice from the interview include:

It’s not the music but the notion of coming to a concert that’s the problem

Not enough evidence is presented that people are coming to these things [alternative music events]

Allow the music to speak freely | Let the music speak for itself

Stop calling it classical music

If the musicians are not switched on, how can you expect the audience to be?

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