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Guest Blogger, Ted Wiprud: From the UNESCO Arts Education Conference, Part IV

UNESCO Second World Conference on Arts Education in Seoul Blog 4 Theodore Wiprud June 22, 2010 I wasn't sure why the composer Hi Kyung Kim was keynoter for the second day of the UNESCO 2nd World Conference on Arts Education - a day devoted to "Advocacy: Outreach to socio-cultural values." She talked about artistic dialogue between cultures, but what did she have to say about education, advocacy, outreach? On reflection: plenty. It was almost a parable of effective arts education. Ms. Kim outlined a series of compositional projects and … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger, Ted Wiprud: From the UNESCO International Arts Education Conference, Part III

UNESCO Second World Conference on Arts Education in Seoul Theodore Wiprud June 6, 2010 I was particularly looking forward to the UNESCO conference roundtable on research in arts education - specifically titled "Supporting the Practical Use of Researches: Suggestions to Enhance Practicality and Reliability of Arts Education Researches." What transpired was intriguing in ways I'd never imagined. The speakers came from Cuba, Austria, Germany, Zimbabwe, France, and Australia, with a moderator (Dan Baron Cohen) from Wales by way of Brazil. Their … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger, Ted Wiprud: From the UNESCO Arts Education Conference, Part Two

UNESCO Second World Conference on Arts Education in Seoul Theodore Wiprud May 31, 2010 Each day of the UNESCO conference on arts education began with a keynote address or two. The keynote the first day - which set a tone for the whole conference - was by the American team, Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein. He's a professor of physiology with an interest in arts-science interactions; she's a writer and Kennedy Center teaching artist. Together they've authored Sparks of Genius - the 13 Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People. … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger, Ted Wiprud: From the UNESCO International Arts Education Conference in Seoul, South Korea

Let's welcome back Ted Wiprud to Dewey21C. Ted has graciously agreed to send along some guest blog entries from the UNESCO Conference in Seoul, South Korea. ************************************************************************************************************** UNESCO Second World Conference on Arts Education in Seoul Theodore Wiprud May 29, 2010 The Second World Conference on Arts Education has completed its work in Seoul. From May 25 to 28, delegates from 170 countries came to South Korea to discuss issues in arts education, review … [Read more...]

The Thomas Edison of Music Education and Composition, Jon Deak: Creating Music with El Sistema, Part Eleven, Finis

Click here for Part Ten Why am I so intent upon the definitive performance? It should be clear by now that the whole point of the Very Young Composers is to take these works as seriously as we take Beethoven, Mahler, Bartók. Without question, I know that all who have been involved during these last two weeks, not only agree with that philosophy, but have bent over backwards to try and help accommodate this new program Sure, we have fun in these classes, certainly we play games, and surely these pieces are in transition themselves! But still, … [Read more...]

The Thomas Edison of Music Education and Composition, Jon Deak: Creating Music with El Sistema, Part Ten

Click here for Part Nine Five American Pieces At this midpoint of the program, we perform the pieces written by the 'Bridge' students of New York City for their Young Composing friends of Venezuela. Isaac Draper: From New York to Venezuela. Immediately apparent is the driving rhythmic theme, closely chromatic with intensive percussion, giving way to equally intensive, repeated A-minor textured arpeggios, followed by the "Dudamel theme," and ending with the arpeggios in C major--and all in 56 seconds! (This work we had already performed in … [Read more...]

The Thomas Edison of Music Education and Composition: Jon Deak: Creating Music with El Sistema, Part Eight

Click here for Part Seven Caracas, 17 de Abril As we gather the huge mound of music paper bequeathed to us by these children, I feel that we have been gifted with a beyond-precious trove of artistic diamonds, and that we have on our hands a task of near-impossible dimensions. The mood of celebration lasts long enough to see the children's bus off: Not only have they succeeded in handing us accurate (for the most part) and highly original representations of their musical minds, but they've decided on titles for their works and have ideas of … [Read more...]

Guest Arts Education Blogger, Jon Deak: Creating Music with El Sistema, Part Three

Click here for Part Two Caracas, April 9-10, 2010 The excitement builds. Also the nerves. Have you ever noticed how, when you travel to a completely new environment, all emotions are magnified? The joys are expansive, the fears are bottomless, each event rings clear, vibrates with color. I feel I should go to bed wearing dark sunglasses! And yet, there is a penetration to truth and genuine learning, if only one can sort things out. After all, we're not talking here about hallucinations or drugs: These are real experiences. So begins our … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger, Jon Deak, Creating Music with El Sistema, Part Two

Click here for Part One Caracas, April 8, 2010 We're here! It seems impossible to describe all the events and feelings of just the first twenty-four hours of our trip to Venezuela, to experience and interact with El Sistema. I've been so long in awe of this program which is revolutionizing this country and the musical world in the best possible way--and now here we are, in its native habitat, so to speak, ready to dig in, learn, express and interact. The fact that we are daring to interact with it in some small way has made me extremely … [Read more...]

Ted Wiprud, NY Philharmonic Arts Education Advanceman Blog #6: Abu Dhabi and Reflections from Home

To read the previous installments of Ted's arts education travelogue click here for the first entry; here for the second; here for the third; here for the fourth; and here for the fifth. I want to thank my friend Ted for these thoughtful, rich, and fascinating posts. I am grateful that he chose Dewey21C as a vehicle for sharing what it was like for the New York Philharmonic's education program to tour overseas. And besides these posts being just plain interesting to read, I think they also give a great sense of the caliber of people we have as … [Read more...]

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