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YoungEM-Þing - Early Music in Children’s Education

Nordem - Nordic Early Music
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Welcome to the conferense YoungEM-Þing - Early Music in Children’s Education!

Read more here: http://www.nordem.org/initiatives/youngem-thing
Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/y6pmeYZlomkLW6lE3

For questions contact secretary Helena Eriksson at helena.eriksson@musikisyd.se

YoungEM-Þing, to be held 14-15 May 2018 at the Nordic House in Tórshavn, is an event designed to strengthen the use of early music in children's and young people's education in the Nordic-Baltic area. It will bring together professional musicians, educators, teachers and administrators, at an event where young people will be present as performers and workshop participants.

YoungEM straddles the fields of education and performance, showing that early music is one the most appropriate musical repertoires for educational use today.
Through partnering with musicians and teachers from the Faroes, participants will learn about the kvæði, a unique Nordic expression of history and culture. See a video clip of children performing the kvæði here. They will observe local children’s experience of it and reflect on the ways inwhich this Faroese tradition is being developed today. YoungEM will thus contribute to a deeper understanding of our common Nordic cultural heritage, and how it can be shared throughout the Nordic-Baltic area.

Early music being presented to schoolchildren
YoungEM aims to strengthen the position of early music eaducation in the Nordic-Baltic area YoungEM aims to present a model of sustainability in which early music educational initiatives in schools are linked with festivals and other performances in the community. It will be a platform both for learning, and for sharing ideas and best practices. It will include workshop labs and key-note addresses, where early music experts from the Nordic-Baltic area will meet colleagues from other parts of Europe.

YoungEM will initiate and stimulate long term collaboration within the Nordic-Baltic area by formulating a joint action plan for the implementation of early music education in schools, and by signing a statement as a basis for further dialogue with education authorities in each Nordic-Baltic country.
After the event, participants of YoungEM will be in position to set up workshops, create new contacts, develop networks, write debate articles etc. Through both traditional and social media they will be able to act strongly in putting the place of music in education, specifically early music, back on the public agenda.

Monday 14 May
09.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 Welcome by NORDEM
10.15 KEYNOTE 1: “Why (early) music in school?” - speaker Cherry Forbes, Education Director at Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, UK
11.15 Workshop and discussion
12.30 Lunch and networking
14.00 MAPPING 1: Nordic educational practices and the development of young musicians – speakers t b a
15.00 Workshop and discussion
16.30 Coffee break
17.00 FAROESE BALLAD DANCES - a unique Nordic living early music tradition handed down from parents to children
18.00 Concert/musical activity: meeting the Music School of Tórshavn
19.00 Dinner

Tuesday 15 May
10.00 KEYNOTE 2: "Orelhudo. Best early music practice from Porto, Portugal" - Jorge Prendas
11.00 Workshop and discussion
12.30 Lunch and networking
14.00 MAPPING 2: Nordic festival practices and the development of new audiences - speakers tba
15.00 Workshop and discussion OR local visit
16.30 Coffee break
17.00 YoungEM PLENARY SESSION: the longer term perspective - preparation and signing of a joint statement of intent about early music education in the Nordic-Baltic region
18.00 Concert/music activity: Faroese young musicians
19.00 Dinner