Meaningful music education for youth in remote regions

A musical mixture of technology, collaboration, and long-distance driving!

Vicki Young, by Jon Snidal
Heidi Kuusava, by Jouni Harala
  • event type:Classical:NEXT 16 conference
  • date:27 May 2016
  • time:10:45 - 11:30
  • city/area:Rotterdam
  • venue:De Doelen, Conference Room 2 (fourth floor)
  • country:Netherlands
  • event submitted by:Piranha Arts

With H. Kuusava (Finland), Caprice Oy/International Minifiddlers
V. Young (Canada), Manitoba Chamber Orchestra

Heidi and Vicki present innovative and inspiring techniques for delivering music education to young people living in remote communities.

International Minifiddlers offers distance education in elementary teaching for violin pedagogues globally. Video lessons and real-time online instruction use a child-centred Colourstrings Method designed by Géla Szilvay for early childhood education. Heidi will discuss their experiences of the past four years.

For ten years, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra’s Fiddlers on the Loose programme has offered in-person workshops and concerts in remote centres. Professional musicians collaborate with regional fiddle instructors and offer tips on practicing and caring for instruments. Online materials augment the visits.

Both of these programs encourage the sharing of diverse backgrounds through music, and give young people insight into classical music and career options.