But what is teaching music as language?
It’s not a method its the promotion of practice and a structure. In 4 points:
- Local rooting
- Constant group performance
- Social purpose
- Mix experts and novices
To achieve that, we use folk dances with live music and a global network of teachers.
Teachers use their own teaching strategies and can be anywhere in the world. The school promotes public folk dance events for the students to perform locally but learn globally. The more a student plays the more he/she gets the teaching subsidized.
I’m still not quite sure I’ve understood how it works in practice. For example, in order to accompany dance music if any tradition there could be several instruments playing in an ensemble – how is that getting set-up?
Weeks before any event, we publish 4-5 notes of some of the pieces which will be played. The student or any person can practice these with or without a teacher. He or she will go to the event and play along. Usually the pieces are very easy so no real hard training is needed.
If an instrument is limited in its scale, key or sound volume to the repertoire proposed on that evening, the next event will surely not be so as we propose a very diverse program.
What if the student are of different level of the playing skills?
Can I rent Music Instruments from the WMS?
Is it a school I just can go to?
No, it’s more than that. It is a platform and network. Not wanting to replace others. We need more and more of these.
It does have a physical spaces where you can have lessons and play at the events, but it is a much broader concept than just a school.
How long are the dance sessions in these music and dance events?
What is the school’s target group?
Is there any program which the students are entitled to accomplish?
Is this not just an intercultural exchange?
Also, yes. We are still at a too early stage to make an evaluation on how deep of an impact this practice has been having. Intercultural exchanges are occasional events. In this case, it is the rule. We believe this makes a difference, but we yet need to work further to prove our hypothesis.