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The whole musician: making music last a lifetime.

The goal of this year's Pedagogy Saturday was to explore some of the ways in which we can nurture the ' whole musician"--training our students' ears, minds and bodies to participate fully in a variety of musical experiences--and cultivate the innate creativity and musical responsiveness that is within us all, regardless of age or ability. This issue of American Music Teacher contains a summary of the presentations on this theme by experts who shall who shared their knowledge and experience with us for this event.

The morning began with some music by composers of African descent, performed by Seattle painist William Chapman Nyaho, followed by our keynote speaker, Patricia Shehan Campbell, professor of music at the University of Washington and internationally recognized researcher in the area of multicultural music education. Campbell spoke on the topic of "Musical Meaning for Children and Those Who Teach Them." She discussed the musical development of children from infancy and showed video clips illustrating how children in many cultures spontaneously make music as they play. She stressed the role of music in people's lives as a vital social experience.

Following the opening session, specialists in a number of fields presented breakout sessions focusing on various approaches to nurturing and developing the whole musician. These were repeated throughout the day so that participants couls attend three sessions:

* Music for Life by independent flute teacher Bonnie Blanchard

* Music Making and Wellness Project by pianist Midor Koga

* The Listening Ear by psychologist Paul Madaule

* The Mind-Body Connection: Stress Reduction for Musicians by psychologist Robert McBrien

* Dalcroze Eurhythmics for Musicians by pianist Julia Schnebly-Black and theater artist George Lewis.

The lunch break consisted of questions-and-answer sessions held in two rooms. In each room were two well-known pedagogues: pianist Jane Magrath and singer Claudia Catania in one room, and singer Scott McCay and pianist Suzanne Guy in the other. Each team responded to written questions submitted by participants during the morning, then took additional questions and suggestions from the audience.

In the afternoon, Campbell gave a follow-up presentation on Embracing the Music: Ear-Mind-Body Connections. After teaching the audience a Bulgarian song and dance, accompanied by both traditional and modern versions of the music, she explored the role of music throughout people's lives, including some of the many therapeutic uses of music. After a musical interlude by jazz pianist Tony Caramia, the presenters joined forces for a panel discussion on the topic of Making Music Last Beyond our Lifetime: What Can Music Teachers Do to Keep Music Alive in Our Culture?
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Date:Oct 1, 2005
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