I’d like to connect with other OE champions who have an interest in music and inclusive practices.
Over the past few months, and based on some years of participatory-action research around music and technological appropriation, I’ve been planning some activites around social inclusion through musical learning. People often claim that music can cross borders, allowing shared understanding despite language barriers. At the very least, music helps people develop of sense of belonging without relying on language.
Music is also welcoming. Christopher Small has inspired a number of us to think of any participation in musical activities as a form “musicking”. From singing around a campfire to dancing during a ceremony and from tapping your feet during a concert to creating a playlist, there are many ways to get involved in music.
Though music opens itself up, musical teaching tends to close itself down through a number of practices which limit participation. For instance, it’s common nowadays to use musical notation as the basis for any type of musical learning despite the fact that much musical practice happens without much use of transcription, if any. In this sense, “learning music” often feels like having to learn a foreign language.
In addition, it’s been my experience that we can develop diverse competencies through musical learning. In other words, music is also an approach to learning, often through direct collaboration.
I want to collaborate with diverse people to design, explore, prototype, and test diverse approaches to musical learning. Hopefully, we should be able to plan learning activities, share content, build resources, and remix existing material to support inclusive musical learning.
Though it’s a sideproject for me so far, I’m hoping to make this into something more formal at some point in time.
So please get in touch if you’re interested in this emerging project.