International Seminar: Learning Music Through Play in Out-of-School Context

14th May 2019

Musical Futures was recently invited to present at the first international seminar Learning Music Through Play in Out-of-School Context (LMusTP) organised by the team of researchers of the Université des jeux(nes) musiciens (Faculty of Music, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada)

The event was designed to provide a space for creative thinking and discussion around the theory and practice of 21st century extracurricular music instrumental pedagogy focussing on what is needed to connect instrumental learners of all ages to the “world of play”.

During the three days (April 13 to 15, 2019), the seminar provided opportunities for researchers, practitioners, students and game designers to share their valuable work, exploring its potential impact on learning music through play from three different perspectives:

  • The player, i.e. the person who is learning music through educational games;
  • The tools used to learn while playing, i.e. the learning game and the elements and mechanics to use and promote an in-depth musical learning;
  • The network of stakeholders who need to work effectively and collectively to promote and disseminate this pedagogical approach in the field.

Held in English to facilitate participation and exchange between people from different countries, the seminar was built around four questions:

  1. What do we know about Learning Through Play?
  2. What do we know about LMusTP?
  3. What are the best examples of LMusTP?
  4. What needs to be done during the next 5 years regarding LMusTP?

Over the next five years participants involved in the Seminar will be collaborating on the publication of the collective book – ‘Learning Music Through Play (LMusTP)’related to the international seminar. It will be a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed book/e-book that is the result of presented papers. As a unique, multidisciplinary seminar, LMusTP gathers academics, practitioners, students, policy-makers, and industry and civil leaders, offering them an arena to exchange ideas and discuss the latest emerging issues and trends.

The book will provide cutting-edge research and unique ideas and theories on what is needed to connect instrumental and music learners of all ages to the ‘world of play’ with a special focus on ‘the player’, the ‘tool used to play’ and the ‘network of stakeholders’ needed to work effectively and collectively promote and disseminate this pedagogical approach with the guiding questions including:

  1. What do we know about Learning Through Play?
  2. What do we know about LMusTP?
  3. What are the best examples of LMusTP?
  4. What needs to be done during the next 5 years regarding LMusTP?

We would like to thank Professer Francis Dubé (Professeur titulaire, didactique instrumentale Faculté de musique, Université Laval) for inviting Musical Futures to present “How does the organisation Musical Futures build their networking to promote and disseminate their innovative music approach in the community?” at the seminar and we look forward to continuing to contribute to the ongoing research.

For more information, please contact our Managing Director: fran.hannan@musicalfutures.org

Excellent workshops ‑ extremely accessible for all abilities and levels."

Claire Armour, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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