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To do or not do? When ‘what’ and ‘how’ no longer counts

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Abstract: How to respect the making of childrens musical ideas heard in the making of an opera.

Most projects start in schools (K-12), but end up being presented in institutions like the opera or the Museum of Contemporary Art. All projects are carried out in collaboration with institutions, universities and colleges, museums, the opera, libraries, etc. In this seminar I will reflect my own experience, when working with small children’s musical ideas my traditional role of being the teacher is challenged. The children teach me their ideas and my questions make me understand their thoughts and in what direction this special theme is going. There are no right or wrong, just good ideas. Kulturverket started in 2005 and is part of the municipal administration of the city of Umeå,Sweden. Kulturverket is commissioned to give all children in the municipality access to cultural experiences and to integrate aesthetic learning processes in the everyday work of the schools. ”Kids tell pros what to do” Kulturverket respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life by initiating projects where art plays the central part and children “Tell pros what to do”. Children’s ideas, texts, music etc. is developed together with older children, university students, teachers and professionals such as composers, artists, musicians, writers and directors. They all cooperate in the final presentation of their work, which may be a concert, an exhibition, or some other type of performance. Unexpected encounters and cultural “clashes” have lead to new artistic expressions such as A blog opera, a Hockey musical, Turbo dancing and Invisible Food.

Bionotes: Jan Ferm Artistic leader, teacher, composer and former lecturer in composing at the School of Music Luleå University.

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