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What is needed & what can higher education do? An & Jo share insights from the three-year research project 'Music for Social Impact'

About this event
In this ResearchWorks event An and Jo will share insights from Music for Social Impact, an AHRC funded three-year international research project which examined musician experiences of working in socially engaged participatory contexts in Belgium, Colombia, Finland, and the UK. Drawing on the voices of Belgium and UK practitioners, An and Jo consider ways in which musicians conceive of their practice and what they say is needed for effective preparation to work in the field. From this they consider how music higher education institutions can play a role in preparing musicians for socially engaged and participatory music-making practices.
Questions that will be considered through this presentation include:
  • What are the skills, expertise, experience and qualities needed for musicians working in the field of participatory and socially engaged practice?
  • How well-equipped do musicians that have undertaken music higher education programmes feel for their work in this field? What worked well? What could be better?
  • If higher music education institutions incorporate the preparation of musicians for participatory and socially engaged music practices within their remit, what are the possible implications in terms of their aims and profile, programme structure and content, learning environments and methods, and the values and cultures underpinning the curriculum?
Dr. An De bisschop obtained a Phd in Educational Sciences (2009, Ghent University, Belgium) with a doctoral thesis focused on discourses used to describe community arts practices. After her Phd, she became the director of Demos -a Flemish Knowledge Center specialized in participation of disadvantaged groups in culture, youth work and sports (2010-2016). Demos was strongly involved in the establishment of the so called ‘social-artistic practices’ as part of the Arts sector in Flanders. Since 2016 An De bisschop is a Lecturer Arts Education in the Educational Masters in the Arts, School of Arts - Royal Conservatory Ghent. She teaches a.o. ‘participatory arts practices’ and ‘arts education’ to the educational masters in music, drama, visual and audiovisual arts, and she mentors master’s thesises on this topic. An was also engaged as a facilitator for the SIMM-seminars (research seminars focused on researching social music projects) in Helsinki (2018), Antwerp (2019), Royaumont (2021) and London (2022). An’s research interests are concentrated on participatory arts, arts education and teacher education. She is co-investigator (CI) for Belgium for the international research project Music for Social Impact: practitioners’ Contexts, Work and Beliefs.
Dr Jo Gibson is a practitioner-researcher working at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK, and The International Centre for Community Music, York St John University, UK. Her practice research focuses on the micro-acts of making in the field of community music for understanding at micro, mezzo and macro levels. This includes consideration of co-creation in participatory music-making practices, the interrelationship between facilitator and participant, and community music as a working towards cultural democracy. As a community musician, Jo has led creative music-making projects across the education sector, in community centres, health settings and for arts organisations including orchestras and galleries.
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Education for socially engaged musiciansLondon, United Kingdom