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The Local and the Global
Seventh International Symposium on Cultural Diversity in Music Education

Brisbane, November 2005


VIIth INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN MUSIC EDUCATION
The worldwide platform for exchange of ideas, experiences and practice
in teaching world music

"THE LOCAL AND THE GLOBAL"

Brisbane, Australia, November 10-13, 2005

Hosted by the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith 
University, Southbank Campus

The musical landscape - and our perception of it - has changed
drastically over the past few decades. Local musics have become
global, and many types of music that have spread globally have taken
on significance in local settings. This has challenged traditional
perceptions of coherence between ethnicity and musical aptitude and
preferences. The effects of this can be felt in music teaching and
learning as well: from professional training in specific traditions to
community music and music in schools. In each of these three settings,
a number of key issues are emerging in the discourse on current
developments:

Dabbling or Deepening:
With the increased interest over the past twenty years, has world
music become a commodity that is best dealt with superficially: bang
away on an African drum, improvise along the scale of an Indian raga?
How is the balance between introductions to world music and profound
immersion into other musical styles and idioms?

Method & Organisation:
When music travels, what is the most appropriate method of handing
down or sharing musical knowledge and skills? Does the close relation
between a musical tradition and the way it is handed down form the
basis of maintaining traditional formats of instruction? Or should
music be taught in the manner of the new environment? In what way do
dominant organisational structures dictate modes and organisation of
instruction?

Context, Concepts & Intangibles:
What is the appropriate context for forms of music that travel,
re-establish themselves, and move on again? What is the reference of
Indian rap, or Aboriginal Country & Western music in education? And
what do we teach in terms of underlying concepts and intangible
aspects of musics that have travelled?

Honouring & Appropriation: 
With music on the move, how do we deal with honouring the traditional
owners of the music? While in many traditions this does not seem to
play a role, there are great sensitivities with others. Is all music
public human property, or do we take into account the opinions of
those who feel the music is part of their intangible heritage?


CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Program Committee seeks proposals for presentations (papers, but
emphatically also workshops, concerts, multimedia) that address one or
more of these issues. Please send an abstract of 200-300 words, plus a
short CV to:

CDIME 2005 Program Committee
c/o  Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre
16 Russell Street
South Bank  4101
Queensland
Australia

E-mail: qcrc@griffith.edu.au
Tel: + 61 7 3875 6335 
Fax: + 61 7 3875 6262

Deadline: 1 October 2004. Outcomes will be advised by 1 December, 2004.

For more information about 
CDIME, please visit:  www.cdime-network.com/cdime
Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, please visit: 
www.griffith.edu.au/centre/qcrc
Brisbane, Australia, please visit: http://www.ourbrisbane.com/    or    
http://www.queenslandholidays.co.uk/tq.cfm?pageID=12

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