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Cultural Diversity in Music Education
Dartington, May 1997


Cultural Diversity in Music Education from May 15th-18th, 1997, the Fourth International Symposium on Teaching World Music will take place at Dartington College of Arts, in Devon, UK. In the six years of its existence, the biennial conference has developed into a lively platform for exchange of thought and good practice in the field of teaching non-western musics. For this year, the program committee has chosen as its theme: Cultural Diversity in Music Education. A number of linked strands will be developed through this conference. The diverse nature of music and its study are considered in relation to: 1. Teaching at elementary level (music teachers in schools) 2. Training specialist teachers 3. Professional courses (conservatoires) 4. Community music projects Within these strands some specific areas and issues will be highlighted. - Successes and failures. How should we assess different styles of teaching, instructing and enabling in relation to world music? Is it the case that we generally only hear from students and musicians who have succeeded, and who thereby appear to validate that method or approach? - What are the resources of communities? Does their musical engagement have to be withindigenous music? How can we utilise the resources of a community? Do we recognise vernacular music when we hear it? - What are the attitudes of governments towards cultural diversity in the community and in education? Are these attitudes manifest in practical ways? Can we initiate a practice-oriented network for exchange of successful approaches in Europe? And beyond? Proposals for papers, presentations and workshops addressing the issues outlined should be sent to Trevor Wiggins, Director of Music, Dartington College of Arts, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EJ, UK to arrive by 30th October 1996. (Late submissions OK until Thursday 14th November.) Proposals can also be faxed on +44 1803 866053, or sent by E-mail to It may be possible to offer reduced rates or even limited funding to some contributors to support their attendance. If you would need this in order to attend, please indicate this in your proposal. Support will not normally be offered to people who represent an organisation in Western Europe or the US.