Moving into Composition

HEA Discipline Workshop
Wednesday 28 March 2012
Coventry University

Moving into Composition:
Experiences of student composers in higher education during a short course of Dalcroze Eurhythmics

This event is an outcome of a PALATINE Development Award project, which began in November 2010: ‘Moving into Composition: Using music and movement techniques in the teaching and learning of composition in Higher Education’.

The project aims were to:
• Develop teaching and learning strategies for students of music composition that focus on the use of movement
• Explore students’ experiences and perceptions of such approaches
• Disseminate the findings and produce recommendations for practitioners within the discipline
• Identify areas for further research

The workshop will launch the project report, present the findings of the research, show audiovisual examples of the sessions, and bring together practitioners from Higher Education and beyond to discuss implications for practice and research.

Given the nature of Moving into Composition, you will be invited to take part in a practical session, so you can experience the method used during the research project (Dalcroze Eurhythmics). For those who wish to take part, please wear loose-fitting clothing and be prepared to work in stocking feet.

The day will be of interest to those teaching music – especially composition, improvisation and musicianship – in Higher Education, as well as practitioners and researchers from related fields such as performing arts, dance and somatic practices. Some of the student participants in the project, along with the Senior Researchers who assisted us, will also be present.

Room ET101, Ellen Terry Building Performing Arts)
Coventry University
Jordan Well
Coventry CV1 5FB

1000-1030 Registration and refreshments
1030-1040 Welcome: Professor Sarah Whatley, Coventry University; Director of the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), editor Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices
1040-1100 Introduction: Dr John Habron, Senior Lecturer in Music, Coventry University; Principal Investigator: Moving into Composition
1100-1230 Practical session: Bethan Habron-James, Co-investigator and licentiate of the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva
1230-1300 Reflection and discussion
1300-1400 Lunch
1400-1530 Presentation of project findings – discussion – audiovisual presentation
1530-1600 Official launch of project report – thanks – round-up
After 1600 Tea/coffee and time for informal networking

Ellen Terry is fully accessible. Wheelchair users should buzz at the main entrance on arrival. Please state in an email if you wish any printed materials to be presented in large print, or on coloured paper.

There will be vegetarian options for lunch. Please state in an email, if you have any other dietary requirements.

To register your interest, email: Dr John Habron or tel: 07762 884621.