Thursday, November 13, 2014

ORCiM Seminar "From Output to Impact"

Next week, the ORCiM seminar “From output to impact” will take place at the Orpheus Institute (Gent, Belgium). I am posting about this not only because I am the convener, but mostly because the topic is – I believe – of enormous potential and importance. 

Citing from the call:

"Musical training of Western canonical score-based repertoire as well as improvisation and non-Western music is traditionally built upon the master-disciple relation. Students at a conservatory are often still taught their trade by one teacher as the main influence; teachers can be put on the payroll without having to show in how far they are up to date with (and apply) the most recent findings in their field of expertise; one-to-one teaching is very much prevalent in instrumental and compositional teaching; instrument and composition teachers are not the most common contributors to the academic journals that are subscribed to by the libraries of their institutions; etc. With the recent developments in Artistic Research (AR), a type of knowledge is being explored that pertains very much to the music practitioner. While it focusses directly on the musician's practice, it applies the latter as part of the investigative method, and aims at impacting that practice, this type of knowledge has not previously been generated explicitly. Now, AR is supported and carried out with an ever-growing intensity and speed, and across educational and institutional levels: the European Association of Conservatoires considers AR as a gateway to the profession, implying that the impact of AR is to extend beyond the mere integration of AR skills in the curriculum (e.g. a Master in AR) to include the application of current AR output. As a consequence, a range of questions arises that enquires into the possible modes of integrating insights generated through AR into the instrumental practice being taught, all the while allowing for the realities of musical training being fed back into AR."

The seminar starts on November 19, at about noon, and ends the next day in the afternoon. The exact time schedule can be found here.

To frame the debate in a wide perspective, the keynote by Prof. Dr. Dirk Van Damme, head of Innovation and Measuring Progress Division in the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, will deal with The knowledge triangle in the arts: How research, innovation and education interact.

Dirk Vandamme, artistic research, conference, from output to impact

Next to the launch of the Association of European Conservatoires and Hochschules' new handbook Perspectives on 2nd-Cycle programmes in Higher Music Education: combining a research orientation with professional relevanceand a concert showcasing artistic research output ready to be allowed its impact on instrumental training, the seminar program will run parallel sessions that include a very rich content relating to sub topics such as:

The Larger Perspective
  • Drew Hammond: At the intersection between expression and investigation: a liberal arts graduate examines the conservatoire environment.
  • Bernard Lanskey: Culturing fresh growth: the conservatory as incubator?
  •  Paul Craenen: Zooming out on artistic research results.
  •  Anthony Gritten: Musical passages between output and impact.
  •  Joost Vanmaele: The informed practitioner: mediating between the information galaxy and the piano-studio.
  • Michiel Schuijer: When craft becomes profession: the case of the conservatoire.

In Practice
  • Magdalena Bork & Maria Gstaettner: Quo vadis, Teufelsgeiger? (Where to, Devil's Fiddler?). The impact of the artistic project findings on the curriculm development in performance studies in Vienna.
  • Daniel Leech-Wilkinson: Preparing to escape Utopia.
  • Jeroen Billiet: “Avis aux Amateurs”:  integrating artistic research output into elementary music education.
  • Anna Scott & Alessandro Cervino: The reflective piano Class: a self-generating experiment regarding the reflexivity of artistic research and higher instrumental training.

Impact Back
  • Aslaug Louise Slette & Ingunn Fanavoll Øye: Aural training knowledge in music rehearsing.
  • Susan Williams: Training musicians: implementing research into practice.
Creativity & Feeling
  •  Beate Perrey: Hard Facts, feelings and forms of persuasion.
  • Johannes Boer: Playing by the rules. Creativity and research in historical performance.

Models Framed
  •  Tom De Cock & Vincent Caers: Improving the efficiency of practice and performance in contemporary percussion repertoire.
  • Murphy LcCaleb: Developing ensemble musicians.
  • Elisabeth Belgrano: Learning and teaching through madness: using the metaphor of a 17th century operatic mad scene for supervision in higher performing arts education based on artistic research.
  • Amy Blier-Carruthers: How I learned to stop worrying and love the studio: a professional and paradigmatic approach to preparing musicians for recording.

This seminar is organized in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education of the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. The full potential of the topic will be explored in a longer-term effort, with NAM aiming to put together a follow-up seminar in Oslo in November 2015. 
Norwegian Academy of Music, artistic research, conference, from output to impact

Proceedings of next week’s incarnation will be produced online in the coming months.

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