Mediterranean Forum for Early Childhood Music Education and Musical Childhoods
International Conference, 20-22 April 2018
European University of Cyprus
Μεσογειακό Φόρουμ για την Μουσική Παιδαγωγική Παιδιών εμβρυικής ηλικίας,
βρεφικών, νηπιακών, προσχολικών και πρώτων σχολικών ηλικιών,
και της Μουσικής Παιδικότητας
Διεθνές Συνέδριο, 20-22 Απριλίου 2018
Ευρωπαϊκό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου
It is the bounded duty of the talented to cultivate their talent to the highest degree, to be of as much
use as possible to their fellow men. For every person’s worth is measured by how much he can
help his fellow men and serve his country. Real art is one of the most powerful forces in the rise
of mankind and he who renders it accessible to as many people as possible is a benefactor of humanity.
The hard task is to love, and music is a skill that prepares man for this most difficult task.
John Blacking, How Music is Man 1973
The C.C.R.S.M. Cyprus Centre for the Research and Study of Music organizes, in collaboration with the CAPPE Cyprus Association of Private Preschool Education and with the support of the Department of Musical Studies of the European University of Cyprus, the International Conference of the Mediterranean Forum of Early Childhood Music Education and Musical Childhoods from 20-22 April 2018,. The Conference programme also includes educational and family concerts for schools, children and families.
Springboard for the establishment of the Forum has been the distinguished Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Strategic Partnership Project MusiChildEarly Childhood Music Education in the Mediterranean; raising children’s musicality, evaluating music learning and enabling teachers’ preparation (2014-2016) designed and coordinated by C.C.R.S.M. with academics and professionals’ participation from around the Mediterranean region. The project has been selected as best practice Erasmus+ project for the school sector and was presented at the 30-Year Erasmus Celebration Conference in Bonn, Germany in May 2017. The Mediterranean Forum for Early Childhood Music Education and Musical Childhoods constitutes an initiative of the non-profit independent academic organization C.C.R.S.M. Cyprus Centre for the Research and Study of Music (www.ccrsm.org.cy) with the collaboration of Mediterranean-based distinguished academics and practitioners and an International Circle of Advisors.
The Conference marks the establishment of this pioneering and much needed music education initiative in the Mediterranean region, the Mediterranean Forum of Early Childhood Music Education and Musical Childhoods. Attendance at the Mediterranean Forum of Early Childhood Music Education and Musical Childhoods Conference 2018 provides an attendee with a professionalmembership of the forum for the two calendar years 2018 and 2019. Therefore Special certificate of Forum membership will be issued.
The Forum builds inclusivity, sustainability, value and excellence in the field of music and child learning and teaching, musical communication among different sections of the society and music education connected to children’s music learning and development. It aims in supporting music education in different regions of the Mediterranean basin and beyond and creating wider access to more relevant, higher quality music education and musical enculturation. It stresses the importance of an inclusive music education and teacher music training around the region and invites international research and informed practice dialogue, exchange, comparative thinking and collaboration.
The Forum aims to:
- share and promote current ideas in early childhood music education that are based on research and best pedagogical practices internationally;
- discuss comparatively the various ways in which children participate in their own musical cultures and practices;
- support music education in different regions/nations/communities of the Mediterranean and beyond;
- update Mediterranean musical traditions, heritage, worlds, styles and practices with more relevant, effective, child centered and human agency focused music education practices and research findings;
- reveal the multidimensional Mediterranean worlds of young children and their musical enculturation; compare and discuss similarities and differences in music transmission across cultures;
- improve informed music education practices, music instruction and teacher training;
- expand the development of research in the fields of music, the young child and learning and teaching in the region by promoting discussion, reflection, project development and collaboration and comparative education;
- create wider access to better quality music education;
- contribute to the musical well-being and development of the whole child;
- contribute to more joyful musical lives for the child, the teacher, the adult and all stakeholders involved.