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Music is an experience permeating the life of the city at any level and contributes to the cognitive education of children, develops their expressivity and enhance their skill of communication, creativity, tolerance and self-confidence. That is why from the end of the Nineties, the Municipality of Cremona promotes various interventions to music propaedeutic in the schools of the city that until today have involved hundreds of children of nursery schools, kindergartens, junior schools and junior high schools. Objectives:
• propose the music experience since the first months of life
• understand music with a practical approach
• try since young to “make music together”
• allow the students to make music without interruption between the various school grades
• make music with the purpose of prevention and integration.
Thanks to the cooperation between Municipality, schools, Civic school of music Monteverdi and with the support of private individuals such as the Stauffer Foundation, over the years, a wide offer of music activities for children and teenagers has been guaranteed. Among them: propaedeutic, choral activity, approach to the instrument, music training in the high school and opportunity of music practice together. It is particularly innovative the project “Violin goes to school”: a path twining various studies for a “practical” music knowledge, guaranteed to everyone as a form of universal culture, suggested by the national plan “Music at school to train the citizen” of 2014. Here the most significant experiences:
This is an innovative experiment nationwide created with four purposes:
- introduce the study of the music instrument in the primary school, during the school time
- propose the learning of the group instrument, within sections and classes, working on the introduction to ensemble music.
- experiment a path of music study that, starting from the introduction in the kindergartens, continues in a more articulated way in the primary school
- use the music experience as instrument of social cohesion and integration. Indeed, the schools concerned are in areas of the city with a high migratory flow.
The path provides for activities of introduction to music for the last year of the kindergartens and for first and second grades of the primary school. From the third grade there are 6 laboratories active for the beginning to study the music instrument (trumpet, violin, piano, drums, clarinet, sax). The project involves almost 130 children per year.
The project was born in 2006 and has led to the creation of the first young orchestra in Cremona. The orchestra is thought for young people having studied a music instrument at the school and that, once ended the course of study, has no occasion to go on playing, and for guys of the primary and secondary schools that do not want to study a music instrument in a traditional way, but that wish to elaborate on their cultural baggage through the direct experience of the ensemble.
The project Mousikè is divided into two laboratory paths; it was realized with the junior high school “M.G.Vida” and supported by the Stauffer foundation.
Thematic laboratories – the proposal is mainly targeted to the fourth grades of the primary schools, it is divided into four laboratories conducted by experts, each of 12 hours, ranging from the guided listening to the choral singing. At the end of every laboratory it is proposed a final moment to be proposed to the public, orchestrated by the students of the orchestral laboratory Mousikè and the teachers of the laboratory. Objectives: bring children closer to the listening and understanding of music through the use of the voice in an activity facing also repertoires drawn from the music operatic literature; enhance the attention and concentration skills during the music performance; possibly direct the students to study an instrument. The laboratories involve almost 450 students every year.
Orchestral laboratory – It is reserved to all individuals from 8 to 18 years, studying a music instrument at any music reality of the provincial territory and having the desire to study together and work in team. The activity of the orchestra id divided into 4 monthly classes each of one and half hour, of which 2 per section and 2 with the whole orchestra. Within the orchestra there are parts for the following instruments: flute – oboe – clarinet – saxophone – horn – trumpet – trombone – bassoon – guitar – bass guitar – percussions – piano – violin – viola – cello – double bass. The teachers are specialized and the repertoire ranges from classical to the most modern music literature that is close to the young generations’ taste. The young orchestra Mousikè is composed of 60 elements.