This pamphlet builds on DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation)’s (at that time rather advanced) homepage MusX (2003), where pupils might partly botanize into the classical music channel P2’s central repertoire (classical music, jazz, and new composition music)partly just pick up sounds and music pieces in order to make their own c omposition, which could be saved, so that they could leave and come back to work on it. See mentioning of the project: projektet.
Upon wish from Dansk Sang this small pamphlet was written, including both mentioning of the music of the site, and the composers who had written it, and partly ideas and good advice as to how to use the composition parts.
The pamphlet was meant for the planned music teaching, and encouraged to the possibility of working cross-subject-wise with the subjects music, Danish language and visual art.
(56 pages + CD with 14 tracks, and duration 58:02)
Creativity with children and youth follows other paths than creativily with grown-ups. The problem is rarely the amount of ideas, since a study proves that, on an average, children produce 60 alternatives to a given question, whereas grown-ups create 5-6 alternatives. To children, the challenge is to teach them how to maintain, develop, structure, and carry out their ideas.
Professor Mogens Christensen is an internationally renowned composer with many years’ experience with children’s compositions. The book aims, with musical tools, to introduce creativity – as a conscious concept – into school.
The book was written by Mogens Christensen in co-operation with scenographer Luise Midtgaard. The foreword was written by then Minister of Children and Teaching, Christine Antorini.
Music under the Skin is a practically focused book with ready-to-serve creativity courses to teaching music-, Danish language, and visual art. It focuses on how to handle creation of music and other wordless arts on their own terms, and is about:
· how to communicate without language – not because the language is not good, but because verbal communication takes up such a dominating role in our general processes of learning, that it has a tendency to over-shadow all other forms of communication.
· that non-verbal communication does not have to be casual and diffuse expressions – it may also be sound, music, movement, dance, and non-figurative visual art.
· that music, movement, dance, and non-figurative art may be understood as independant “languages” with “their own and a mutual grammar and rhetorics”.
· that these non-verbally carried forms of expression behave otherwise in form, rhetorics, and grammar, than the language-based.
· to provide the teacher (of music, visual arts, physical training) who wants to work with these forms of expression in more creative frames, with some methods and good advice.
This book was written
· by a composer with assistance from a scenographer, both with acknowledged artistic practise
· by persons with many years’ experience with co-operation projects and workshops at Danish schools
· by persons who are aware of the possibilities when applying these artistic processes as an important creator of motivation and commentary to life, for both strong and weak pupils, academically seen, in the primary school.
Se indhold (See contents)
This book provides a number of progressively organized pieces of advice, to how one might easily make music lessons more interesing and fun, by letting the pupils play with some easy-to-access elements from the works, and, at the same time learn and obtain a maximum degree of feeling of ownership.
In short: both play and own! CD with necessary music examples included.
132 pages + CD
The aim of publishing this book is to stimulate pupils to listen, and to enter into the spirit of symphonic music. “The building brick method” put into practise.
(126 pages + DVD)
Published with support from:
Egmont Fonden, Augustinus Fonden, Louis Petersens Legat, Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsens Legat, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henriks Fond, Lb Fonden, Gangstedfonden, The Danish Ministry of Education tips/ lottery funds, The Music Conservatory in Esbjerg, and the five Danish Regional Orchestras.