• Music and Creativity in Italian SchoolsFrom the Voice to Choral Singing.   [CCE 2013]
  • Author(s)
  • Antonella Coppi
  • Music education in Italy has an important tradition, especially in the field of the practice of music. Over the past 20 years, the focus of the research has also reverted to the field of methodology studies, teaching, and the foundations of pedagogy. Recent legislative measures relating to initiatives aimed at dissemination of the culture and practice of the Italian school have set the stage for a boost to incrementing and special training of music teachers that will assist and help generalist teachers. Also, in 2009 the European Parliament passed a resolution that recommended the obligation of music education in schools of any level. In this field, the increased interest in the teaching of vocal and choral singing is one of the strengths which orient themselves in the processes of teaching and learning at school, towards a process of lifelong learning, becoming a widespread experience and for all people. At the same time that the European Parliament passed a resolution that recommended the obligation of music education in schools of any level, the second World Conference on arts education was held in Seoul (South Korea), attended by about 800 delegates from 129 Member States, and also recommended that particular attention should be paid to music education and creativity. The author proposes some reflections on the main lines of the educational experience of singing and choral singing in Italian Public Schools, with reference to the indications of the European Union.
  • Music Education; Italy; Voice and Choir Education; Creativity and Social integration and approach; European Creativity Education Program; UNESCO – Seoul, Agenda 2009
  • References
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    D. M. n. 8 del 31.1.2011
    European Parliament resolution of 24 March 2009 on artistic studies in the European Union (2008/2226 (INI) 2010/C117 E/04).
    Martina Corgnati Referent AFAM/MIUR – Italy II World Congress of Art Education, UNESCO – Seoul Korea - 7 June 2010
    OCSE – 1996
    Voice / vocalism refers to the set of processes and skills of the person.
    C. Bologna, Flatus vocis. Metafisica ed antropologia della voce. Il Mulino, Bologna, 1992.
    P. Valery, La Percezione Estetica, Roma, Laterza, 2007
    Usually in Italy we call a vocal choir that choir made up of children who have not yet reached the age in which the voice changes: usually the voice of choristers ranges from age 6 to 16 years. Entries are divided, as in female vocals, into sopranos, mezzo-sopranos and contraltos. In turn, these entries can be divided into first and second. The repertoire of these choirs can range from ancient polyphony, to Gregorian chant, to folksong. In Italy there are many examples of listings in this particular field of choral music, often in schools, though the tendency is to choose a multicultural repertoire that helps in inclusion, integration and children's group interaction.
    Z. Kodály, Choral Method, Visszatekintés, vol.I, Zenemukiado, Budapest, 1982-1989

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