MUS-E ON STAGE improves the accessibility to music education and learning for primary school-aged children who come from underpriviledged and migrant backgrounds in Europe. The project involves 300 children from Portugal, Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary, Italy and Spain interacting with 14 professional musicians in face-to-face music workshops.
MUS-E ON STAGE 5 days music residency and workshops for primary school-aged children in Leiria from January 25 until January 31. Through the collaboration between the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and its orchestra in residence (the Brussels Chamber Orchestra), and the Associação Yehudi Menuhin Portugal traditional musicians, MUSE ON STAGE will allow children from 2 primary school in the district of Leiria to experience music education by taking part in the residency and in the music co-creation.
Children will participate to the unique musical experience, alongside professional musicians from different backgrounds (classical orchestra music and traditional Portuguese music) as well as Celina da Piedade, a famous Portuguese composer, singer and accordeon player. These musicians will act as role models and children will be involved in the music-making, have a chance to discover a variety of musical instruments that are not usualy present in their daily life, experience the feeling of being part of a band/orchestra/choir, participate in the creation of a stage production and develop lifelong love of music.
The newly created music repertoire and the activities carried out with the children will be presented during a live performance in Leiria with all the musicians and the children presenting the musical repertoire created mixing classical and traditional music and having a first- hand experience of European added value in music education. Children will form a choir and be on stage at this concert!
The outcomes of the 5 days Music Workshop and the live performance involving the children will be recorded and short video clips produced for creating a selection of innovative digital and online resources for musical learning and for the replicability in other countries.
The digitalized contents will be created with the aim to promote and encourages the use of new and innovative tools for music teaching and learning and it will become an additional music resources for supporting the MUS-E Network’s main goal that is to offer art and music activities in primary schools mainly located in lower income districts with few cultural stimuli and/or high concentration of diverse backgrounds.
Music sessions based on the project will take place in Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Cyprus and Spain with the aim of creating a virtual choir. On a selected piece of music of the repertoire created, all children from the above mentioned countries will join their voices in an excpetional virtual choir. The choir will be broadcasted and accompanied by live musicians at the end of the project.