On 9, 10 and 11 April, the final concerts of this project will be held at L’Auditori, in which 24 schools and 1,700 students from all over Catalonia have taken part throughout its five years of operation.
The educational and innovative originality of the project entitled "The Composer Goes to the Classroom" has been included in a doctoral thesis that has just been presented and at the same time has led to the publication of an article in the scientific journal Music Educators Journal, which highlights the educational benefits of this pioneering initiative in Spain for both students and teachers.
The project "The Composer Goes to the Classroom" – a joint collaboration between the UAB and the Servei Educatiu (Educational Service) at L'Auditori – allows contemporary music to be studied in primary-school classrooms in the presence of a composer. Listening to and analysing a composer’s works fosters musical creation processes in students, who then present and discuss their works in a meeting with the composer. Finally, they have the opportunity to perform the musical pieces they have created before an audience at L'Auditori.
This is an innovative educational experience in Spain that has been running for five years and is built on three pillars: contemporary music, the compositional process of the students and the intervention of a composer in the classroom.
L’Auditori will host the final concerts of the compositions created by the students on the 9, 10 and 11 April, in the morning. The 15 schools that have participated in the project during this academic year will present their creations, alongside the composers who have taken part: Oliver Rappoport, Pablo Carrascosa, Agustí Charles, Bernat Vivancos, Fabià Santcovsky, Joan Magrané and Fritz Hauser.
The project is coordinated by Professor Assumpta Valls of the Department of Teaching of Musical, Visual and Corporal Expression at the UAB and is promoted by the work group on Contemporary and Modern Music of the World, from the Institute of Educational Sciences (ICE) at the UAB, comprising five primary-school music teachers and two professors from the UAB.
The project began in the 2014-2015 academic year with five schools. During the 2016-2017 academic year, L’Auditori joined the initiative. Currently, L’Auditori is intensely involved and has incorporated the project into the Sampler Sèries cycle (newly created music), is responsible for providing access to composers who go to the schools and offers the venue where the final concerts take place.
Since the project started, a total of 24 primary schools from different Catalan towns and 1,697 children have taken part.
Throughout the five years of the project, 13 composers have been involved: Bernat Vivancos, Ramon Humet, Agustí Charles, Josep Maria Guix, Raquel García-Tomás, Joan Magrané, Oliver Rappoport, Hèctor Parra, Carlos de Castellarnau, Pablo Carrascosa, Octavi Rumbau, Fabià Santcovsky and Fritz Hauser.
One of the most positive effects of the composer going into the classroom with regard to learning "is that the composer’s presence gives rise to a unique experience of what is learnt, but above all, of how it is learnt: that is, who says it and how it is said ", explains Assumpta Valls, professor at the UAB.
The composer's visit triggers a very powerful and different type of motivation around the learning of the composition process: "it brings the composer's reality closer to both the student and the teacher. The composer introduces new ideas on how to advance and develop in a musical sense and it becomes a way of learning how to develop one’s creative potential” explains the project coordinator.
For composers who have participated, "seeing that the creative and sensory seed of the children grows with sincerity and enthusiasm is a gift for both teachers and creators."
The educational innovation represented by the project has led to recognition by the scientific journal Music Educators Journal, which has published an article about the project entitled "The Composer Goes to the Classroom" (December 2018), written by Julia Getino, Cristina González and Assumpta Valls. Julia Getino has also completed a doctoral thesis on the project entitled "Composers go to the classroom. A study on the composer's intervention in the process of musical creation in the primary stage".
Aleix Palau | 8 April 2019
A pioneering project on musical composition in primary-school classrooms where the composer intervenes to awaken sensitivity in students resulting in the children composing their own musical works
The project – a joint collaboration between the UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and L'Auditori – allows pupils between 7 and 12 years of age to participate in the process of creating their own musical piece, under the guidance of a renowned composer and school music teachers.