SOAS, University of London
Musicians without Borders has partnered with the MA Music in Development at SOAS (University of London) to organize a weekend seminar entitled War, fear, empathy, and music. The seminar will be followed by 4-day training for musicians in practical uses of community music for peacebuilding and social change. These are discreet programs, but their content is complementary. People may enroll in either, or may wish to book a place on both.
July 22-23: Seminar on War, fear, empathy, and music
This two-day seminar will introduce the philosophical, theoretical and experiential basis for MwB’s work and mission in using music to connect communities, bridge divides and heal the wounds of war. MwB’s founder and director, Laura Hassler, project manager and music therapist Chris Nicholson (Rwanda) and assistant trainer Amanda Koser-Gillespie (Northern Ireland) will speak on how community music and music therapy is applied within their projects in current and post-conflict regions. They will be joined by Angela Impey (Convenor, MA Music in Development) and other researchers who will speak to the relevance of cultural listening and explore how music is used in different contexts as a medium for self-representation, as political testimony, and as a catalyst for social change.
July 24-27: Four-day training for Community Music Leadership for Peacebuilding and Social Change
This training is open to musicians who are active as workshop leaders, teachers or social activists and wish to develop their knowledge of using music as a tool for peacebuilding and social change. In this four-day course, participants will be introduced to the methodology behind our community music training program. Participants will be led through a variety of musical activities focused on developing leadership skills while exploring concepts related to creativity, improvisation, and non-violence. The training prepares participants to lead community music workshops that foster empathic connections between people within an inclusive and safe environment.
Two-day seminar £200 (Concessions £180)
Four-day training £400 (Concessions £360)