10 Years Lifelong Learning in Music.
Today we will look back on the work in the LLM group during the past 10 years, and we will look to the future as well. Lifelong Learning for musicians is a never-ending theme, as there is always much change to respond to. And this is something which may become very clear when listening to what all our speakers have to say.
For those present here who may be wondering what our work is about, let me briefly go into the question what LL actually is. I would simply like to say that, Lifelong Learning is the ability to respond with confidence and self-knowledge to change. It is all the learning that people do during their entire lifespan, in all kinds of shapes and forms, implicitly and explicitly, in and outside the school, through experiences in their lives, through others and with others, and through critical reflection. In particular for musicians, and in general for artists, it is incredibly important to be able to respond to change, even more, to understand change and come to know the opportunities and possibilities that can lie ahead of them.
What do we do? We:
• Conduct research into musicians’ practice;
• Explore new questions and developments in society which are relevant for the development of musicians and their practices and bring in the outside world through joint sustained research projects;
• Help to develop a research environment in the PCC, developing teachers into teacher/researchers; and working with students
Our point of departure is that we strive for research that can lead to deeper knowledge about and understanding of the world of professional musicians and their relation to the society they live in. This enables us to develop insights and ideas for improvement and renewal of musicians’ practice. We use methods which can be helpful for this, like f.i. biographical research and ethnographic research.