Music Practice As a Tool For Social Integration

Interesting workshops at Université de Montréal.

The project “Music practice as a tool for social integration” focusses on intergenerational, amateur music making in recently immigrated communities as a means of social integration and development. The main goal of this workshop is to build a research and knowledge mobilization program articulated on three axes: 1) bring knowledge together in the fields of psychology, sociomusicology, and pedagogy regarding the impact of amateur music practice on a sense of belonging and social integration; 2) create an interdisciplinary synthesis of the scientific underpinnings of the creation of devices that promote amateur musical practice; and 3) apply these principles to the development of one or more prototypes of musical practice in partnership with the music and community and school associations.

In this framework, and supported by the vice-rectorat à la recherche, l’innovation et la création de l’Université de Montréal, BRAMS and OICRM, the researchers Isabelle Peretz (neurocognition of music) and Michel Duchesneau (sociomusicology) who initiated the project, are organizing two workshops on October 9th and November 6th 2019.

Based on the questions that drive the project, invited professionals and researchers will present a summary of their achievements and work in order to stimulate discussion with participants.

The workshop on October 9th will conclude with a conference by Bill Thompson (Macquarie University, Sydney), titled “Music and Intercultural Understanding.” The workshop on November 6th will conclude with a conference by Frank Russo (Ryerson University, Toronto), titled “Sing well Canada: Understanding Group Singing in Older Adults from a Biopsychosocial Perspective.” These conferences are open to the public.

More information at the Brams website