Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The Year of Collaborative Music Runs March 2010 to March 2011

The Music Teachers National Association has just announced the Year of Collaborative Music running from March 2010 to March 2011, in addition to the International Day of Collaborative Music on January 22, 2011. From MTNA's invitation for the year-long event:
The Year of Collaborative Music will celebrate the importance of collaborative music making in society and in the profession worldwide. Begun by collaborative pianists within MTNA and led by significant national and international music associations, YCM will promote the diversity of ensemble playing opportunities available to musicians of all ages and skill levels.

For this project, collaborative music is defined broadly as any activity involving two or more musicians, particularly one-on-a-part, non-conducted ensembles. The umbrella definition would include professionals, amateurs, families, retirees, students of all ages or any combination of interested musicians.
How you can get involved:
MTNA is encouraging other professional music organizations to join us in this celebration and invites your group, institution or association to explore how you might focus on collaborative music making within that time period. Collaborative Music will promote the future of all of our organizations and the profession; by working together on this project, we will help advance the power of music in society.

We invite your support of this project in order to build momentum towards the Year of Collaborative Music. MTNA will be promoting collaborative performance at our conferences and in the American Music Teacher. We are urging our state and local affiliates to also create activities that showcase collaborative performance. Your organization might consider:

• Feature articles in your journal
• Collaborative performances at your national, regional and local conferences
• Organizing events with other professional music associations locally throughout the year

MTNA's invitation to the Year of Collaborative Music
Janice Wenger's announcement in the August/September issue of American Music Teacher

(via Color in my Piano)

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