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Free Improvisation Workshops for Children "Tell me a story"

PTMWFree improvisation workshops for children "Tell me a story", organized by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music, will be held on 15-17 October 2020 in the Culture Centre in Krajenka, the  Eugeniusz Paukszta City and Commune Public Library in Skoki and the Culture Center in Środa Wielkopolska.

This time, the classes will be conducted by vocalist Iza Kowalewska, double bass player Małgorzata Kołcz and composer Jarosław Siwiński. The adventure with improvisation will be guided by actor and director of plays for children, Grzegorz Ociepka. During the classes, children aged 3-5 and 6-8 will learn, play and improvise in the company of their parents, great musicians and amazing books.

The main idea of ​​the project is to trigger graphic-inspired improvisations. Children will create their own stories based on picture books. The improvised fairy tales will be then "translated" into musical language under the guidance of class teachers. Improvisation is the most basic, primary and joyful form of music performance, which is why the workshops combine children's creativity and imagination with books and contemporary music. In addition to improvising and playing with books, children will learn various techniques of producing sound, which expose its color and dynamic values, and will also have a chance to play percussion instruments on their own.

Classes last about 90 minutes with a short break. Participation in the workshops is free – due to the limited number of places prior registration is required.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/ptmw1923 

"Don't be afraid to improvise" – online concert with Jarosław Siwiński and Grzegorz Ociepka

Art DecoOnline broadcast of the fifth concert summarizing the online workshops for young musicians "Don't be afraid to improvise!", organised by the Art Deco Group Music Agency, will be held on 10 October 2020 at 11.30 and 13.30 p.m. This time, we will hear the results of classes conducted by composer and pianist Jarosław Siwiński and actor and director of plays for children Grzegorz Ociepka.

The workshops are free of charge and are intended for children learning to sing or play any instruments at music schools or institutions that conduct music classes. During the workshops, children learn about contemporary music and methods of improvisation and they take part in exercises and games that will help them absorb the knowledge more easily. In this project, it is very important to make music together and collaborate in a group, so children participate in classes with their instruments and actively improvise under the guidance of the teachers.

During the upcoming concert, which will be broadcast live from the Warsaw Quality Studio in cooperation with Rec Audio, everyone will meet live for the first time and make music together.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The concert will be available online atwww.artdecogroup.eu and www.facebook.com/adgagencja 

SMYKcheck – educational platform


SMYKcheck is a new free educational platform aimed at the youngest violinists and their teachers.

On the website www.smykcheck.pl you can download free sheet music for solo violin that uses non-standard performance techniques as well as films presenting performance issues and recordings.

Through innovative compositional solutions, the series of works introduces young performers to the world of interesting sounds and new possibilities of violin performance, at the same time developing their acquired skills.

Works written by violinist Sara Rajewska-Syska are an interesting supplement to the rich violin repertoire, supporting the development of the youngest performers interested in contemporary music. The series was inspired by the works of outstanding Polish composers: Witold Lutosławski and Krzysztof Penderecki.

The project was carried out as part of the scholarship programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage "Culture on the Web".

Online Conference Young Arts. Music & Education 3.0

NCK"Young Arts. Music & Education 3.0 ”– a conference devoted to remote music teaching will be held on 7 October 2020. The event will be attended by representatives of the most important cultural institutions in Poland and experts experienced in online teaching. The conference will also inaugurate the Young Arts Kids – a new educational platform that connects students and music teachers all over Poland.

The entire event will be held live in the form of thematic webinars. The conference is addressed to the directors of primary and secondary music schools and to string instrument teachers. The event will open with a discussion panel entitled "Moral Changes in the World of Music. Challenges and Opportunities for Online Learning in Culture”, featuring representatives of the most important cultural institutions in Poland. The programme will include lectures on techniques of online music teaching, methods of shaping the correct posture, psychological challenges posed by remote contact with students, practical skills of speaking on camera and the use of appropriate technologies. The lectures will be given by, among others, violinist Agata Szymczewska, musicians' trainer Jadwiga Śmieszchalska, psychologist Jarosław Mirkiewicz, and journalist Jarosław Kuźniar.

The Young Arts Kids educational platform for students and music instrument teachers will be presented during the conference. The mission of the project is to facilitate access to music education for all who want to develop their skills under the supervision of outstanding teachers and to support continuous education in the period of pandemic restrictions.

The Young Arts Kids project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture in the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Participation in the event is free of charge. Registration for participants is available at www.yakids.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

2nd Sonikalia Sound Festival for Children


Wytwórnia Zdarzeń Sonokinetycznych [Sonokinetic Event Factory] invites you to the Sonikalia Sound Festival for Children, which will be held on 1-4 October 2020 in Olsztyn and Szczytno.

What are 'Sonikalia'? ... A collection of sound events going on here and there, linked by at least one goal – awakening interest in sounds. The organisers look for this interest primarily among children, but since all (sic!) art recipients should be treated equally and we should avoid "infantilization", the Sonikalia events can also arouse curiosity of adults. The Festival will present various functions of sound as a component of a musical work.

When selecting Sonikalia events, great emphasis is placed on their interactivity. The programme proposals are selected in such a way as to ensure maximum active participation of children in all artistic activities (concerts with the participation of the audience, improvisations, interactive installations and interactive lectures, shows, performances). It is also important to add the element of fun. The festival will feature improvisation workshops for children "Tell me a story", led by Trillingen Duo (Iwona Jędruch and Małgorzata Kołcz), flautist Karina Kusior and composer Jarosław Siwiński.

Admission to all festival events is free!

Full programme is available at: http://sonikalia.pl