Their work concentrates around 5 areas:
– talent scouting (Romas only)
– music education, talent grooming for the labour market
– career orientation and advisory services
– social grooming, mentoring
– organising concerts
Introductory material in Hungarian.
An article about Romas from Dunajeva Jekatyerina’s “Memories of a Visit” (at Pető Institute):
“Facing reality, shattered dreams and tough circumstances all remind me of a previous research I did, during which I experienced the same things among Romas: the kids dreamed big, but reality soon shattered their hopes. The extruding society, poverty, the parents’ hopelessness and the evergrowing despondency’s walls surrounded them. At one of the Roma slums the local small kids shared loads of their plans with me – which plans in the cases of the teenage Romas have already shattered. They would just pull up their shoulders, they didn’t what they wanted, what they wanted to become, when they grow up. They did not dream anymore, they did not hope for anything anymore, they just got lost in their problems. They grew up before it was time. During these kinds of circumstances integration is a very tough question, both for the parents in question and for the kids themselves – and of course for their pedagogues.”
The Recycled Orchestra: a children’s orchestra in Asuncion, Paraguay, who live in dumps, whose parents sell things they find in the garbage, and for whom these people living in the gutters made real instruments from garbage and with those instruments these children are able to perform, practice and as acquiring fame, tour the world.
MUS-E program, launched by Lord Yehudi Menuhin in 1993. He believed, that teaching music to children by real musicians in every school would make them more responsive to the outer worlds’ different phenomenons, they would understand them better and that they would be able to develop them further.
The program is based on a concept on music education developed by Zoltán Kodály(1882 – 1967), a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist and teacher. Kodály believed that music should be part and parcel of daily education and be accessible to all. Yehudi Menuhin broadened Kodály’s concept to incorporate all creative arts spanning all cultures. Since 1993, MUS-E Associations in various countries have built up a wealth of experience in implementing the use of creative arts in traditional primary school curriculums, working particularly with children from difficult backgrounds.
“Sing the bridge” seminar/workshop
Choral Singing and Intercultural Dialogue
27-31 July 2008, Debrecen, Hungary”Sing the bridge” explored how choral singers can contribute to reconciliation of people in conflict in their countries and regions.
Choral Crossroads – Singing the Bridges II
Limassol, Cyprus, 27 – 30 September 2013
Main Organiser: EpilogiThis unique festival focused on Euro-Arab and cross-Mediterranean dialogue, friendship, collaboration and peace.