Pete Moser, Artistic Director and Founder of More Music, travelled to Brazil for two weeks this July to speak at the prestigious bi-annual conference of the International Society of Music Education (ISME).
The two-week conference gathers over 1000 educators and musicians from every part of the world to share and learn in a mainly academic setting. Pete's four major contributions to the conference were presentations and workshops that shared key examples of More Music's innovative and diverse community music work both in the UK and internationally.
"This trip was a great opportunity to share More Music's work and support the development of our positive international reputation for long term in-depth community development. Community music development in the UK is at a crucial strategic stage where the conversations with the formal sector are bringing more music participation particularly to people and communities at risk. At the conference I met with colleagues from many universities and brilliant music projects as well a networking with the British Council and other international institutions. And of course being in Brazil I heard some astounding music!"
During the first week Pete joined 40 people at the Community Music Activity Commission, which took place in Salvador, Bahia where he delivered two workshops and presentations. The first workshop talked about the youth leadership exchange with young people from Cabele Seco in Brazil and Morecambe and shared the learning from the work done in these two communities.
The second was a presentation of the research into employment for musicians from Black and Mixed Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. This asked questions about employability, cultural diversity, authenticity, professionalism and workforce development.
In the second week, Pete travelled to Porto Alegre where the main body of the conference took place. Here he spoke about Music Education Hubs in the UK and the major changes in the strategic development of music education with their challenges, successes and long-term vision.
Pete also led an interactive workshop on ten years of community music in Hong Kong, discussing crucial issues around the translation of community music practice around the world that have been developed though More Music's innovative development programmes in the city.
Pete wrote a regular blog while he was in Brazil that can be read at www.moremusic.org.uk/ISME-2014
. It details his experiences and learning over the course of his trip.