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Music and Civil Society

November 18-19, 2011

Several musical initiatives around the world have been gaining prominence in recent years for the impact they’re having on historically challenged communities, and for the quality of music making they’re producing.

A symposium co-sponsored by Community MusicWorks and the Cogut Center examines the impact of music on a civil society by bringing together academics and practitioners from several of these initiatives. Through a series of dialogues and musical presentations, musicians, teachers, students, and academics from Providence, Venezuela, Berlin, the Middle East, and other locations will explore a rich set of questions to build further understanding and share best practices.

Visit the Music and Civil Society Photo Gallery!

Part One: November 18, 2011

Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street

9:30am - 5:30pm


9:30 - 9:45    
Michael Steinberg
Welcome & Introduction

9:45 - 10:15  
Sebastian Ruth
“Community MusicWorks at 15: An Ongoing Experiment”

10:15 - 10:45
Eric Booth, Maxine Greene (video)
“Civil Society / Global Perspectives on Music Education”

10:45 - 11:00   BREAK

11:00 - 11:15           
Arlene Goldbard
Introduction to Post-Conference Publication

11:15 - 12:00           
Toshiko Mori
on the Portable Concert Hall

12:00 - 1:30   LUNCH

1:30 - 3:00    Panel Discussion
Pamela Rosenberg, Nabeel Abboud Ashkar, Carsten Siebert, Michael Steinberg
“Music Education / Education Through Music”

3:00 - 3:30    BREAK

3:30 - 4:30    
Leon Botstein
Keynote Address
"Music and Institutions: The Challenges in Contemporary Civil Society"

Brief Break

4:30 - 5:30   Panel Discussion  
Stanford Thompson, Eric Booth, Tricia Tunstall, Adrienne Taylor, Sebastian Ruth
“Social Transformations in Music Education”

5:30 - 6:30 RECEPTION

Part Two: November 19, 2011
Providence CityArts for Youth
891 Broad Street

10:00am - 3:00pm


10:00 - 10:30
Tom Cabaniss
Singing Activity

10:30 - 11:45
Arlene Goldbard and the story circle: a moment emblematic of what’s possible in society through music

11:45-1:00 LUNCH

1:00 - 2:20
Discussion: How Music Impacts Civil Society, including students and parents, panelists from both days

2:30 - 3:00
CMW students perform (“musical experiments”)