FORUM 21 · CHILDREN & MUSIC

FORUM 21 · CHILDREN & MUSIC was founded in conjunction with a Music Festival and a Scientific Conference – Festival & Forum 21 – in Stockholm, August 2000. The festival director was Göran Staxäng, director for the Conference was Professor Töres Theorell at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

The violinist Gidon Kremer and his orchestra Kremerata Baltica were Principal Artists at Festival 21.

Forum 21 was a Scientific Conference, with the theme ”The Child, The Brain and Music”, involving scientists, doctors and psychologists from the US, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

Forum 21 stands for a visionary view upon our future where every child has the right to obtain keys to the whole world of music – in the 21st Century.

VOLUNTARY MUSIC TEACHING DOES NOT REACH ALL CHILDREN

FORUM 21 · CHILDREN & MUSIC works to show ways to allow EVERY CHILD the opportunity to discover music by learning to play an instrument for a longer and sustained period of time. The natural ”room” where children can learn to make music should be THE CLASSROOM in the regular school.

It sounds good to speak about offering ALL children opportunities to learn to play and sing voluntary – if they want to by themselves. But isn’t ”the voluntary part” the problem when many children do not have adult or parental support? Nor do most children have any contact with other kinds of music than the music most easily available!

WHAT DOES FORUM 21 · CHILDREN & MUSIC WANT TO ACCOMPLISH?

FORUM 21 · CHILDREN & MUSIC wants to create conditions to:

  • Identify and document schools around the world that involve every child in music making;
  • build an archive to collect all available information, documentation and scientific research results about what happens when children make music;
  • make visible the importance to allow music making for all children in their daily school routines and give music the status of CORE SUBJECT;
  • spread information and knowledge about the powers and potentials of music in the daily school curriculum – specifically to parents, teachers, politicians, organizations and corporations;
  • initiate and realize scientific research and documentation;
  • build a ”pool” of goodwill anbassadors from all levels of Society;
  • collaborate with Cultural Institutions, Symphony Orchestras, Festivals and help them design programs that raises the question: Children’s music making as necessary conditions to guard and develop our Cultural and Musical heritage.