Music for Children’s Multicultural Learning
Twenty-first century children live in an increasingly interconnected, diverse and rapidly changing world. They need not only to develop their social skills to interact and engage with people from diverse cultures in a respectful way but also appreciate and benefit from cultural differences. Although there have been no doubts about the importance and necessity of cultural awareness and cultural understanding, how these can be taught at schools and what tangible outcomes might be for children and the wider community remains a challenge.
MusiLib project aims to address this challenge in several ways. It offers an expanded multilingual and multicultural library for children of MultiLib project (multilibproject.eu) which has successfully developed a vibrant multicultural e-library with 26 beautifully illustrated e-books in Finnish, Swedish, Czech, French, Turkish, Greek, English and 6 languages spoken by migrants in each partner country.
Furthermore, follow-up project MusiLib will provide new ideas, inspirations, methodology and tools by using a very effective medium: music, which is in indispensable reflection of culture. Each story in the MultiLib e-library will be accompanied with a soundtrack produced by professional musicians using a traditional instrument of the culture. Then, a Children’s Multicultural Music Instruments Library will be created. This e-library will contain photos of the instruments, sound files played with each instrument, audio file with the name of the instrument in its original language, and story of each instrument written by a children’s book author.
All Outputs of the project will embedded into digital format and partners will pay attention to deliver children user-friendly technical solutions to allow ownership and enjoyment of the project to children.
Although MUSILIB project appeals to everyone who has to deal with or who is interested in cultural awareness and cultural understanding, it has two main target groups. Through MusiLib, school teachers will be equipped with specific knowledge and educational tools to tackle their increasingly multi-ethnic classes. However, the ultimate target group of the MusiLib project is primary school pupils.
These pupils will benefit from e-library which will help them see things from different perspectives. Children will also take an active role in MusiLib by producing stories for the e-library. Using the manual which will include information in relation to how to create and tell a story, how to add music to a story and how to dance a story, teachers will scaffold students in creating, telling, sound-tracking and dancing a story. Through this bottom-up approach, children will have active participation in the MusiLib project, which will also foster students’ sense of ownership towards the project.
The two-years MusiLib project will be delivered by a vibrant partnership of 7 organizations from Finland, Sweden, Turkey, Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece and the UK.