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Music as a Global Resource: - International Council for Caring ...

Music as a Global Resource: - International Council for Caring ...

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SECTION: Music for Sustainable Community Development COUNTRIES: South Africa, United States of America PROJECT: DIVERSION FROM CRIME INTO MUSIC EDUCATION: EMPOWERING JUVENILE OFFENDERS THROUGH MUSIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS DESCRIPTION: The DIME program endeavors to balance (i) young people's appreciation of music and (ii) their striving for artistic excellence with (iii) a process that respects the development of the whole child. Its approach is student-centered, not performance-centered. While performing offers valuable benefits to the children involved in this program, emphasis is placed on the process rather than the product. When children are referred to the DIME program, they join an African marimba and djembe band and are provided with regular group music instruction and performance opportunities. Musical instruments are chosen for several reasons: they are a part of the children‘s cultural heritage. A simple, but impressive level of accomplishment can be achieved in a group setting within a relatively short period, providing the children with a strong sense of accomplishment. The act of hitting the marimbas and djembes requires a fair amount of physical exertion that children appear to find both natural and stress relieving. The DIME program was initiated as a collaboration among the University of South Florida (USA), the University of the Western Cape (South Africa), and various organizations within the cities of Tampa and Cape Town. The DIME program targets children in conflict with the law. It aims to empower them by enhancing their capabilities and skills thereby aiding them in achieving successful reintegration into the community. The program provides them with positive personal, social, and cultural opportunities. CURRENT STATUS: The three-year project was suspended after funding came to an end, with the hope of reopening again in the future with new funding. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Woodward, S.C., Sloth-Nielson, J. and Mathiti, V. (2008). South Africa, the arts, and youth in conflict with the law. International Journal of Community Music, Volume 1 (1), 69 – 88. (Hard copy edition). Woodward, S.C. and Pestano C. (2010) Youth At-Risk: Reaching children falling outside sociallyaccepted norms. In: D. J. Elliott and K. Veblen (eds) Community Music today. Oxford University Press (in Press). Woodward, S. C. (2007) Producer, Director, Script Writer. Diversion into Music Education: A program for Juvenile Offenders. A DVD documentary by Media Innovations. Not published, copies available for educational use only. CONTACT INFORMATION: Organization: Thornton School of Music Address: University of Southern California, 3470 Trousdale Parkway, WPH 302b, Los Angeles, California 90089-0851 Phone: 213-740-3011; Fax: 213-821-1865 Contact Person: Sheila C. Woodward Ph.D., Chair, Music Education Department Email: swoodwar@usc.edu 76

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