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SECTION: Music for Lifelong Learning COUNTRY: Pakistan PROJECT: A MULTI-DIMENSIONAL APPROACH TO MUSIC IN EDUCATION: THE PRISM PROJECT DESCRIPTION: For the last two decades, schools in Pakistan have debated whether or not to offer or continue offering music classes to children. “The Prism Project,” a multi-dimensional approach to music in education, is founded on the idea that children who do not receive music classes in the early years are educationally disadvantaged. Music activates the whole brain, thus promoting the full potential of each child. A music class develops a child‟s creativity and provides the means to exercise both sides of the brain. The music programs are designed to improve student academic performance through musical instruction in solo and choral singing, musical instrument instruction, listening to both Eastern and Western music, and the use of music and imagery to promote critical thinking. With adolescents music is used to develop improved self-image and enhance problem solving capacity. The program‟s philosophy regards music as beneficial to all children regardless of disability. The main objectives of The Prism Project are to: clarify and develop the concept of “Music in Education” in Pakistan develop a comprehensive music curriculum catering to the needs of all students develop a program for slow learners, dyslexic, and ADHD children introduce new music therapy techniques that work with neurological and psychological problems of students research this multi-dimensional approach to music stimulate academic partnerships for the development of music projects begin training programs for teachers and parents CURRENT STATUS: In February 2011, the project began its training sessions with several workshops for more than 500 teachers. A new music curriculum for elementary and primary grades is in the final stages of development. A music conference is planned for October 2011 that will explore the world of music and its effectiveness in learning. A music album is currently being developed where students will have a chance to demonstrate their musical skills. RESEARCH AND EVALUATION: Research in the multi-dimensional approach of music in education is now being done on an informal basis. More systematic research is planned when resources become available. CONTACT INFORMATION: Organization: Music Therapy Centre Address: B-37 Block C North Nazimabad Karachi 74700, Pakistan Phone: +92-21-34526334, +92-21-35445048, Fax: +92-21-34546895, Cell: +92-345-3179727 Contact Person: Mr. Sohail Ahmed Khan, Regional Music Coordinator E-mail:,, 186

SECTION: Music for Lifelong Learning COUNTRY: Singapore PROJECT: BRINGING LEARNING, CREATIVITY AND CULTURAL CONNECTION TO STUDENTS THROUGH GLOBAL ETHNIC PERCUSSION: RHYTHM ROCKS DESCRIPTION: Rhythm Rocks is an extensive enrichment program for schools in Singapore provided by OneHeartBeat Percussions – an organization that aims to nurture the child holistically through the process of music making. In Singapore, schools are free to engage with external service providers for education programs that meet the respective schools‟ wider objectives. Each Rhythm Rocks workshop includes ten weekly sessions offered to 30 to 45 students integrated within a school‟s curriculum. Workshops are led by trained professionals and are customized according to the school‟s objectives, student profiles and timeframe. Rhythm Rocks offers students hands on experiences with a range of percussion instruments (e.g. Malay kompang, Chinese drums/gong/cymbals, and Indian dhol). Many styles and traditions are introduced including Afro-Latin percussion, Global Ethnic percussion and Alternative percussion. Students can learn a new instrument, be part of a musical experience from another culture and share in the joy of making music with others. Facilitators utilize the concept of the community drum circle, an empowering process in which students are encouraged to explore their inner creativity, to reconnect, be playful and support each other through rhythmic expression within a fun, safe and inspiring environment. Rhythm Rocks seeks to achieve the following objectives: To enhance students‟ understanding of the relationship between body and mind through rhythmic movement To increase students‟ awareness of the various forms of rhythmic movement and the emotions that rhythms can evoke To provide students with an opportunity to discover other outlets of expression through creativity in making percussion music To encourage the development of character, leadership, teamwork and arts appreciation To promote group responsibility To provide students with new insights on making music, using percussion instruments that are different from those in concert bands To develop a sense of cultural identity and inter-cultural understanding To gain an aesthetic skill to be enjoyed and developed throughout life To gain an appreciation for and a new perspective on traditional music CURRENT STATUS: Rhythm Rocks has been active since 2003 with a facilitation approach and style evolving to suit the changing needs of students and the education systems. The program receives various government funding including support from the National Arts Council, Arts Education Program. Participant fees are used to cover the cost of sessions, use of instruments, rehearsal and performance facilitation. RESEARCH AND EVALUATION: Rhythm Rocks assesses the effectiveness and sustainability of its program through informal evaluation procedures. Surveys are distributed to students in order to monitor the program and identify areas for 187

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