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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: CONTACT INFORMATION: Organization: Playing for Change, Peace through Music Contact Persons: Mark Johnson, Co-Founder Whitney Kroenke Burditt, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Playing For Change Foundation Email:, 14

SECTION: Music for Sustainable Community Development COUNTRY: South Africa PROJECT: PRESERVING INDIGENOUS INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC AND DANCE PRACTICES OF AFRICA DESCRIPTION: The Center for Indigenous Instrumental Music and Dance Practices of Africa (CIIMDA), is a creativity- and performance-intensive education initiative funded by the Norwegian Foreign Office. In 2004, it was established in Pretoria. The purpose of CIIMDA is to infuse the humanizing principles of the indigenous philosophy of the musical arts into contemporary learning and activities through re-orientating and re-training school learners and teachers in African countries. Current classroom music education in contemporary African nations remains disproportionately foreign focused. Arts education design, curricular content and learning experiences thereby impact the cultural image and imagination of both trained teachers/educators and learners. CIIMD, an educational initiative, strives to restore African musical arts epistemology as an effective, scientifically underpinned, learning strategy to instill African culture through active, creative performance participation from an early age. Researched and indigenous African formulations combined with the objectives of the CIIMDA courses, children‘s festival creations (recorded on DVD) and educational publications (13 books, plus articles), capture indigenous logic and grammar through: • Regenerating the spiritual being through constant participation, thereby stimulating mental health • Instilling humanity consciousness through structures that engender inter-personal bonding • Instilling psycho-physiological health through dance, such as feminine, maternity dance motions beginning in childhood, that strengthen the female body for child delivery or the muscle-massage dance styles that reduce stress and tension • Narrated and enacted folktale musical dramas that promote normative life virtues and ideal character attributes • Therapeutic theatrical enactment of societal experiences • Imparting multi-faceted life skills and a creative disposition through spiritually enriched play-mode • Experiencing the theory and science of knowledge fields; tempering of ego syndromes • Inclusive participation that eschews competition, discrimination and exclusion • Interacting with the different capabilities of the community/group in creative formulations and performances Over 2,550 teachers/music educators/community art motivators and education advisers have attended CIIMDA Center and outreach courses. Some 9,626 learners and students have attended in-country workshops that showcased spontaneous group creativity performances. (DVDs of courses, creativity and concert performances are available) In 2009, with the support of the Music Department, CIIMDA designed a Certificate in Africa Indigenous Cultural Arts Education (CAICAE) awarded by the Continuing Education Department of the University of Pretoria to teachers/educators from participating African countries (the syllabus is available). 15

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