The Professional Development Workshops is the MMG component that provides information and training to students, artists and professionals in education on how to understand MMG’s “Playing History” curriculum.
Playing History is structured in six major aspects: research of historical events, music sensory perception or the connection of senses and emotions, the performance of original music depicting those events, reflection of the music/history combination, and the use of marketing strategies in the arts, fundraising procedures, and community collaboration for sustainability purposes.
The participants are engaged in the study of historical events of different cultures, MMG’s curriculum seeks to instill respect for cultural difference and thereby promote global understanding and cultural awareness not only through research but also by experiencing the composer’s sensitivity by listening and performing his/her intention depicting the historical event through music.
The music sensory perception promotes the awareness of senses and their connecting power to the emotions through practice, repertoire performance and affective reflection. The reflection component provides an opportunity to create empathy with these topics by analyzing the performance and the history from a referential, formalistic and a humanistic perspective.
In other words, the students experience the music/history combination by relating external events to the performance presentation, by analyzing the music and identifying the elements that arise their emotions, and by just experiencing the pleasure of music and the emotions provoked without external relationships or musical analysis.
As an added value component, the workshops introduce very important aspects of any artistic program in public education: sustainability and constant support. The workshops introduce evaluation, marketing, fundraising and community collaboration as valid tools to maintain quality arts programs in the schools.
The procedure for this added value is sequential and systematic: effective external evaluation gives validity to the programs, this validity promotes exposure, the exposure brings the interest of funders and this support attracts successful collaborations. Effective elements for sustainability and assurance of continuous quality arts education.