Building on the success of last year’s programme, a two day training workshop was held in Japan, between 10 - 12 August 2015. 15 musicians from several Japanese orchestras learned about best practices for delivering educational workshops in sessions led by Fraser Trainer and Simon Harman from the UK. The musicians were then able to put what they had learned into practice in a Family Orchestra session where 100 children and family members took part.
Chika Sudo from the British Council in Japan explains how this education programme helps to benefit the Japanese classical music sector: “In the run-up to the Tokyo Cultural Olympiad in 2020, there is an increasing demand for the Japanese arts sector to provide more opportunities for the public to take part in cultural activities and have greater engagement with the wider community. Our on-going music education project is designed to develop musicians’ skills and confidence in delivering participatory and creative music-making projects.”
The feedback received shows how valuable these sessions are in terms of building confidence and developing those all-important leadership skills:
“The training was a great opportunity for me to gain diverse skills such as concentration, improvisation, and creativity.”
“By taking part in the training, I was able to learn so many important skills for leading workshops, such as how to be more flexible towards people and how to apply ideas.”
Fraser Trainer leading the way during previous UK-Japan Education workshops.
For more images, visit the British Council Japan Flickr site.