Filharmonia Hungary presented the brochure

CONTEMPORARY – new perspectives in Hungarian music pedagogy


Realized by Philharmonia Hungary in cooperation with Norway Grants Music of Our Age – Musical Feet experimental educational project, applying elements of contemporary dance and eurythmics, was designed for schoolchildren, in order to bring classical music closer to the young generation. The project and the pedagogical module, elaborated in workshops over the course of the last six months, were introduced to the public on 25 April 2017 in Pécs.


At the event held in Kodály Centre Pécs, a DVD of a documentary and a book presenting the detailed pedagogical modules were available to the participating experts and interested teachers. The brochure  gives a description of the theoretical framework of the project, revealing the possible effects of the competency-development program and the pedagogical module which, completed by the ready-to-use activity plans of the sessions, can be apply by teachers as  specific methods to introduce contemporary music and dance in an experence-based way.


Barbara Di Blasio assistant professor was responsible to coordinate the educational modul project. In her presentantion she provided an overview of the artistic, psychological and pedagogical background of the experiment, detailing the competencies required in 21st century education that must be accommodated to the rapid changes of the world of teaching. She underlined the positive overall effects of artistic creativity on the personality and cultural standards, characterizing the experiment as a contemporary „gesamtkunstwerk”, a synthesis of the arts in which music and dance are aligned in harmony.


Philharmonia Hungary Non-profit Ltd offers top quality concert experiences for nearly 300 000 children every year As Szabolcs Szamosi organist and conductor, executive director of the Ltd pointed out: „The three-parted course ended in the spring of 2017 was focused on developing a new, experimental and teamwork-based educational model, based on methods that had been worked out by  participating performers, students, music and dance experts. The results of their creative work were presented in March of 2017 at Music of Our Age Festival hosted by Philharmonia Hungary.”


Director-coreographer Csaba Horváth, professor of  University of Theatre and Film Arts physical theater had been invited to lead the project as art director, supported by outstanding coreographers, musicians, teachers and theoreticians. The educational strategy of the project, based on creative music listening excercices, vocal trainings, eurhytmic and dance experiments, aimed to bring classical and contemporary music, along with the various branches of dance, closer to the elementary and secondary school children in an interactive, age-appropriate way.


The book on the educational module is available at András Beregi,


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Last workshop

Dance etudes, contemporary music training and jam session at the closing events of the Music of Our Age – Musical Feet project


With choir improvisation and many other programs, the closing event of the program series, held in Pécs between 22 and 26 of May, presented new teaching ideas worked out in the project. All the programs of the Music of Our Age – Musical Feet project’s last workshop were characterized by that kind of youthful dynamism that was typical of the project as a whole.


In cooperation with Norway Grants, Philharmonia Hungary   initiated a project to work out an experimental educational strategy. The Music of Our Age – Musical Feet project included creative music listening excercices, vocal trainings, eurhytmic and dance experiments, with participation of musicians, coreographers and pedagogical experts. The closing show, held on 26 March at the Panorama Hall of E78 building in Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, was open to the public. Young music, dance and drama teachers presented their new experimental methods designed to be applied in the classrooms. Using her SoundSearching system, Evelyn Tóth produced archaic melodies with the help of the participants. Péter Baksa came up with a kind of improvisative, noise-based way of talling tales; Krisztián Horváth’s improvisation was performed by his choir while Szabolcs Balásy, at the inspiration of Bobby McFerrin songs, peformed contemporary choir pieces accompanied on the piano and percussions. Under the guidance of Csaba Horváth director-coreographer, professor of  University of Theatre and Film Arts physical theater specialization, performed coreographed etudes, inspired by Bartók, with participation of Péter Kiss pianist. András Dés jazz musician and percussionist amazed the audience with his improvisative body-drumming show.


In his afterword, the executive director of the Philharmonia Non-profit Ltd. Szabolcs Szamosi thanked the participants and experts for their work and expressed his hope that in the near future schoolchildren would have the chance to learn new methods. In his closing lecture, Lajos Szilágyi, project manager of Philharmonia Hungary, musician and music educator, underlined: „Due to this six-month of research we have now a useful strategy to plan concert programs for young people. This is a relevant achievement.”

At the final event, course participants were given certifications of completion. The module that was finished at the end of April, will facilitate the reception of classic and contemporary music and dance for teachers and for  children.


The guests were invited to take part in the Today’s Music Days program series held on 24 and 25 March. The „Seven Words” program, a paraphrase of the Seven Last Words of Christ by Joseph Haydn, performed by the Classicis Quartet, provided a travel back in time 150 years,

On Friday 24 March at 6 PM, the Ceremony Hall of the impressive Pécs Pishop’s Palace was converted to a busy creative workshop. The works of seven gifted, young Hungarian composers – Máté Balogh, Péter Tornyai, Márton Levente Horváth, Marcell Dargay, Csanád Kedves, László Sándor and Bálint Laczkó – completed with comments, showed how contemporary authors relate to a music piece born 230 years ago. At 7 PM Saturday 25 March, within the frame of Musical Ears program, Péter Kiss pianist and Péter Szűcs clarinetist performed various works of 20th century Hungarian composers, such as Bartók, Ligeti, Kurtág, Eötvös, in the Apostel Hall of Zsolnay Cultural Quarter.


Philharmonia Hungary that places a great emphasis on musical education and promoting contemporary music, shares the values presented by the Music of Our Age – Musical Feet project. As part of the Today’s Music Days series, two high schools from Pécs gave an interactive concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of Zoltán Kodály’s death. On 24th March the Oláh Dezső Trio concert provided a great opportunity to show young people’s  creative skills.


Philharmonia Hungary has always been committed to take on its share of the education of young generation. As Judit Kuti communication manager of Philharmonia Hungary pointed out: „Due to the new method, young people encounter the contemporary music in a creative and experiment-based way.” With its innovative methods, the Musical Feet project made music a joyful common experience accessible for everyone, without any particular instrumental skills. Hopefully, teens will have the chance to learn the new methods very soon.