From Creative Process to Trans-cultural Process: Integrating Music Therapy with Arts Media in Italian Kindergartens: a Pilot Study.

From Creative Process to Trans-cultural Process: Integrating Music Therapy with Arts Media in Italian Kindergartens: a Pilot Study.

Abstract

The integration of immigrant children is a primary problem of the Italian education system. At the same time, the expressive communication of our multimedia and multicultural society is generating new opportunities for understanding between different cultures, which can influence the social lives of these children. This communication is strongly rooted in Western culture by the historical music and art avant-gardes of the 20th Century, which are based not only on common aesthetic patterns, but also on common sense-perceptual elements found innately in every person. The music therapy project described in this article explored how these music-art languages can become an open model for welcoming, integrating and sharing common languages with children coming from different cultures in public kindergartens, growing new channels of knowledge and communication among multicultural groups. The project also explored how the musical thinking of John Cage, if considered as a cultural bridge between differences, could be inspiring for intercultural music therapy projects.

 

Keywords: early childhood music, multi-cultural groups, music therapy, simultaneity, analogical languages.


Citation

Cominardi, C.  (2014).  From Creative Process to Trans-cultural Process: Integrating Music Therapy with Arts Media in Italian Kindergartens: a Pilot Study. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 25, 3-14.


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Date published: July 2014