Head in the Clouds – Feet on the Ground
Thinking and learning creatively
Creative work is not a one-way street where an idea becomes a work of art. Conversely, thoughts are sharpened by creative “editing”. In other words, creative activity generates a learning process where ideas, insights and awareness emerge. This kind of learning is closely related to experiencing, experimenting, living and feeling and it differs from traditional learning processes based on watching, listening and repeating. With this approach the parameters also change for the teachers.
In this workshop you will learn how to make critical thinking and focusing on ideas more easily accessible to your students and other interested persons. Concepts, lessons and exercises observed through the glasses of creativity will encourage you to reflect upon your own methods of instruction. You will investigate such questions as the following: Is the principle of “one step after the other” really the best way to learn? How can our own imagination be stimulated if we are at the same time confronted with the need to act professionally? How can we be inspired and motivate our students?
This workshop is based on artistic thinking and art-based research.
It is aimed at teachers and anyone interested in expanding their way of thinking as well as their professional practices.
Zane Zalis has been working as a composer, conductor and music teacher for more than 35 years. Both his creative achievements as well as his innovative learning methods have already received several awards. Since 1980 he has been teaching at the Miles Macdonell Collegiate in Winnipeg, a high school that has one of the most prestigious music programs in Canada. He has also worked as a guest lecturer at the following institutions: Brandon University School of Music, City of New Orleans Public Schools, University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, APME Minneapolis and more. Since 2006 he has also been teaching at MIMF, whose co-founder he is. For further information click here.
His focus in teaching is currently on the following:
- Creativity analysis
- Training for creativity and critical thinking
- Development of empathy and critical thinking through music (composition and performance)
- Learning at the crossroads between reason and feeling – from a philosophical, neuro-scientific and psychological perspective
The workshop will only take place with a minimum of 10 participants and will be held in English.
Time: Friday, August 18th, 2017, 10 am to 6 pm (including breaks)
Place: Murau Music School
Fee: € 20 - Registration fee