North-South-South intensive period — 2-11 March 2015
Dr Santisa Viljoen is the coordinator of the North-South-South (NSS) project funded by the Centre of National Mobility (CIMO). The University of Jyväskylä, Finland, is the initiator of the project and the participating universities are Africa University, Zimbabwe; Kenyatta University, Kenya; the University of Botswana; and in South Africa, the University of Pretoria, Unisa and North-West University.
The project consists of:
- lecturer and student exchanges;
- an intensive music course where service training is given to music teachers; and
- research by faculty and students on the theme "The Role of Music in Shaping Cultural Identity in Southern Africa".
Participants during the NSS intensive period:
- Kenyatta University — Pricilla Gitonga, Samuel Wambua, Hulda Serro, John Katuli
- University of Botswana — Shirley Kekana, Bontle Baatshwana, Pearl Wadikonyana, Nancy Ncimbi
- University of Jyväskylä — Pekka Toivanen, Erkki Huovinen, Mikko Myllykoski, Tuuli Lehtomäki, Janette Pastuhov, Lauri Myllylä, Niklas Taanila
- Unisa — Thomas Pooley, Isaac Machafa, Thapedi Mashianoke, Julius Kyakuwa, Bibian Mtonga, Mokale Koapeng
- University of Pretoria — Clorinda Panebanco-Warrens, Dorette Vermeulen, Phuti Sepuru
- North-West University — Santisa Viljoen, Marisa le Roux, Ewie Erasmus, Alvin Petersen, Hattingh Davel, Mignon van Vreden, Chris van Rhyn, Chris Norwie
3rd International Conference on Spirituality and Music Education — 25-27 March 2015
The research niche entity Musical Arts in South Africa: Resources & Applications (MASARA), in collaboration with SAME (special interest group of ISME), hosted and sponsored the 3rd International Conference on Spirituality and Music Education from 25-27 March 2015 at the School of Music & Conservatory at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus. The theme was “Music education and spirituality – theory and application”. This event was organized by Ms Dirkie Nell.
The conference featured international and national keynote speakers, presentations, poster sessions, roundtable discussions, music performances, and Dalcroze and Sanskrit workshops. The keynote speakers were Prof Rantoa Letšosa: How spiritual is spiritual music? Does it still matter what I sing?, Giorgos Tsiris: Learning from living and dying: Spirituality, music and wellbeing, and June Boyce-Tillman: Gathering the fragments – radical musical inclusion.
Delegates were unanimous that the conference contributed to the development of knowledge and professional practices in music education and related fields. The conference helped to position the SAME organisation at the cutting edge of research in the field of spirituality and music education. “From the moment I walked in I felt warmly received by the cheerful flowers, balloons and small details. The music entertainment during breaks and the effort that went into the event was really appreciated! The conference has been a very positive experience and I am grateful to the organizers” (Delegate Ellré de Kock). “It was such a meaningful nurturing experience – so different from many different academic conferences” (Prof June Boyce-Tillman, UK). “Dirkie and all your colleagues and students: Baie dankie! Thank you for a wonderful conference, which was – as ever – more than just a conference. The live music, the flowers and food, the Taizé service, the care and attention to details and individuals ... all made this a warm, inspiring, educative and life-giving meeting” (Dr John Habron, UK). “Die gaste is almal met sterre in hulle oë hier weg en mooi projekte vir die toekoms sal hieruit voortspruit. Dirkie Nell het vir ŉ jaar lank, hard en aanhoudend aan die reëlings vir die kongres gewerk en sy het almal se hoogste verwagtinge oortref. Sy het geen detail ontsien nie en ‘n wonderlike atmosfeer geskep” (Dr Liesl van der Merwe, MASARA).