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Emergency Guidelines in Case of World Music


What to Do in Case Cultural Diversity Enters Your Institution?

1. Open all doors and windows. Receive the new influences in the same spirit of curiosity and receptiveness that have been at the core of most major developments in the history of music across the globe.

2. Set realistic, tangible aims and targets for pilot projects or long-term initiatives, and relate them to the key motivation for including these activities in terms of artistic, personal, and organizational outcomes.

3. Be aware that cultural diversity does not refer only to many musical sounds and structures but also to a wealth of approaches to teaching and learning that can benefit the entire institution.

4. Quality criteria are complicated within traditional conservatory subjects; activities in cultural diversity call for an even more flexible set of criteria, with fitness for purpose and relevance to context.

5. The success of cultural diversity in higher music education also depends on its position in the structure, ranging from optional workshops to credited parts of the core curriculum.

6. Cultural diversity has been high on the cultural and political agenda for some time. Placing it carefully in the political and funding climate will benefit the activities and the institution at large.

7. As a new area of development, cultural diversity lends itself very well to making connections in the community surrounding the institute, in the national arts world, and in international networks.

8. Experience shows that successful initiatives in cultural diversity center around inspired people, well supported in the hierarchy. This has implications for leadership, organization, and management.

9. Cultural diversity may lead to the formation of isolated islands within the institution. Constantly involving staff and students in planning, process, and results will help to avert this danger.

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