Korea & USA Project

This project is part funded by, and was developed in response to, the ITAC Connecting Hosts Project funding strand 2018 - 2020.

Coordinating Teaching Artist:
Beata, Jintak and Jeehye

The project allowed Beata, an experienced US-Korean Teaching Artist, to conduct a residency in Seoul, working with 10 - 50 year olds on self-expression through music and composition. The initiative provided a platform to exchange ideas and transfer knowledge within the field. It also offered training to local Teaching Artists on how to deliver these sessions in their own communities. The goal was to remind music learners, in a context which often highly pressurizes learners to aim for ‘perfection’, to value the process rather than the product.

Beata, Jintak and Jeehye collaborated on the delivery of workshops as well as the connections and development with local Korean Teaching Artists.

The initiative explored key questions throughout, including:

  1. Pre Residency: How can we have an understanding of cultural diversity through getting to know the musical works of an artist?

  2. Residency: How can the orchestra musicians express themselves musically in more creative and meaningful ways? How can they find empowerment through their music-making and use music-making to promote positive change in society?

  3. How can the teaching artists incorporate more imaginative and creative ways in their work as musicians and educators? How can they find empowerment through their music-making and use music-making to promote positive change in society? How can younger TAs take more ownership of teaching artistry and embrace their own vision of what being a good TA means?

  4. Post residency: Continue conversations/reflections online. The goal would be to start a dialogue with teaching artists in Korea that can be continued online.

We are delighted to have supported this work and you can read more about Beata's findings at: https://itac-collaborative.com/beata-korea-usa/

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