When we sing…

For Brisbane-based teacher Dr James Cuskelly, discovering Zoltán Kodály’s philosophy was life-changing and for the last 30 years he has been living, working with and spreading the word about the Kodály process of teaching and learning music.

Art Performance previously on at ACMI - Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 15 October 2016 to Saturday 05 November 2016

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Perhaps most importantly, he has been adapting the practices of this philosophy through his own work in schools, universities, community choirs and his summer school.

When we sing… shows Cuskelly at work teaching musicians, performers, students and music teachers of all ages and abilities. The impact of his teaching methods is profound and moving as his simple voice and movement techniques connect with the participants’ musicality and give teachers and performers the tools to unlock this experience in others.

This wholly crowdfunded documentary reveals the core beliefs of Kodály educators, including Dr László Nemes and Pete Churchill, and musicians and educators talk about their experiences connecting with this different way of understanding music and human development. The results are clear in the musical performances in the film, with both adult and children’s choirs singing traditional folk songs, contemporary folksongs, Jazz, Classical and Early Music songs.

James Cuskelly and his collaborators, in showing how anyone can experience the joy of music through this technique, are changing the way music is appreciated and taught. The outcomes are extraordinary.

“If we ourselves sing often, this provides a deep experience of happiness in music. Through our own musical activities, we learn to know the pulsation, rhythm, and shape of melody. The enjoyment given encourages the study of instruments and the listening to other pieces of music as well.” (Zoltán Kodály, 1964).

Melbourne premiere on 15 October will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Julie Romaniuk and Dr James Cuskelly, with a special demonstration of the technique.