January 11, 2016 — Coral Gables, FL — For the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, 2016 will ring in a new year with a new film series. The Music Education Department is planning a three-film movie series entitled the ‘Music Learning & Teaching Film Series’ that will include film screenings and panel presentations from experts on the content and schemes of each film. The three movies that will be analyzed are “Don’t Stop the Music BBC”, “Young at Heart” and “Whiplash” and will feature an open dialogue through the medium of movies.
The first of the films, “Don’t Stop the Music BBC”, will be shown on Thursday, January 28th from 7-9 p.m. at the University of Miami’s Clark Recital Hall. The award-winning BBC film—soon to be versioned for US television—explores the importance of music education for children, and the perilous state it’s in. Michael Holstein, producer of Don’t Stop the Music and Professor Scot Evans from UM’s School of Education and Human Development will join Frost School Professors Carlos Abril and Kimberly Sena Moore as panelists. Panelists will discuss the topics of access and equity, music in school and instruments.
“Young at Heart”, the next movie featured in the series, will be shown on Thursday, February 18th from 7-9 p.m. at the Clark Recital Hall. “Young at Heart” is a documentary on a chorus of senior citizens from Massachusetts who learn and perform songs by Jimi Hendrix, Coldplay, Sonic Youth, and other unexpected musicians. Professor Alice-Ann Darrow, Irvin Cooper Professor of Music Therapy and Music Education from Florida State University, will join Frost School Professor Don D. Coffman, who chairs the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy, to discuss music making among older adults. Panelists will have a discussion with the presenter and audience covering topics such as community music, older adults and popular music.
The final film of the series, “Whiplash”, is set to air on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7 p.m. and will cover hegemony and power, jazz and ethics of care. “Whiplash” features a promising young drummer who enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Dean Isaac Prilleltensky from the School of Education and Human Development will join Frost School Professors Jay Rees, John Daversa, Stephen Zdzinski and graduate student John Britton to discuss the issues presented in this film.
This film series is sponsored by the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy and is meant to create a discussion about the portrayal of music learning and teaching in popular film. Each screening is followed by a panel discussion and audience participation.
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