Informal Music Education
Music Education for Children
Concert for Kids: Join a Musical Adventure
This concert offers children a first taste in classical music and is tailored to them in a way in which they can understand and enjoy music more easily. Just like travelling around the world, the concert introduces brief introductions for different countries along with performances of their music: “Do-Re-Mi” and “Edelweiss” from Austria, music from The Nutcracker from Russia, tango music from Argentina, Disney animation songs from the United States, and a children’s song medley from Korea. Children are invited to sing along and participate directly in the concert.
Stroller-friendly Concert for Toddlers and Parents
The Daegu Concert House holds the Stroller Concert, a classical music concert for toddlers and their parents each year. The concert is an opportunity for babies and preschool children to enjoy music in their own way and a special stroller zone is provided so that entire families can listen to music while their children sit in strollers.
The concert program offers songs like “You Raise Me Up” and “Over the Rainbow” for children and parents to enjoy together as well as well-known vocal music pieces such as “O Sole Mio” and “Libiamo ne’lieti calici” from La Traviata, one of the best-known opera melodies. Parents, who have found it difficult to attend concerts due to restrictions on children’s admission, can enjoy the performance without having to worry about disturbing the rest of the audience.
Opera Class for Children: Power Up Your Emotions! Watch, Listen, and Sing at the Cultural Playground
The Daegu Opera House runs an Opera Class for Children, an experience-centered arts and culture education program. As an after-school class, it provides children an opportunity to watch, listen to, and sing opera songs under the guidance of an instructor.
In order to help with the systematic understanding of opera, the class offers various programs such as “What is Opera?,” “Play Musical Instruments,” “Vocalization and Breathing for Children,” “Let’s Sing and Audition for Opera,” “Exciting Opera World Tour in Film and Animation,” and “Make-up and Dress-up Like an Opera Singer.” It serves as an opportunity for children to become familiar with, develop interest in, and understand opera.
Music Education for Students
School Arts Instructor Support Program: Send Arts Professionals to Schools
This program, which links public education with arts professionals, selects instructors in the arts and sends them to elementary, middle, and high schools. The program creates jobs for artists and offers fruitful arts education programs for young students. Selected instructors conduct music enrichment programs within and in line with existing curriculum or lead Saturday group activities or after-school childcare classes. Over the past six years, 520 arts instructors in eight genres, including traditional Korean music and dance, have been procured to 320 elementary, middle, and high schools.
- School Arts Instructor Support Program
Kkumdarak Saturday Culture School: Extracurricular Arts and Culture Program
Kkumdarak means a “hideaway of my dreams” and is an extracurricular arts and culture program. This program offers students an opportunity to enjoy a variety of arts and cultural events on Saturdays that help nurture students’ dreams through imaginative play and arts activities, the basic concept behind the Kkumdarak Saturday Culture School.
Kkumdarak Saturday Culture School was introduced as an alternative program when the five-day school week system came into effect for all elementary, middle, and high schools across the country in March 2012. At the school, students can experience activities from various genres of arts and culture such as music, the fine arts, and drama together with their families. This extracurricular program is popular among both students and parents as it offers educational activities during the weekend. It has provided arts education for 7,839 young people and their families over the past five years.
Youth Creation Center: A Space to Freely Express the Artistic Dreams and Talents of Young People
- The 23rd Dalgubeol Youth Traditional Music Contest held at Daegu Arts Center
The city of Daegu runs the Youth Creation Center and the Daegu Youth Center to help young people realize their artistic talent and dreams. It has also held the National Youth Arts Festival that paves the way for young people’s futures to create and appreciate the arts and culture. The National Youth Traditional Music Contest has also been held to foster young people’s character by handing down the heritage of traditional Korean music as well as discover and develop young artists in the field of traditional music.
Music Education for the General Public
Art Is to Enjoy! Arts and Culture Education in Everyday Life
Various educational programs in Daegu are operated in order to enhance citizens’ understanding of and participation in the arts and culture in their everyday lives. Daegu Concert House organizes a lecture concert that combines classical music performances with lectures from various fields in the humanities such as the fine arts, literature, and architecture. The concert makes classical music more accessible and interesting for those who are not yet familiar
The Daegu Foundation for Culture runs the Citizens’ Festival School where people can learn all aspects about festivals, including planning and directing, costumes, and props. Since 1992, the Daegu Branch of the Federation of Artistic and Cultural Organizations of Korea has operated the Arts and Culture University where prominent figures and arts professionals deliver lectures in their respective fields every Tuesday, and since its advent, approximately 5,200 people (about 200 people per year) have graduated from the university so far.
The Daegu Opera House also conducts various arts and culture educational programs for adults that are centered on music. Programs such as “Opera Song Lesson” and “Opera Class” are held once or twice a week, with approximately 70 local residents taking part in each class to learn classical Korean songs and opera arias from professional vocalists.