The OEI and the awkward acronym

Posted by Adrian Anantawan on Wednesday, July 13, 2011
It's always interesting to see a program in it's infancy, especially in retrospect. Here's a section of our proposal in 2010, before it was called the CODA Project:

The Outreach Education Initiative (OEI) will focus on the educative performance of classical chamber music, while stressing creative and innovative ways to interact within at-need sectors of the Ottawa community.

The program will include:
  • Research and discussion of target groups, from their socio-economic, sensory motor, psychosocial, cognitive and emotional background
  • Identifying and reviewing pre-existing programs within music education (curricular and extracurricular), but also broadening our perspective to include effective strategies within the arts in general
  • Developing appropriate tools and skills through peer-informed improvisation and adaptive methodology, thus allowing students to create an informed program while addressing the specific needs of the target population
  • Evaluating the potential of resulting techniques, leading to a clearer understanding of the areas of optimal benefit of classical music within their target population
  • Implementing the resulting programs within the community
Questions will include:

What is the ultimate goal of an intended outreach program, and what needs are you addressing within the framework of your target group?

In which domains can we identify areas of benefit that can be attributed directly to classical music? In other words, why use classical, rather than pop music?

Which methods and techniques ultimately lead to the optimal amount of active participation of your target group, rather than passive listening?

What facets of your program will motivate children to learn more about classical music?

Did we find any answers to these questions? More soon!

The CODA Project

Created in 2010 by myself and colleague Bryan Wagorn, the Community Outreach for Developing Artists (CODA) program was implemented June 2011 at the National Arts Centre (NAC) Summer Music Institute (SMI), founded by Isreali violinist Pinchas Zukerman.