Free expression in Freinet’s pedagogy- Institutional Pedagogy. Movement and music improvisation motivated by a poem
Katerina Alexiadi, Greek language and literature teacher, theatre theoretician, teacher of C. Orff music pedagogy, cultural administrator, Greece
2,5 hour workshop
Part of the 2018 ATHENS GREECE INTERNATIONAL THEATRE/DRAMA & EDUCATION CONFERENCE
organised by the Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr)
Language: Greek - English
Free expression, according to Freinet’s pedagogy, aims to personal expression and it is not preconceived from the teacher-animator. The trainees are encouraged to express their critical thought and release their creative capabilities individually or in groups. The participants in the workshop will be required to create short dance-theater and music compositions occasioned by a poem, which afterwards they will imprint in graphic scores. The preparation will occur through drama, kinetic exercises and experimentations with small percussion instruments, melodic percussions (glockenspiel) and recorders. The poem will be a start point in order to create soundscapes and kinetic improvisations, which will be imprinted on a piece of paper as graphic scores and afterwards the participants will perform their works in small groups through movement, small percussion instruments and speech. The aim is that the trainees will be familiarized with kinetic and music improvisation through experimentations and stimuli that will be provided by the trainer and that they will be able to use these elements in their everyday pedagogical practice. They will also realize the necessity of the input of the arts in the pedagogical process. At the beginning some exercises of acquaintance will be practiced and afterwards the elements and the stimuli will be given partially in order to lead the participants to create their own short kinetic and music compositions individually or in groups. At the end all the elements will be conjoined for a final result.The compositions of the groups will be performed according to the graphic scores (music and kinetic). Every group will have the opportunity to use its own semiotics that canbe interpreted with music and movement. Speech (the poem), movement and music will be combined in an unbroken unity.The workshop is addressed to teachers of all the levels and to everyone else who would like to participate.
Katerina Alexiadi graduated from the Department of Philosophy and Pedagogy of the University of Crete Greece. She holds an MA in Theatre Studies–Musicology of the University of Athens/Theatre Studies Department and an MA in Cultural Management in Panteion University in the Department of Communication, Media and Culture. She is also a doctoral candidate in the same Departure. She has followed the two years course of Music and Movement Education Orff-Schulwerk offered by Moraitis School. She has studied classical singing, harmony of music and classical and contemporary dance. She has participated in theater and dance performances. She has worked with theatre groups for children and she has organized theatre performances. She has been a member of the Organisation Committee and speaker in International Conferences. She is a secondary school Language teacher in the Experimental Musical High School of Pallini. From September 2014 she is Cultural Project Coordinator in the Directorate of Secondary Education of Eastern Attica. She is a member of the editing committee of the “Education & Theatre” Journal, the Hellenic Theatre/Drama Education Network, the Greek Orff-Schulwerk Association and the Educational Group “To Scasiarxeio”.