Masterclass: Music’s role in education and human development Description:
Our task as artists is to elevate people’s consciousness to the point of their accessing an inner state of unity/equality on a spiritual level, which satisfies their hankering for truth, happiness, and peace and makes them aware of and capable of realizing their full potential. We accomplish this using music/music education. To be human means more than survival on a material level. The essence of humanity is in the connection that we share with all beings on the spiritual level. To truly achieve access to and protection through human rights education, we need to address both material and spiritual development. As stated before, music is the most powerful and unique tool for human rights education, to elevate people’s consciousness when it is performed and guided by artists, educators, researchers, and innovators who are qualified to access this inner state of unity on the spiritual level. When our hearts are deeply touched by these sorts of artists, we become very much interested in what they think or feel or want to say. The message of human rights education urgently needs to be endorsed and carried by these transcendental artists, transcendental educators, transcendental researchers, and transcendental innovators who will educate people to sing and perform in a transcendental symphony of unity.
Masterclass goals: Which new skills will your student have at the end of the course?
Human rights education contributes attitudes and behaviors to defend and transmit dignity, respect, justice, democracy, and the rule of law by ensuring, protecting, and guiding every individual’s right to the most essential needs for human existence. According to the mentioned oral traditions in South America, Japan, and India, the sound of music is considered the most powerful tool to elevate human consciousness and access our inner state of unity, equanimity, and equality. This inner state provides the powerful vision that every living being is equal to ourselves, as a part of a unique family. Individuals with this inner state are kind-hearted to all human beings (predisposed to forgive) and dedicated to others’ welfare because they feel satisfied « within » by a peaceful and joyful inner spirit. This inner state of intense joy in unity/equality is the essential emotional quality of music that creates a bridge between metaphysics (as the study of the ultimate reality) and aesthetics (beauty and love). Music is not just an aesthetic pleasure but a bridge from the material to the spiritual. In this way, an individual is able to love all sentient beings, not just human beings, as one loves oneself. This vision of life with the mentioned outcomes would also bring amazing environmental benefits that contribute to the promotion of the achievement of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Through my life’s cross-cultural translation across music cultures in Eastern and Western traditions, I have developed an innovative approach to teaching/learning processes (and music contents), along with an artistic expression that transcends historical issues. The original artistic expression manifested in the three oral traditions from South America, Japan, and India, portrays an essential advancement of human consciousness from the gross to the subtle, from the material to the spiritual, and from the temporal to the eternal. Through this integrative approach, it is demonstrated that art is a force with the power to express the individual’s deep hankering for happiness, rooted in aesthetics. Therefore, aesthetics is at the heart of human existence and is the nature of the ultimate reality of life, the original source of our inner state of unity/equality. The aesthetics in these three oral traditions is at the heart itself of human existence and is the nature of human rights values: interculturality, creative empathy, peace, building character through the full development of the personality, equality, and nondiscrimination for indigenous people, gender equality & woman’s rights etc.
Professor Dr. Luis De La Calle
After living and studying in Peru, Japan, and India for 27 years, Dr Luis De La Calle moved to Europe in 1999 and lived in Denmark for 14 years. He studied European transverse flute at the Copenhagen Pre-Conservatory of Music in Denmark. He was also awarded two master’s degrees in music education and one bachelor’s degree by Lund University, Sweden for his soloist innovation on the De La Calle Quena Flute. Lund University recognized Dr De La Calle as the first individual in the history of music to earn a university degree based on his musical invention. Dr. De La Calle earned not one but two degrees, i.e. a bachelor’s degree in performance and a master’s degree in music education. The President of the Parliament of Peru, the Mayor of Lima, and other mayors from the country awarded Dr. De La Calle with medals and diplomas, due to his international achievements on the De La Calle Quena Flute, as a revolutionary multicultural musical instrument.
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