This conference was hosted in collaboration between Extrastiftelsen and Frivillighet Norge, and it was with great honor for the NMF and PULSE team to have attended this conference in Oslo on the 20th March. LEV VEL conference has been organized as a full-day conference over the past five years, and this year the conference was divided into smaller conferences in several places in the country, and in Oslo arranged together with a meeting place by Frivillighet Norge.
The two focal themes that were done on the day were “Health and Volunteering”, and it was indeed a great experience for PULSE to be part of the conference. It really shows that the impact the project is doing is really recognized, as PULSE is a Music and Health project that aims to extend and share the knowledge about how music can be as a tool for Health Promotion and social inclusion.
The NMF had two representatives, Thulani and Ragnhild, who had a slot to share what NMF does for participation and recruitment. Thulani had time to engage with the audience to be practical with them, showing them how important it is to include everyone in the room from different places. The activity he did was from the Activity Library, where PULSE teams gathers and archives activities to help with inclusive teaching and giving kids the opportunity to make new friends.
The team had time to network with some other organizations during breaks. There are common things that PULSE had as compared to other organizations, like reaching out to the low-income areas and also creating a safe environment for the kids.
written by Tshepang Moyo
Photos by Chief Zwane
PULSE had the pleasure of working with 21 aspiring tutors during this week’s Tutor Workshop!
This workshop was the first of four tutor workshops PULSE and Education will arrange this year, and the main focus is to upskill and train new tutors and/or tutors who have not been through the Field Band Academy. The content covered was inspired by Field Band Academy subjects which gives the tutors a solid foundation to teach their members, and also to reflect on their own self-development. The content will vary a little from workshop to workshop, however it will always be a good balance between music, dance, health and professional development.
This group was absolutely amazing! Constantly wanting to learn more and taking responsibility for their own learning made this into a really fun teaching experience for PULSE. Not knowing each other at the beginning of the week, they managed to create a safe and healthy environment where there was room for questions, improvement and expansion of their comfort-zone. These workshops are not only about theoretical knowledge, they are about gaining social skills, helping each other and showing team work through different activities. PULSE want to thank everyone for their focus, great personalities and for the fun times we had!
Watch some of our activities here :
PULSE can’t wait for the next workshop!
In the meantime, PULSE will be busy planning and facilitating the Social Officer workshop which takes place next week, and ABRSM music theory workshop the following week. Busy times, but fun!!
Written by: Madeleine
Photos & Videos by: Lise, Jakob & Madeleine
Life Skills are targeted differently in South Africa and Norway in the banding environment and in schools. In South Africa, within the Field Band Foundation, the purpose of life skills is to holistically develop a child in a band and empower them with information to make responsible decisions in life. In Norway life skills are taught in schools and there are no specific life skills sessions in the bands. The social skills that children learn in the band are more like a practice of what they teach them at schools. The PULSE Team in Norway is currently working with an activity library to help school bands with different activities and energizers that can be used in their bands, this activity can also contribute in teaching life skills, crowed control, team building and help the children to make new friends.
The most important things you learn or benefit from being part of the band are Music & Self-believe. Being In a band you get to learn how to play an instrument and read music with others whiles you in that process you Make friends across age and gender, become better acquainted with people your age group in your neighborhood or community and Learn to cooperate with and be considerate of others.
You are taught by an instructor in how to play your instrument and master it or get better in your playing in that way you get to feel the sense of belonging because in a band every member is important, and you all given challenges that are suitable for your level. you learn to be discipline, we learn to experience a feeling of working in a group with different people with similar interests and share ideas with other people you get a feeling of mastering.
You get a good experience and a meaningful activity to attend in your spare time, take an active part in enjoyable concerts, weekend seminars and band trips.
Written by Martin Sibiya
Photos by Martin Sibiya & Dennis Tlou
Last week, PULSE went on Educational Band Visits to Hanover and Petrusville.
To give you a small insight to what PULSE is doing during a band visits, you can watch our VLOG from Petrusville!
Written by: Madeleine
Video by: Madeleine
Photos by: Jakob
During winter PULSE in Bergen and Oslo, there was a good cooperation between the activity guide project and the PULSE project. VinterPULSE is a holiday program for both children who are playing in school bands and the ones who are not playing in bands. The project lasts for five days in each region from 08:00 to 15:30. Since PULSE is a music and health project our aim for this project is to give children an opportunity to experience the sense of belonging in the banding environment. One of our goals is to recruit children without banding or musical background into the banding movement. The VinterPULSE content is not only focusing on musical training, we also try to bring some other activities that can help the participants in making new friends and learning about daily life skills.
It can be a bit challenging these days for children to find activities to participate in after school hours because of the family’s financial situation or other circumstances . Norges Musikkorps Forbund ( The Norwegian Band Federation) and Oslo Idrettskrets (Oslo Sports Association) has collaborated in coming up with a project called Activity guide. The Activity guide project is currently operating in Oslo and Hordaland, but in Hordaland the project is run without the cooperation with the sports association. The goal about this project is to help children and parents to find their own choice of spare time activities, provide them with necessary information or also help them to get support or any other assistance if it is needed. We believe that every child should be able to participate in an activity that they have chosen them self. the main goal of this project is not to get them in the banding movement only, but the children must be able to find their sense of belonging and mastering in any other activity their taking part in. We also have young people who are working in the project who are following the kids during rehearsal and after to make sure that they’re well and happy.
After Activity Guide working together with PULSE and NMF Peer educators during the winter PULSE, we gave experienced that there is a good potential in achieving most of our goals. The teams has made a great effort to make sure that the children and parents get an opportunity to be part of the banding movement. We were impressed and happy to see some parents engaging with Activity guide leaders during to get information about banding activity. After VinterPULSE several children has send their application to activity guides asking to join bands. This is a good indicator for us to measure our goals which is children finding a sense of belonging and getting the feeling of achievement. The activity guides are eager to do follow ups and make sure these children experience belonging and mastering in the band. Working together is something that all parts will benefit from and we really experienced that these last two weeks
Written by Tshepang Moyo and Chief Zwane
photos by : Mads and E Vindi
PULSE went on their first Educational Band Visit in 2019 last week to Thabazimbi and Springs. It was great to finally try out the new content that PULSE has been developing the past months. In addition, the band visit is a great opportunity for PULSE to see how the staff works together as a team and how their positive dynamics reflect on the members.
PULSE is conducting a Music and Health Focus Group Discussion this year, which gives the staff an opportunity to discuss topics around their role. One major factor that was addressed was being a role model. When PULSE attends the rehearsals, this is exactly what we see; members looking up to the field band staff. The participants from PULSE all come from different teaching backgrounds, and it is a wonderful experience seeing different methods of, not only teaching, but interacting with members. This is something PULSE can learn from and take back to Norway!
One of the important tasks in field band is to build self-esteem in members and teaching values. When building self-esteem and confidence there will be a difference between giving a +2 mark with a smiley face rather than a -18, even though the score will reflect the same result. This is the positive approach PULSE got to witness in Thabazimbi, and this is due to the dedication of the staff to be the best role-models they can be.
PULSE is very excited for the next band visits that are lined up and on Monday we are leaving for Hanover and Petrusville!
Written by: Madeleine
Photos by: Madeleine, Lise, Jakob, Denis
As we have rolled over into the year of 2019, PULSE is now in the process of giving input on the development of the new FBF E-Learning platform. On Thursday, FBF and PULSE attended the New Leaf Technologies seminar to learn more about this. New Leaf Technologies is an excellent E-Learning provider that is developing our adaptive learning platform, and we can’t wait to see the final results!
E-Learning is becoming a buzz word in the learning and development industry. Moving into a paperless world is just a small part of what E-Learning actually has to offer. Here are some fun facts!
Did you know that:
- E-Learning speeds up employee training? It typically requires 40-60% less employee time than learning in a traditional classroom setting and it gives the students access to learning material at anytime, anywhere.
- It will highly reduce the cost of training? By having all training in one place, you don’t have to find facilitators or venues!
- It maximizes knowledge retention! E-Learning can increase knowledge retention rate by 25-60%, simply because it is much more engaging than learning in a traditional classroom setting.
- It increases productivity! E-Learning can actually increase productivity by 50%, because it gives the student the opportunity to learn at their own pace and in their own environment. It is also personalized to suit everyones educational needs.
- It betters collaboration and communication. Because E-Learning gives you a chance to communicate with peers and facilitators in real time, it creates an open and communicative environment where skills and knowledge can be shared among everyone.
-Brandon Hall (2001 and Rosenberg 2001)
To have access to all learning material, activities and information on one platform, contributes to excellent learning and development opportunities for everyone. Moving into a finalizing stage of the pilot project, PULSE and FBF are excited to see the positive results!
Stay tuned to hear more about this project!
Written by: Madeleine
Photos by: Madeleine