The conductor’s week known as the Dirigentuka in Norwegian, is one of the largest and most popular conducting courses in Norway. The course host over 100 participants and a teaching staff of 15 -20 acclaimed conductors and educators and Its available for international participants. The course is aimed at a broad spectrum of conductors in both brass band and wind band conductors. The participants selection from beginners, intermediate to experienced professionals. The conductor’s week is a collaboration between the Norwegian Band Federation and the University of Stavanger’s Department of music and dance.
The Pulse Team have been invited to attend and take part in this reputable course in Stavanger and will be attending all sessions during the course from the 05 until 09 August 2019. During that week, they will also have a seminar with the conductors where they will talk about Pulse activities, music and activity library.
The team is currently preparing themselves with music to practice the conducting and have attended a three days training program in Oslo, facilitated by Jon Frode Berg who is a former Bands Crossing Boarders 2005 and 2006 participant. He is a percussion player and has a background both as a professional musician and as a conductor. He has also participated in Dirigentuka. The aim of the three-day training program is to focus on reading and understanding the score and conducting techniques. This course will be helpful to the team as it is an opportunity that will help upskill ourselves, when it comes to conducting and some of the knowledge will be helpful to use and share with Field Band Foundation in South Africa.
Written by: Bongani Goliath
Pictures: NMF Page & Eva
Even though the exchange time is coming to an end soon, PULSE is busier than ever!
The Music and Movement Workshop ended last Monday with an excellent and professional In-House Concert where groups from the different sessions performed what they had learned throughout the week. The workshop lasted for 7 days without any days off, so seeing the dedication and high energy from every participant was truly inspiring. For PULSE, this workshop was a big highlight of the exchange in South Africa.
During the workshop, despite working hard throughout the days, PULSE and FBE arranged a big talent show; Field Band X Factor! After seeing the different numbers performed, PULSE can safely say that Field Band is driven by extremely talented staff! PULSE got to witness everything from different musical numbers to dance and poetry. Well done!
Writing about this workshop does not justify being there and experiencing it. Therefore, please enjoy a video from the week!
Written by: Madeleine
Videos by: Madeleine & Lise
The independent Living festival’ is Norway’s largest celebration of the fight for justice, equality and freedom for the disable. The PULSE team in Norway was formally invited to lead the parade and perform as guest artists during the celebration.It is a big achievement for our project to be involved in celebrating achievements for people who leaving with disabilities. As a music and health project this is one of the relationships and projects we wish to keep forever. One of our goals is to empower people living with disabilities, to make them feel proud, strong, equal and to be visible citizens in their countries
In a little space of time that our team has spent with Uloba and other projects in the celebration, our PULSE team feel so inspired by seeing how they manage to raise disability awareness to the Public. To educate and give information to the public about disability awareness is one of our biggest goals in the PULSE curriculum. As it is almost the end of our 2018/2019 exchange program for team in Norway and South Africa we hope this information will be implemented in our bands and communities to better the environments about disability awareness.
It was so impressive to see one of the politicians taking part in the parade singing and dancing along with PULSE team, Trine Skei Grande who is a minister of Culture and Equality in Norway and. We have really enjoy playing South African music and dancing, the parade was long but due to the mood it felt so short. If the was any chance for us to do this we were definitely going to do it.
Written by Chief Zwane
Photos by Tshepang Moyo
It is finally happening!
PULSE and Education is currently hosting the national Music and Movement workshop, everyone is working hard and having a great time. Even though the days are long, the energy is on top throughout the days and there is some wonderful creativity and musicianship going on.
For this workshop, PULSE and Education has invited one Band Coordinator/Senior Tutor and one dance tutor from each band and our focus for this workshop is to improve the music and dance skills. Each day consists of classes such as music theory, dance techniques, arranging, choreography, ensemble, sectionals and full band. In addition to the standard PULSE and Education facilitators, the participants have had the pleasure of working with four external facilitators as well. They are bringing in their amazing expertise in classes like dance, sectionals, full band and ensemble.
There are still a few more days to go, and the whole workshop will end with an In-House Concert on Monday 24th. Here, the participants will be able to showcase everything they have learned throughout the week and we can’t wait!
In addition to the standard classes, the facilitators will arrange a spectacular Talent Show where the participants can show off their talents, so stay tuned for more updates and pictures from this workshop!
Written by: Madeleine
Pictures by: Madeleine & Lise
These are sessions that happens in second grade with the seven-year-old learners during school hours. Where they normally have music session or period in their schedule. This project happens just for four weeks with PULSE involved. This is a form of recruitment for the school band. The PULSE team would basically meet with the school conductor first before starting with rehearsals just to get an overview of how, when and what is expected from the team.
Then PULSE team joins the sessions having the allocated times and days on when to. The most important elements the team focuses on when running the sessions are “to make sure that kids feel safe throughout the sessions, they get feeling of achievement, feeling of mastering and most of all they feel a sense of belonging”. All this will happen by the team doing activities with them, teaching them some south African songs and music there are non-musician instruments that are being used as well. Instruments like Boom whackers and P-Buzzes and dancing whilst singing. A show will be produced out of all this and be showcased to the parents on the last day of the project.
The goal for this project as explained on the latter is to get more members joining in the band after this project. And this had resulted a positive result for the band in the previous years.
Written by: Tshepang Moyo
Pictures by: NMF Web
PULSE has been vary busy with a lot of fun workshops lately! Last week, PULSE did the second round of the Tutor Workshop and everyone had a blast. In addition to the standard content, the tutors were in charge of arranging a social evening where they had prepared games, a play (with live sound effects!) and a house concert. The energy was on top the entire week and the community that has been created at this workshop is absolutely beautiful. When reflecting and evaluating the workshop at the end of the week, there were two words that kept repeating itself; teamwork and family.
PULSE would like to thank all the participants for the hard work, fun times and dedication and we are already excited for round three in August!
Please check out our vlog with some highlights from the week.
This week, PULSE enjoyed another band visit round- this time visiting Hammanskraal and Witbank and next week will be filled with ABRSM music theory workshop so stayed tuned!
Written by: Madeleine
Videos/pictures by: Madeleine, Tove
The 17th of May was established as a National Day in 1814 as the Constitution of Norway was signed in Eidsvoll, declaring Norway as an independent nation. PULSE was really honoured to be part of such beautiful celebration once again with 2018/19 participants in Norway we had our different experiences on this special day both in Oslo and in Bergen. In Bergen Martin was in a parade with the band that he works with weekly, Varden Skole musikkorps and Bongani did the same with the band that he works with Hellen skole Musikkorps. In Oslo it was the same with Chief and Tshepang Parading with Furuset Skole Musikkorps. Penny and Katlego are the Two Toneheim Students from the Field Band Foundation, had a chance to be part of this day and partake in a parade as they last activity before they head home. Here are some of the personal experiences from the PULSE Team:
Tshepang: My personal experience was before the 17th on our dress rehearsal at Furuset when the school Band marched to the Complex and the band played for the Elderly people outside their homes. Music is healing, it’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we all can reflect on no matter which culture you are from; everyone loves music and it brings people together and one will feel the sense of belonging and inclusion. That’s what really touched me! Seeing the joy in their faces and some dancing and waving their flags was the best. In addition, being part of the parade was a great experience! Seeing all those kids parading and passing by the Royal palace, the cheering from people on the side of the streets was phenomenal. Bongani: This was a special day for me, it reminded me of my roots and who I am. To see families coming out in numbers, wearing their traditional attire, marching bands in their uniforms, playing music and parading in the streets of Norway, people waving the national flag on the side of the road. This showed love, togetherness and the pride that they have for their beloved country. It also reminded me of our Freedom Day and Heritage Day combined in one, where everyone celebrates who they are. This was indeed a great honour and privilege to be part of this special celebration, especially wearing the band uniform, marching and playing music with Hellen Skole Korps. It reminded me of my early days when I was a member/student, marching in the streets of Soweto with pride and determination, showing off to my friends who had not yet joined the band. This was my way to show them that banding is the cool, and a positive way to life. Not everyone gets an opportunity like this, to be part of such a celebration. To me it was a lifetime experience and an experience that I have been waiting for years. Martin: What made 17th of May special for me was the anticipation from everyone who have experienced this day before us, they asked questions like ‘what are you going to be doing on the constitutional day?’. It made me realise how special the day was. When the day came, I decided to put a twist on what I was wearing. I had my Zulu piece on my head called “Umqhele” and Norwegians medals. This was the way to celebrate who I am at the same time acknowledging where I am and how fortunate I was to be part of this beautiful celebration. Being in a street Parade with Varden Skole Musikkorps was just a cherry on top. Everyone had a smile on their faces, singing and dancing. this is indeed the day I will never forget in my life. Takk så mye Norge
Written by: Martin, Tshepang and Bongani
Pictures by: Martin, Tshepang, Bongani and Hellen Skole Musikkorps Page