Sound and Music in the Lived Experience of Babies, Toddlers and Vulnerable Groups

International Multidisciplinary Symposium

On August 25th and 26th, an international multudisciplinary symposium took place at the Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana. The symposium encompassed topics on sound and music in the lived experience of babies, toddlers and vulnerable Groups.

The symposium examines the role of sound and music in sensitive life periods and situations such as the earliest developmental stages or vulnerable situations (e.g., marginalised individuals and groups, senior citizens, those with various conditions, asylum-seekers). The discussion runs within a broad interdisciplinary framework among artists and renowned international experts in the fields of developmental psychology, neurophysiology, neuropsychology, psychoacoustics, music therapy, music pedagogy, anthropology. The discussion focuses on questions such as: How does music enter and cocreate the human experience from the earliest ages onwards? Why do we even create in the first place? How can we address largely overlooked audiences and encourage listeners and those involved in music – especially creators and performers of music, sound artists and producers – in the broadest sense? What dilemmas arise from the dichotomy between the desire to satisfy the aesthetic expectations of young listeners and the necessity for an ethical, profound and lasting relationship between artists and young audiences? How can an individual become a dialogic partner in hearing the inner world of another person? What are the concepts and experiences of medical ethnomusicology or applied ethnomusicology with regard to the role of music among children and underprivileged individuals and groups? What social or psychological effects are encouraged by including such people in musical activities?

Symposium brochure with programme and abstracts (in Slovene and English)


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Archive: Imago Sloveniae

Photo: Yeremie Pierre Noir