The Wuytack Association for Music Pedagogy (Associação Wuytack de Pedagogia Musical - AWPM), is a pedagogical, cultural, and non-profit association, with a public utility status. It was created in Porto, Portugal, in 1992, for the purpose of disseminating the musical and pedagogical principles elaborated by the Belgian composer and pedagogue Jos Wuytacka world leading figure in the field of music teacher education.
The activities carried out by the AWPM cover the following complementary areas: pedagogical (teacher education), editorial (publication of books and CD’s), musical and cultural (launching of concerts with children and young musicians, exchange with other organisations, both national and international).
Emanating from the ideas of the Orff-Schulwerk, the Wuytack Pedagogy is based on the principles of activity, creativity, community and totality. Developing an elemental music, which creates a unity with word and movement, this pedagogy aims at the integration of verbal, musical and corporal expression. The goal is that children participate in the joy of making music together, through the combination of voice, as a means of expression, par excellence, of human beings, the Orff instruments, used for musical creation and performance, and the body, to express movement, mime, and dance.
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