The activities carried out by the AWPM cover the following complementary areas: pedagogical, editorial, and musical and cultural.
Training Programs: training of music and music education teachers, educators, music students and other professionals working with children.
Publications: publication of books, CDs, and other didactic resources.
Concerts: promoting concerts with children and young performers; supporting vocal and instrumental groups; exchange with other national and international institutions.
The AWPM Teacher Training Centre
The AWPM Teacher Training Centre was accredited as a training entity by the Scientific-Pedagogical Council of Continuing Education, on 29 June 2009. The Centre as been re-accredited for three-year periods. The most recent accreditation dates from 2022.
Accreditation of Teacher Training Programs
The teacher training programs carried out since 2008, namely, all the Music Pedagogy Courses taught by Prof. Jos Wuytack, as well as other courses taught by Dr. Graça Boal Palheiros have been accredited by the Scientific-Pedagogical Council of Continuing Education.
Accreditation of these actions has been carried out for teachers from the following groups:
250 (Music Education, 2nd Cycle of Basic Education), 610 (Music, 3rd Cycle), M 28 (Musical Formation), M 32 (Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles), 100 (Early Childhood Educators) e 110 (1st Cycle Teachers).
Courses taught by Jos Wuytack
The courses taught by Jos Wuytack present teaching strategies for music education, inspired by the Orff-Schulwerk. Their structure is different for each country, according to the tradition created by the pedagogue himself and by different organisations (universities and music education associations), in function of the existing local education modalities and the needs of the participants. In North America (Canada and U.S.A.) the courses are called Orff Schulwerk Courses. They are organized in three levels, which can be followed by a Master Class. Each course has a duration of 30 hours per week, with a total of 180 hours of training. In Europe (Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Portugal, and Spain), the courses are called by different titles (Orff Kurz, Orff-Schulwerk Kursus, Méthode Active Orff, Musicopédagogie Jos Wuytack, Curso de Pedagogia Musical, Curso de Pedagogía Musical Activa). Generally, these courses are organized in five levels, which can be preceded by a course especially for pre-school and primary teachers. Each course has a duration of 20 or 30 hours, with a total of 120 to 150 hours of training. The training is mostly practical. The musical and pedagogical components are as follows: musical practice (active music listening, vocal and instrumental performance, musical creation and improvisation, movement, and dance); music theory (musical elements and form); pedagogical principles (e.g., activity, creativity, community, and totality, amongst others); methodologies and strategies for teaching music to children and young people. The musical repertoire includes various musical styles, such as classical, pop, aleatoric and repetitive, with a special emphasis on traditional music from many diverse cultures around the world.