ÉNekÚT - Danubia Orchestra's new music education platform
After the launch of our revolutionary new streaming platform, A Way to Music (utazenehez.hu), we are now trying to serve the cause of classical music with another innovation: this time we want to offer teachers and children a modern, experience-oriented aid for vocal education in schools. Building on the content of A Way to Music and the Danubia Orchestra's online educational videos, the ÉnekÚt site offers teachers a full year of lesson plans broken down into lessons to make learning music more fun through curriculum-related videos and short musical excerpts. In addition to popular musical education lessons by conductor Máté Hámori, the website will also offer schools participating in the programme access to music and composers related to the curriculum, or even solfege exercises, as well as large band karaoke videos created, which may help to engage more inhibited pupils in singing together. The interface and content of the programme can be varied by the teachers, so everyone can create a lesson plan to suit their own taste and pace, and the videos can be viewed at home. Any school in Hungary can join the programme.
In 2020, Danubia Orchestra Óbuda and artistic director, conductor Máté Hámori launched an unconventional series related to Beethoven's birthday, where Máté Hámori guides the audience into the mysteries of sounds and creative processes, thereby giving them insight into the dilemmas of creation and re-creation. In the morning events related to the series, the orchestra would also like to show the way to music for those who are most likely to identify with the drama of the 250-year-old composer’s life: hearing impaired people. Any physical appliance would be involved at the free concerts given by the orchestra for the audience with special needs in order to deliver the fantastic experience music can offer to those who do not hear at all or hear sounds different to those who have sound hearing. Mastermind Máté Hámori will resort to a sign language interpreter to talk about the secrets of the music of Beethoven or the musician to be recently presented, and hearing impaired will be able to experience the music using physical medial devices and special contact speakers. Anyone who feels it best can sit among the musicians onstage. Moreover, social experiences less natural for hearing impaired people in everyday life are also important: the experience commonly felt at a concert.
COMMON VOICE PROJECT
The Common Voice is a joint program of Danubia Orchestra Óbuda and Malta Symphony for the artistic integration of children learning music at catching-up settlements. During the program, orchestra members will establish a personal relationship with the children and teachers attending the music learning program of the Malta Symphony, they develop common artistic goals during regular meetings, and having done joint rehearsals, they perform at the concerts of the orchestra at the Musical Academy for season ticket holders of the season 2021/2022. When designing the concert programs, we consider the children’s current skill set, and present short compositions of 3 to 6 minutes providing the greatest motivation and joy possible. We also invite children's families to the concerts, thereby stressing to them that artistic experience and motivation may have a major role in the process of integration. Performances will be repeated in the children’s own environment, in their village, as possible.
ADVENTURE TIME! FESTIVAL
The Adventure Time! Festival is the first classical music festival in Hungary specifically aimed at children and families with small children. For the first time, we gathered the best, funniest and most lovable performances for a weekend in August 2020, aiming at the unique purpose: bringing classical music to the kids’ heart by amusing them. Besides Danubia’s own productions, performances of renowned artists were introduced, thereby presenting not only classical music, but also the genres of opera or even jazz. The free accompanying programs include, among other things, demonstration of instruments, handicraft sessions and storytelling. The host of the festival is the Danubia Orchestra Óbuda who, by their innovative performances, have in recent years demonstrated to thousands of enthusiastic children how cool classical music could be. The artistic director of the festival is Máté Hámori, originator and creator of dozens of innovative performances, and a prominent figure in educating new recruit of musicians.