The Second All-Poland Conference for Music Teachers of Non-Music Schools The Second All-Poland Conference for Music Teachers of Non-Music Schools

The Second All-Poland Conference for Music Teachers of Non-Music Schools

“Polish music through the ages”


23–24 November 2018

Centre for Creative Work in Radziejowice


The Fryderyk Chopin Institute invites music teachers of non-music schools to a conference dealing mainly with listening to classical music and ways of introducing it to pupils. Besides the performance of music, listening with comprehension to the most important musical ‘texts’ is the most important aim of musical education in schools. As well as stimulating pupils to be musically active, it should also educate future generations of music lovers.

Experienced music educators, artists, musicologists, music critics and journalists have been invited to consider the ways in which pupils encounter classical music. The lectures and workshops will be devoted entirely to Polish music from the Renaissance to the present day. The task of the lectures is to present the rich Polish heritage and the latest phenomena in musical culture. Thanks to the workshops, meanwhile, participants will be able to familiarise themselves with selected works through educational activities inspired by those works. The workshop leaders will also propose specific ways of working with children on the basis of selected compositions. The educational proposals will include materials available on the websites and multimedia applications of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, the National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute, including the Music Archive for Schools, and also the Institute of Music and Dance, including the portal Traditional Dance.



23 November

9:00 – registration of participants and allocation of accommodation


10:00 – opening of the conference: the Director of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, Dr Artur Szklener


10:15 – piano recital by Krzysztof Książek

featuring polonaises and mazurkas by Polish composers


11:00 – inaugural lecture

The polonaise in the output of Polish composers


The youthful and mature polonaises of Fryderyk Chopin will be shown in the light of the output of his predecessors (including Michał Kleofas Ogiński and Maria Szymanowska), making it possible to see beyond easily recognisable stylistic features in his later polonaises and to delve into the deeper meanings they come to bear.

Lecturer: Prof. John Rink (University of Cambridge)


12:30–12:45 – coffee break


12:45 – lecture with workshops

Polish music of the second half of the twentieth century

Output from the second half of the twentieth century seen from the perspective of the late 2010s reveals the wide range of works by Polish composers which can now be regarded as classics. The lecturers will trace a map enabling listeners to find their bearings in this diverse material. The workshops will show just how much inspiration educators can derive from this repertoire.

Leaders: Marta Tabakiernik, Dagna Sadkowska, Paweł Szamburski


14:30 – dinner


16:00 – lecture with workshops

Songs of Young Poland. Mieczysław Karłowicz

The output of modernist, ‘Young Poland’ composers represents an incredibly rich, yet still insufficiently familiar, trove of masterpieces. Particularly interesting is output created from a dialogue between words and music – both art song and symphonic programme music. The leading figure of that period is Mieczysław Karłowicz. In the lecture, his legacy will be presented within the broad context of Young Poland music. It will be followed by a workshop exploring his songs.

Leaders: Prof. Marcin Gmys (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), Olga Siemieńczuk, Karolina Tańska


18:00 – lecture

Polish national dances

The canon of five Polish national dances, comprising polonaise, mazur, kujawiak, oberek and krakowiak, is a consequence of social and cultural processes over several centuries. What are the origins of each of these dances and what helped to shape their present-day form? What other dances could have joined the canon?

Lecturer: Dr hab. Tomasz Nowak (University of Warsaw)


19:00 – supper


20:00 – dance workshops

Polish national dances

During the dance workshops at the end of day one of the conference, there will be an opportunity to experience in movement everything we have heard about in the lectures.

Leaders: Kamil Drzas and Jakub Raźny, dancers of the Warszawianka ensemble, Piotr Ptak, leader of music group, Anna Lewandowska, instructor of Warszawianka


24 November

9:30 – an encounter with Ewa Pobłocka

The best inspiration for educational work is an encounter with an outstanding musician. Ewa Pobłocka is an esteemed pianist, chamber musician and teacher, and also mother of two daughters, a singer and a cellist, with whom she plays in chamber repertoire. Over the course of her career, she has worked with many splendid musicians – singers, pianists, conductors and also composers – giving first performances and making first recordings of works by Witold Lutosławski, Andrzej Panufnik, Paweł Mykietyn, Paweł Szymański and others.

Leader: Agata Kwiecińska


11:30 – coffee break combined with a presentation of publications issued by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute and PWM Edition, and also the music periodicals Ruch Muzyczny, Glissando and Presto, as well as the prize-giving of the music teachers’ competition ‘The Classics in Class: The Best Lesson about Polish Music’.


12:30 – dinner


14:00 – lecture with workshops

Music of the Polish Renaissance and Baroque. Mikołaj Gomółka

In the lecture, we will explore the panorama of Polish music of the Renaissance and the Baroque, together with the key composers and works of those times. Foremost among them is Mikołaj Gomółka, whose Melodie na psałterz polski [Melodies for the Polish psalter] will form the material for the educational activities proposed in the workshops.

Leaders: Magdalena Łoś-Komarnicka, Aleksandra Endzelm


15:30 – conclusion of the conference


15:45 – departure for the Chopin Museum in Warsaw and a tour of an exhibition devoted to Polish composers and an exhibition about the links between Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski (optional)

Conference participants will receive guides to listening to psalms by Gomółka, songs by Karłowicz, polonaises by Chopin and works by Polish composers of the second half of the twentieth century.