A WARM WELCOME FROM OUR COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Welcome from Sachiko Muranaka
It is a great pleasure and honor for us to be able to present the first ICDS in Asia. The Jaques-Dalcroze Society of Japan (JDSJ) was established in 1999 and has about 800 members, most of them working in the music education sector. The purpose of the JDSJ is to provide extensive activities and high-quality courses, so that Dalcroze can be recognized in a wide range of fields, as well as music education.
During the past 20 years, we have held three international conferences, consisting mainly of workshops. The last one was in 2014, with 280 participants from Japan and other parts of Asia such as Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Through collaborating with ICDS on this joint conference, we want to let practitioners and researchers from all over the world learn about the Dalcroze movement in Japan, and at the same time we want to acquire new knowledge and exchange ideas with others.
The venue, Kunitachi College of Music, is in Tachikawa City, which is situated in western Tokyo. Since its establishment, it has produced many professional musicians and music educators, including many Dalcroze researchers.
Tokyo is a cosmopolitan city, where you can enjoy sightseeing, delicious food, traditional arts such as Kabuki, and attend various concerts. It takes only 2.5 hours by bullet train to get to the historic city of Kyoto from Tokyo.
March, when ICDS5 is held, is the most beautiful and comfortable season in Japan. We will welcome you to the conference with cherry blossoms in full bloom. We look forward very much to seeing you in Japan in 2021!
Lecturer, Sapporo International University, Japan
President of Jaques-Dalcroze Society of Japan
Chair of the Organizing Committee, 5th International Conference of Dalcroze Studies
Welcome from John Habron
Welcome to this website and to the ICDS community!
On behalf of the Scientific Committee, I am thrilled to be bringing ICDS to Asia for the first time. This event is a joint venture of the ICDS Scientific Committee and the Jaques-Dalcroze Society of Japan, the first such joint conference in our respective histories. As such, it highlights the potential of partnership and what can be achieved when we find new ways to build bridges across geographical, cultural, and linguistic boundaries.
The ICDS is going from strength to strength and is increasing in size and complexity. The Scientific Committee now has 11 members, including a Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary. The ICDS5 Organizing Committee has twice as many members, at 22! ICDS also now has its first Media and Communications Officer (Agata Trzepierczyńska), who takes care of our social media platforms and digital footprint. These developments reflect the amount of preparation and collaboration required to provide the sort of conference experience that has become so much appreciated by delegates over the years.
The Scientific Committee is made up of leading experts in a variety of fields, all of which have relevance to Dalcroze practice. We also have Dalcroze teachers on the committee, who themselves undertake and supervise research. I am very proud to work alongside all of them and am grateful for their ongoing support and advice.
I am also delighted to be collaborating with Sachiko Muranaka and her colleagues on what promises to be another conference to remember. And, last but by no means least, I am very excited at the prospect of meeting you at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tachikawa City, and to savouring five days of interaction, learning, and reflection together, among the cherry blossom!
Head of Music Education, Royal Northern College of Music, UK
Chair of the Scientific Committee, 5th International Conference of Dalcroze Studies