Organised by Auditorio de Tenerife’s Education and Social Area, the first session of  Taller de Comunicación Didáctica para la Música [Workshop on Didactic Communication for Music] is starting on Thursday, the 21st. In this meeting, musicologist Marina Hervás will deliver a theoretical session with the paper Educating (musically) beyond the canon: towards inclusive communication and show programming which will be followed the next day by a practical class with school children at 10:00 am, during the Quantum Ensemble’s concert Fricciones.

This is the first time the meeting is taking place. It includes three experts who will give talks and practical sessions dealing with the different situations concert pedagogical presenters have to deal with. Learning resources have been previously prepared for them. The initiative comes in answer to the need of providing for increasingly active audiences who require this type of figure to explain the contents in an amusing way. There is currently no formal education of this field on the island.

These workshops are open to students of music and journalism, conservatoire and primary school teachers, pedagogues, actors, narrators, dancers, artists, etc. You can enrol for free by sending an email with your personal details and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The workshop aims to give participants tools to address different kinds of audiences like learners, the elderly and groups at risk of social exclusion. People who do the workshop will be included in a list of music didactic communicators and they will go on with their training through other concerts included in Auditorio de Tenerife’s programme.

After this first experience, the next workshop will be with Belén Otxotorena, actor, narrator and dramatization teacher, who will read her paper Narración y música, ¡qué buena pareja!, [Narrating and Music, what a good match!] on 12 February. The following day there will be an event with school children attending the Espejos pre-concert talk by Quantum Ensemble. Finally, Eva Sandoval, piano teacher, musicologist and an Environmental Science graduate, will be on the island to read a paper on classical music on 13 May. The practical activity will take place on the 14th before the Prisma concert by the same ensemble.  

In her paper, Tenerife expert Marina Hervás, who teaches at the Master in Cultural Industries of the Universidad Europea Miguel de Cervantes and at the Escuela de Cinematografía y audiovisuales de Madrid (ECAM), will talk about the responsibility cultural institutions and their programmers have when they decide to either support or question a certain musical canon in their pedagogical programmes. She will also share her thoughts on what it means “to be pedagogical” in a concert.

The main goal is to learn the tools to develop one’s own voice and stance, getting to know the strengths and weaknesses of the proposals of leading cultural venues; it also aims to build communication skills and to learn to program pedagogical projects that cater for a wider range of audiences, ages, circumstances and contexts.

Hervás has a PhD in Philosophy from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and has a degree in Philosophy (Universidad de La Laguna), in Musicology (Universidad de La Rioja) and a Master in the Theory of Art and Cultural Management (Universidad de La Laguna). She has a professional degree in violin and is an active member of Barcelona young orchestras. In 2011 she won the first prize in the MECD’s Social Science and Humanities at the Certamen Nacional de Investigación ‘Arquímedes’ [National Research Competition]. She usually takes part in national and international conventions. She has written cultural reviews for Scherzo, Codalario, Culturamas, Núvol, ABC, La Opinión de Tenerife, Sul Ponticello, etc. and for her own project Cultural Resuena.