Music students from Japan and Edinburgh College struck all the right notes during the first of what is hoped to be a number of knowledge exchange visits.
Twelve classical music students visited schools and projects around the city, taking part in a range of community and music education activities and lessons. They also visited two the college’s Milton Road and Sighthill campuses to meet students, share their culture and ideas as well as perform songs and music – a wonderful common language.
The group also attended a reception with the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Councillor Frank Ross, and the Consul General for Japan in Edinburgh at the City Chambers to learn more about the heritage of the area.
Jess Abrams, lecturer in Community Music and Music Education at Edinburgh College, hosted the Japanese cohort’s visit and said: “It has been a wonderful experience having students come all the way from Japan to learn about community and music education projects.
“It’s been a brilliant and meaningful time with the students from Japan. Through sharing cultures and music, friendships were made. Our own students are definitely hoping for a return visit.
“I see this as the beginning of a great partnership benefitting both sets of students, not only in terms of their musical learning but their own personal development.”
Rebecca Watson, Music Education student at the college’s Milton Road campus, said: “I’ve loved having the guys from Kunitachi College over to visit us, it’s been a fantastic experience spending time with them, learning about the way they are taught music at their home college and watching them perform.
“They performed ‘Loch Lomond’ for us, the Lord Provost and the Consul General at the City Chambers, which was really special – their voices were amazing.
Rebecca, who will complete her Popular Music course in June this year, urges future students to make the most of any similar opportunities which may come their way in years to come.
“It’s definitely something worth being involved in, we’ve had a brilliant opportunity to meet people from the other side of the world, learn about their musical culture and education, and have great fun at the same time.”