Music camps: an educational proposal from Catalonia
Authors: Diego Calderón Garrido, Josep Gustems Carnicer, Caterina Calderón Garrido
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In this paper we try to display the history of music camps in our country, emphasizing the contribution and leadership of Catalan institutions, based on a comprehensive documentary compilation. Although the birth of school camps nationwide occurred in Madrid, in Catalonia a number of aspects (the hiking tradition, the importance of choruses, etc.) came together, leading to the creation of musical camps in 1968, organized by l’Orfeó Lleidatà, in a social context in which the aim was to recover customs, language and culture. Since then, these camps, which still exist, have inspired and guided a series of similar activities in Catalonia, being later extended to the rest of the state. The characteristics, scale and educational potential of music camps allowed considering them as a consolidated activity within the educational offer in the country.