I am Andre Lorenz Feria, a graduating senior student from the College of Music, University of the Philippines in Diliman. I am majoring in Music Education and is currently in the process of finishing my final undergrad requirement which, in my program, is a Special Project (think thesis). I think it’s safe to say that this project has been 3 years in the making and could as well be my most ambitious one yet.
My research/project entitled Ishin Denshin: An Intercultural Music Experience with Japanese Folk Songs is about Japanese folk songs arranged for choral works as a supplementary materials for educators, teachers, conductors in the Philippines to promote intercultural music education. I will be working with 3 different choral groups from elementary, high school, and college levels to fulfil this project.
Last March, I presented the research part of my project at the Japan Studies in the Philippines: A Research Competition sponsored by the UP Asian Center and Japan Foundation. I was the only undergraduate student selected to present along with seven other MA and PhD students. While the competition proved to be challenging, I was honoured to be awarded as the best presenter. Winning the competition gave me the opportunity to go to Japan in April and briefly discuss my research/project at the University of Tokyo.
Moving forward to the continuation of the project, one of its main outputs is to stage a lecture-concert as a culminating activity for the three choirs. Staging a full-length concert is very costly considering the numerous people involved and the amount of work that needs to be done.
Another output of the research/project is the creation and publication of the teaching module. Found in the module are my arrangements of the songs and materials that the choirs have learned and will be performing. The module will be an informative step-by-step guide for teachers, educators, and conductors alike as to how they can use the materials for educational purposes.
I am also happy to say that my research/paper has been accepted for a panel presentation at the SEASIA Biennial Conference 2019: Change and Resistance: Future Directions of Southeast Asia. The event will take place at the Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan on December 5-7.
The whole process has been overwhelming to say the least but I will be forever grateful for these experiences and opportunities. Moving forward, however, the next steps to finishing the project would require financial assistance. My budget proposal for the project to be successful is approximately Php 300,000. It’s an overwhelming amount for an undergraduate student like me but I know that my success isn’t just on me. I’ve come this far because of the support and love that I’ve gotten. So here I am knocking once more for support of my dear project.
Yours in honor and excellence,
p.s. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach me at abfe[email protected]