LMS is a non-profit organization established in 1992 and funded by the Danish Arts Council. Its aim is to offer high quality live music to schools all over Denmark. This is done through school concerts, classroom visits by musicians and composers as well as other activities which provide pupils with a deeper understanding of the professional music scene.
LMS is the Danish development agency and creative lab in the field of professional music for children and music with children. It is a leading force in implementing what Unesco names as Arts Education: letting the world of art meet the world of education in a way that allows the pupils to experience, enjoy, reflect, express and learn, the goal being that children as well as art and school benefit from the encounter.
Furthermore, LMS functions as an information pool for general and specific information on school concerts and related topics, and as such we are often consulted by schools, musicians, cultural workers, municipalities etc. In addition to this, LMS arranges an annual festival for school concerts (see more below) along with a range of ad hoc seminars, conferences etc.
Nationally as well as internationally, LMS has established a solid network of contacts to sister organizations, to the music world, to the education system and to other cultural partners, and LMS is involved in a substantial amount of collaboration on projects, capacity building and exchange.
School Concerts, Musik i Tide
In Denmark LMS arranges more than 2000 concerts a year with professional live music in schools.
The concerts provide a great cultural and musical experience combined with an approach to concrete learning. All kinds of music are presented, and for each concert, LMS prepares study material as well as audio examples for use in the class room before or after the concert.
In the end of each year, an LMS-committee selects new music groups, and makes up a versatile season programme for the coming school year. The committee consists of six persons, all deeply rooted in their respective areas of music, each member participates for a two-year period, and each year two new members replace leaving members.
LMS is the national agency assuring constant development in the field. To ensure that the concerts reach the target group, a producer is attached to each project. This person collaborates closely with the musicians on the preparation and transmission of the concerts as well as on the composition of the study material. It is essential that each concert accentuates the strengths of the respective musician/band in order to assure the authenticity of the music the pupils meet.
LMS school concerts are organized as a subscription model in which municipalities pay a price-per-pupil and henceforth they are ensured concerts and study materials for all their school children. The model is called “Musik I Tide” (Music in time) and is structured with contact persons in every school and in every municipality. At present more than 50 of the 98 existing municipalities in Denmark are subscribing to the model. Aside from securing smooth planning and running of the many concerts, the constituted networks often have the positive side effect of establishing contacts between teachers of different schools and the cultural and educational department in the minicipal administration.
LMS is a partner in Kulturpakker (“Culture packages”), which is a unique cooperation with theater and dance for children organized in a structure resembling the “Musik I Tide” arrangement described above. The aim is shared: to bring art to the pupils, and to encourage teachers to benefit didactically from the artistic input. So far Kulturpakker is a reality in four Danish municipalities: Haderslev, Kalundborg, Skanderborg and Morsø.
Read more at kulturpakker.dk
Every year in the end of September/beginning of October, LMS arranges a festival, Musik I Tide Festival, presenting a variety of the current concert productions. The festival is arranged in cooperation with a different city every year, and it attracts professional producers and concert organisers from all over Denmark as well as from other countries. Simultaneously, local pupils get wonderful concert experiences during the two festival days. Added to this, the festival offers workshops, conferences etc. – and unmistakably a great deal of networking.
Learn more at musikitide.dk
Take your parents by the hand and enjoy a concert experience together! This is the main idea behind the Chameleon Concerts, which have been well under way since 1995. Throughout the years, Chameleon Concerts have presented many different bands in many different genres. The common feature of all artists and bands is high quality music, but artists and bands capable of reaching children at their level. All Chameleon Concerts are arranged at family-friendly times on Saturday or Sunday afternoons at venues in which the music is on familiar ground with professional light and sound. The tradition of children and parents attending concerts together is not yet as established in Denmark, but LMS hopes and believes that in the future, it will be as common as taking the family to the cinema.
Creative Musical Processes
Through the years LMS has initiated a number of projects, in which professional musicians and/or composers work with groups of pupils allowing them to create music themselves. Children are full of ideas, and with the assistance of the professionals, the ideas are developed and get structure, and in the end, the music is performed by children and musicians together. The daily name for this activity is the Danish abbreviation KMP