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A Musical Lotus Pond – workshop at ISME 2012 World Conference

PurposeProbing the depths of Indian sounds and symbols both for their interdisciplinary potential and intrinsic value. ContentWe pool musical, visual and numerical motifs. Sounds, hand gestures and movements link two school subjects within a single session; and more subjects wherever this approach lends itself to being integrated into a curriculum. MethodThe “Musical Lotus Pond” is […]

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Integrated Music Education – Challenges of Teaching and Teacher Training

“Thinking and learning in South Indian Music” by Ludwig Pesch, chapter 4 in: Markus Cslovjecsek, Madeleine Zulauf (eds.)Integrated Music Education – Challenges of Teaching and Teacher TrainingPeter Lang Publishers, Bern, 2018. 418 pp., 29 fig. b/w, 2 tablesMOUSIKÆ PAIDEIA Music and Education/Musik und Bildung/Musique et Pédagogie. Vol. 1 pb.ISBN 978-3-0343-0388-0 This book was presented  during […]

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Rabindranath Tagore’s memorable visit to The Netherlands: Centenary celebration at “Paradiso”

The month of September offered an opportunity to celebrate the centenary of a successful lecture tour by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). It was organized by Dutch citizens with whom he shared a commitment to a cultural dialogue on eye-level. A Dutch press report highlights Tagore’s “silver voice” that conveyed his admiration for the songs of Bengal’s […]


Beyond Nationalism: “My freedom lies not in pursuing detachment” – Rabindranath Tagore

In September 2020 Amsterdam remembers the 100th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore’s visit. It did not just made a deep impression, it caused a sensation. 1 2020 also happens the year when Amsterdam celebrates the 75th anniversary of liberation from nazi-occupation 2 while confronting the legacy of collaboration among some sections of society including local authorities. […]

Ludwig Pesch

Ludwig Pesch is best known as musicologist and educator. Trained as flautist in the “Carnatic” music tradition of South India, he loves playing in personalized settings, in a manner critically acclaimed as “an eloquent demonstration of the universal fact that music transcends cultural and linguistic barriers” (Indian Express); “captivating and chaste rendition …  a golden link with […]

South Indian music

Carnatic music South India is famous for melodious music and captivating rhythms. Both the theory and practice of art music of this region are traceable to ancient times. Musical instruments have always been a favorite subject for painters and sculptors just as the authors of classical Tamil and Sanskrit texts. Vocal and instrumental genres have […]

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Exploring a wealth of rhythmic and melodic motifs: Interactive music session for and with Montessori teachers – Zurich

At the invitation of Christine Urand (Director, Rietberg Montessori School) Ludwig Pesch took the full assembly of teachers on a musical journey across South India: exploring a wealth of rhythmic and melodic motifs suitable for young learners while enabling parents, teachers and care-givers to enjoy music making themselves (even as “lay people”, musically speaking). This […]

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Ludwig Pesch – Nederlands

Ludwig Pesch specialiseerde zich op de Zuid-Indiase bamboe dwarsfluit, toen hij studeerde bij Ramachandra Shastry aan de Kalakshetra kunstacademie in Chennai. Samen met zijn leraar gaf hij concerten bij talrijke gelegenheden. In samenwerking met twee universiteiten ontwikkelde hij E-learning cursussen ( Hij schreef het handboek The Oxford Illustrated Companion to South Indian Classical Music. Voor pedagogisch gebruik in […]

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Zur zeitgemäßen Vermittlung einer zeitlosen Musik

Ludwig Pesch ist ein bekannter Experte in südindischer karnatischer Musik. Sein Spezialinstrument ist die Bambusquerflöte. Nach seinem Musikstudium an der Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik und Universität Freiburg im Breisgau hat er am Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts in Indien sein Postdiplom für karnatische Musik gemacht. Er wurde als Flötist von dem bekannten südindischen Musiker Ramachandra […]


We advocate “Music for All” and work in consultation with employers, educators, festival organisers and exhibition curators in many countries. What do we all have in common? A belief that musical self-expression matters to individuals and communities alike. For this we have contributed to several of ISME’s music education conferences in Kuala Lumpur, Bologna, Thessaloniki, and Glasgow. In […]