Belgian Researcher Explicates Music's Social Impact at IUG

29 - Oct - 2019

IUG External Affairs hosted Dr. Locas Beron, a Belgian scholar and researcher, at IUG Tiba building to conclude the results of his research on the Social Impact of Music.

"This meeting comes under the umbrella of developing and enhancing the educational process and fixing learners' behaviors via arts, which resulted from the lack of enthusiasm toward education from children and youth", mentioned Prof. Ibrahim Astal, IUG Dean of the Faculty of Education. "Music has its effectiveness on the educational process and is of the aspects of the professional and educational preparation of teachers and students to strengthen their abilities".

Dr. Beron chose two groups from the Congo area: first group was homeless children with an abject poverty around 6 to 10 years, and the other group contained youth, who suffer the social difficulties such as severe violence, and they are around 16 to 20 years in Kinshasa, Congo.

Both groups, as he confirmed, were indulged in musical activities and their social lives had met with great respect and acceptance from their families: the children came back to their families and the second group got involved in a work called “drumbeat” Qar’ Tobbol. Dr. Locas showcased a video to one of the members of “drumbeat”, saying “we have experienced the music, and we got to a state of salvation of social problems that we used to suffer from as violence".

Dr. Lucas had arrived to a conclusion that music has literally rescued some people and got them out from their bad social states of life, presenting three results. First, music has become popular in Kinshasa where a music school was established. Second, People become more prominent on their lives and social status after they adopted music works. Third, it is not easy to master the art of music, for it needs more focus and talents and time, which is an important factor in the social work, where the person becomes more prominent in controlling his/her own life as he/she controls the tone of the music. Forth, “drumbeat” team did not stop doing what they love even in the times where they did not make money out of it. Bottom line, Dr. Lucas has arrived at a deep thinking that the music has that positive impact on both spiritual and psychological aspects for them.

Concerning the challenges Dr. Beron faced during conducting the research, he did not find a study about that topic before, which forced him to stay more than four years interviewing persons and groups around 175 recorded hours. Although he did not master the Congo language, he made a lot of strong relationships there, and he said” if you want to start the art of music in an area suffering from social problems, you don’t, then, need a music specialist, yet you have to own the skills of communications with people”.

It's worth noting that the meeting was held in cooperation between IUG External Affairs along with Faculty of Education and with Prof. Mosher, from English Department, who did a simultaneous interpretation.