• Magda Bałajewicz Akademia Ignatianum in Cracow



lifelong learning, informal and non-formal music education, music and spirituality, shamanism, the figure of shaman, jazz music and education, pop-culture, jazz, sociomusicology


Shaman is an individual, gifted with plenty of unusual skills - the medium between two worlds, human and the external one. Being a leader and healer, shaman is master for the younger entrants, leading them through the difficult initiation process and preparing them to independent work on their potential in the future. With time shamanism became a sort of the cultural model associated with pop-culture: a path of the artistic and spiritual transformation, a form of opposition for excluded communities, a type of common experience of art and a prototype of the figure of leader. The consciousness of the existence of this kind of artistic and psychological model and the possibility of its use in art could be the key element in young artist's music educational process, based on the intimate relation between the student and the master, especially in jazz music genre. In this context extremely important is informal and non-formal education - lasting for the whole life, it allows the artist to develop their individual personality and sensitivity on every level of existence. In this perspective the figure of shaman - first entrant, later leader - could be a valuable and useful educational model.

Author Biography

  • Magda Bałajewicz, Akademia Ignatianum in Cracow
    Magda Bałajewicz (born: 28.12.1991) is a first year doctoral student of The Faculty of Education at Akademia Ignatianum in Cracow (supervisor: prof. UMK dr hab. Maria Marta Urlińska). She graduated from the Jagiellonian University (theatre studies) and Academy of Music in Katowice (Jazz Department). She was a one-year student at Prince Claus Conservatorium in Groningen. Bałajewicz, being interested in area of art, music and musical education, is the author of many publications f. e. Jazz and The Category of Zero: Shamanic Techniques of Ecstasy and Their Influence on American Jazz Music in the 1960s and 1970s. Furthermore, she is a professional vocalist and performer (musical album entitled Mag Balay - No borders).


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