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Higher education student and staff mobility project
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: Sep 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

“Erasmus” represented for our Conservatory the most important challenge in the transformation into a Higher Music Education Institution. It supported our transition from a traditional structure, built on the model of the Renaissance "workshop", to a modern one, that has as reference the Bologna Process. The possibility to access the Mobility Programme was undoubtedly one of the main achievements, and represented the first tangible change toward the new system. The constant commitment of our Conservatory is to provide students a complete and effective training, and to be the powerhouse of professionals: from this prospect, participation in the Programme is a valuable source of inspiration and experience. The Erasmus project, that is realized every year, reflects our programming, with regard both to our international strategy and to the participation requests we receive from students and staff. In general, Erasmus involves continuing the normal realization of mobility for studying, training and teaching (SMS, SMP, STA, STT). Furhtermore, our 2015/16 Erasmus, has been characterized by some additional aspects: 1-Staff mobility was often linked to larger projects, also outside the strictly Erasmus scope. This demonstrated that the program can both stimulate and facilitate research and production. The following are some of the most notable examples, which represent three types of virtuous collaboration between different fields: research / teaching / production; teaching / remote collaboration / production; training / profession: -A teaching mobility in Berlin on “Music in Rome during the Counter-Reformation” was enriched by the world premiere of the music taken from manuscripts found and transcribed by the same teacher, and topic of the master class, with the participation of some of the most famous baroque music performers. The interlacement of research / teaching / production culminated in the release of a CD. -The Electronic Music Department used the in/out Erasmus lectures to implement a project which will culminate in a few months with the performance of electro-acoustic soundtracks composed by students from several countries on a silent short film, "Excursion sur Jupiter". The project also benefits from a long distance collaboration, possible thanks to GARR (research network based on very high-speed fiber optic). -Still in the Electronic Music Department is taking place the third example of large projects. This time it is related to the working world, thanks to the collaboration with an English recording studio that has long welcomed the postgraduate traineeships of our sound engineers and arrangers. This experience led to the idea of organizing a new course. 2-2015/16 saw the participation of a student with disabilities for the first time in our Conservatory: his condition visually impaired has resulted in a specific work in order to locate a suitable host institution and provide adequate financial support. 3-As part of the dissemination activities, key in our strategy, we have realized and circulated a survey on the employment outcomes of our Erasmus placements, with the involvement of both our Conservatory and the Consortium that we coordinate, “Working with Music”. In this respect, the collaboration of the European Association of Conservatories was crucial: AEC usually entrusts us the session devoted to apprenticeships within the annual Meeting of International Relations Coordinators, which takes place once a year in September. During the last meeting (Kracow, 16/18 September 2016) we have been asked to coordinate the round table on the influence of Erasmus placements on the international careers of students. We handed the English translation of the survey we had realized on the employment outcomes of the Italian graduates who had carried out a traineeship with “Working With Music”. The survey (in English) is also available at the link The same survey had been published in Italian in the Spring of 2016, and presented at the Seminar on the working conditions of Higher Music and Art Education graduates and on the role of international mobility. The Seminar, organized by the CHEER (Consolidating Higher Education Experience of Reform) group, took place in Rome at the Ministry of Education. The publication, "Living on Music, a search and 11 stories of young Italian musicians”, is also available at the link
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