Music without Frontiers
Start date: Aug 1, 2014,
End date: Jul 31, 2016
Music without Frontiers Project continues the best practices of the former, well established LLP – LdV Concert Circle Projects but is now extended with a Staff Mobility Activity. The name of the project refers not only to crossing international borders but also to experimenting and learning about different music genres, from classical music to pop-rock music and local and national specialities, even to music technology and composing.
Student Mobility Activity consists of three week study periods, that include personal tuition in one’s own major subject (musical instrument), on-the-job-learning in orchestra, ensemble or band activities and one or more public performances, either as a member of the aforementioned formations and/or as a soloist. The students also have opportunities to experiment new music genres and instruments, depending on the specialities offered in each of the different host schools. Those students who choose to visit Glasgow Kelvin College will be offered, instead of personal instrumental lessons, tuition in music technology and marketing.
Staff Mobility Activity consist of one 7-day seminar (travel days included). The principals for this activity were mutually agreed upon in a network meeting in Madrid, in October 2013. The key issues for the week’s program will include learning about curricula, teaching methodologies and evaluation criteria in the networking schools and their home countries. Learning about ECVET and how to apply it in our networking schools and mutual projects will be one of the major topics. Key note speakers will lead the participants to the different discussions. Each seminar guest will have an active role in the program, e.g. they can take turns as the key note speaker. Opportunities for job-shadowing and performing in a concert will be offered to all participants as well. The detailed program for this mobility activity will be drawn up in a network meeting to be held in Warsaw in October or November 2014. That is also the time to decide about the host institution.
As each networking school will send 1 to 2 staff members to this seminar, it is expected to have 10 – 18 participants. They can represent teaching and administration staff alike.
In Finland, MWF has a national network of three conservatories. Administered by Lahti Conservatory, the other two partners are Helsinki and Joensuu Conservatories. These three schools have in total some 190 students in vocational training and intend to send 30 students to Music without Frontiers exchange during the two year project term. We are applying to send 6 representatives to the seminar. Our partner schools locate in Spain, Scotland, Poland, Portugal, Estonia and the Czech Republic.
As the impacts of the project we wish to provide all participants personal growth in their professional skills and also as independent citizens to interact with people from other countries, whether within EU or outside its borders. For our organizations we expect to maintain our good relations and to further develop our international networking abilities. Thereto, as long term benefits, we wish to gain strong potential to further develop our teaching and evaluation methods. We sincerely hope that MWF Staff Seminar will facilitate the introduction of ECVET in all involved countries. More longterm benefits of Music without Frontiers Project will be discovered in the future when we can find an increasing number of foreign musicians playing or teaching in different institutions around Europe and welcoming visitors to their own institutions with warm hospitality.
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