Annual PMB and QAG meeting 2020
07 December 2020 - Meetings
Annual Project Management Board will be held 10-11 December 2020, with the annual Quality Assurance Group meeting held previously on 8 December 2020. Due to COVID-19 epidemic crisis in Serbia and EU, along with travel restrictions and limit on gatherings, the meetings will be held in an online format instead at the University of Kragujevac (P3), as planned initially.
Master academic studies at P2 and P3 updated
17 November 2020 - News
The Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad (P2) and the Faculty of Philology and Arts, University of Kragujevac (P3) had updated master academic studies with new elective courses introducing digital and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge, developed and adopted within the framework of DEMUSIS project. Therefore, the master academic study program in Music Performance at the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac now includes a new elective Psychology of Communication, while master study programs Music and Media, Music Pedagogy, Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad has been upgraded with elective course Methods of music education in digital environment – MEDIG.
WP3.1 Teacher training Call for Applications open at national academic partner institutions
12 November 2020 - Events
The Call for Applications for national HMEIs teaching staff training by Lithuanian Academy for Music and Theatre (P6) is currently open at P1-P3. The teacher training by EU academic partner institutions P5-P6, for curricular changes and LLL courses (WP3.1) in the fields relevant to the project’s aims and objectives (music in digital environment, music entrepreneurship and marketing, distance learning, music production and music direction), will be organized in an online form by the end of 2020, due to Covid-19 induced mobility restrictions.
New Master Study Program Applied Research in Music launched at P1
04 November 2020 - News
The new master study program Applied Research in Music starts at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade (P1) in the fall semester 2020/21.
It is the second new master academic study program developed at this Serbian HMEI within DEMUSIS project in 2019/20 and accredited by the National Entity for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education in 2020. The academic EU partner institutions – The Royal Conservatoire the Hague (P4), The New Bulgarian University (P5) and Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (P6) – were strongly involved in development of the study program, with non-academic partners P7-P9 actively participating in defining student competencies and learning outcomes from stakeholder’s perspective.
The call for student applications was open on 26-27 October, entrance exam scheduled for 30 October 2020, with the studies starting in November 2020 after student enrollment.
The main objective of Applied Research in Music study program is to educate students of an innovative profile, in accordance with dynamic changes in 21st century in the field of music. The study program is conceived in a way to ensure acquirement of knowledge, competencies and skills essential for students’ inclusion in contemporary creative industries, working in both public or private, commercial or non-profit sector. Graduated students will therefore build an awareness of the importance of balance between academic research and business and commercial sector’s needs.
LLL Courses accreditation postponed to October 2021
30 Оctober 2020 - Meetings
The Call for accreditation of Programs for professional enhancement of teachers, youth counsellors and experts, issued by National Institute for the Promotion of Education, is postponed to October 2021. The accreditation of LLL (life-long learning) courses in the areas of music entrepreneurship, music in digital environment and social engagement of musicians by National Institute for the Promotion of Education, is one of WP5 (LLL courses) milestones.
Open online student consultations regarding the entrance exam for Applied Research in Music
19 Оctober 2020 - Meetings
Open online student consultations via Zoom regarding the entrance exam for Music Direction master study program developed within Demusis project, will be held on Wednesday, October 21 2020, at 12 pm.
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Extraordinary Project Management Board meeting held online on 17 September 2020
9 Оctober 2020 - Meetings
On September 17th 2020, an extraordinary Project Management Board meeting was held online to discuss the follow-up actions to Technical Implementation Report, overview of current activities and plans, and make arrangements of further actions, particularly realization of teaching and training mobilities in Autumn 2020. The online meeting was attended by PMB members and members of administrative staff.
Online courses realized in Spring 2020
23 September 2020 - News
The pandemic and measures it imposed on teaching and learning meant also the sudden and unavoidable transfer to online teaching and learning, pushing in that way some project activities forward time-wise, in comparison to the initial timeline (courses were to be implemented in third project year, September-December 2021). In consequence, preparation of online courses, teacher training for use of distance learning platforms, and implementation of first online courses were done simultaneously in Spring 2020 at the national music academic institutions P1-P3, and to the great effect. Overall, three new and five modernized courses were implemented at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade (P1), the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad (P2) and the Faculty of Philology and Arts, University of Kragujevac (P3), with 70 students and 26 teachers involved.
The courses were realized during the lockdown of universities from March to June 2020, using Moodle-based distance learning platforms developed at these national academic institutions, along with other communication applications and tools, such as Zoom platform, YouTube channels, Trello boards, Google Classroom, Google Meet, etc.
Distance learning platforms developed and in use at national HMEIs
21 September 2020 - News
National academic partners – University of Arts in Belgrade (P1), University of Novi Sad (P2) and University of Kragujevac (P3), have developed or modified, and put to use distance learning platforms based on Moodle, open-source online learning platform. The Faculty of Philology and Arts of the University in Kragujevac installed and implemented eUčenje [eLearning] distance learning platform in April 2019, the University of Novi Sad introduced a new distance learning platform eLab which was modified and put to use at the Academy of Arts in Spring 2020, whereas University of Belgrade offered the University of Arts in Belgrade in Spring 2020 to use eLearning portal, adequate for answering the needs of music teaching and learning.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, online courses were prepared and implemented at the three academic partner institutions almost simultaneously with the adoption of distance learning platforms.
Digital and media laboratories at P2 and P3 upgraded
16 September 2020 - News
Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad (P2) and the Faculty of Philology and Arts, University of Kragujevac (P3) upgraded their digital and media laboratories with equipment purchased through Public procurement and tendering procedure in July 2019 and Repeated Public procurement and tendering procedure for remaining lots in November 2019. The new equipment was set-up and used for realization of new and modernized courses in academic year 2019/20. The upgrade of digital and media laboratories was accompanied by upgrade of infrastructure, such as the new network and electricity installation at P3.
Technical Implementation Report submitted
14 September 2020 - News
DEMUSIS project Technical Implementation Report, marking the first reporting period was submitted on 31/07/20. The Technical Implementation Report consisted of completed Technical Report e-form, with accompanying annexes and attachments filled in and dully signed: Budget table, Declaration of honour, Table of achieved/planned results, Dissemination and Exploitation Plan, Quality Assurance Plan with External evaluator’s interim report, and signed Request for 2nd Prefinancing.
Open online student consultations via Zoom regarding the entrance exam for Music Direction
4 September 2020 - News
Open online student consultations via Zoom regarding the entrance exam for Music Direction master study program developed within Demusis project, will be held on Tuesday, September 8 2020, at 7 pm. Zoom meeting details:
Topic: Muzička režija (Music Direction)
Time: Sep 8, 2020 07:00 PM Belgrade, Bratislava, Ljubljana
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New master study program Music Direction at P1 to start in October 2020
25 August 2020 - News
The new master study program Music Direction at the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade (P1) acquired accreditation of the National Entity for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education on July 6th, 2020. The call for student applications will be open in September, with the studies starting in October 2020.
Music Direction master program, one of the two to be introduced through DEMUSIS project, aims at shaping music professionals skilled in diverse creative processes and various aspects of production of music. Aims of this study program are coordinated with the requirements of modern creative industries in the domestic and international context, as well as with the strategy of development of the use of digital technologies. The study program Music Direction is correlated with worldwide contemporary art and pedagogical trends and is comparable to similar programs at foreign higher education institutions. The study program and curriculum was developed in 2019/20 at P1, with an active participation of EU partner institutions – the New Bulgarian University (P5) and Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (P6).
Mad Head Games joins project consortium
29 July 2020 - News
Gaming company Mad Head Games, new stakeholder partner in the field of IT industry, joins project consortium at the position P8, following EIPIX Entertainment withdrawal from the partnership due to change in ownership and staff reduction.
Mad Head Games’ main role in the project will be to offer practical placements for students of national higher music education institutions, presenting them with the possibility to apply and test their theoretical knowledge in the production and implementation of sound and music in video games. The added value of new partner’s participation in DEMUSIS project will therefore be in giving the opportunity to future music professionals to work in creative gaming development environment, which particularly aligns with Mad Head Games continual investment in supporting local development community.
New courses aiming at enhancement of music students’ digital competencies launched in Spring 2020
21 July 2020 - News
National academic partner institutions – Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade, Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad, and Faculty of Philology and Arts, University of Kragujevac, launched in February 2020 5 new courses focused at enhancing digital skills and knowledge of music students at bachelor and master academic study level. New courses – Introduction to digital notation, Contemporary notation and advanced digital notography, Basics of digital literacy for musicians and Basics of working with Digital Audio Workstation – DAW (P1), Methods in Music Education in Digital Environment – MEDIG (P2) and Music in digital environment (P3), were realized both using new equipment obtained by two Public Procurement Procedures in 2019, and online, using developed university distance learning platforms and the variety of online applications and tools.
Project Management Board meeting held online on 10 July 2020
15 July 2020 - News
On 10th of July 2020, Project Management Board meeting was held online to give overview of project activities since the last meeting in December 2019, with an emphasis on COVID19 health crisis impact on project implementation so far, and to plan preparation and submission of the Technical Implementation Report. The Zoom meeting was attended by PMB members, partner contact persons, and members of administrative staff.
The Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, the only higher education institution in Serbia and the region reviewed positively by MusiQuE
13 July 2020 - News
The Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade underwent an institutional quality enhancement review MusiQuE – Music Quality Enhancement, European independent accreditation and external evaluation body for music, affiliate of European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education – ENQA and registered on the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR), dedicated to the continuous improvement of the quality of higher music education across Europe and beyond. As a result, the Faculty of Music in Belgrade has become the only higher education institution in country and region reviewed positively by MusiQuE, confirming in such a way high level of alignment with European standards of higher music education.
The Institutional review of the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade, concludes an important part of activities in project work package 1 – Preparation and Analysis (WP 1.1) which sets the foundation for further project activities by conducting both internal and external assessment of the existing programmes at national HMEIs and to develop new modernised curricula by putting the greater focus on digital media and entrepreneurship.
Results of DEMUSIS based research presented at LATIMPE digital platform
10 June 2020 - News
Research paper entitled Distance Learning in Higher Music Education: Case Study of Academy of Arts, Novi Sad, based on the results of the research conducted in the scope of DEMUSIS project, was presented on 13-14 May 2020 at LATIMPE (Learning and Teaching in Music Performance Education) conference Students as researching artists - music, technology and musicianship by Ira Prodanov Krajišnik. The aim of the paper was to share results of research on the students’ and teachers’ attitude toward distance learning, and to present the first phase of distance learning offered at the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad (P2).
DEMUSIS project presented at online conference Teaching Music Online in Higher Education
21 May 2020 - News
DEMUSIS project was presented at the virtual conference Teaching Music Online in Higher Education as part of the address „The European Association of Conservatoires (AEC) and its actions regarding the digitization of the higher music education sector in Europe” by Sara Primiterra from the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC). She talked about the actions AEC is taking in the field of digitization through the leadership and participation in projects involving the use of digital technologies in higher music education, such as DEMUSIS. Her address was followed by live Q&A session, available as part of Forum 2 on Friday May 15th at 7am at conference website: http://www.teachingmusiconlineinhighered.com/
DEMUSIS project to be presented at virtual conference
7 May 2020 - News
DEMUSIS project will be presented at the virtual conference Teaching Music Online in Higher Education as part of the address „The European Association of Conservatoires (AEC) and its actions regarding the digitization of the higher music education sector in Europe” by Sara Primiterra from the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC). She will talk about the actions AEC is taking in the field of digitization through the leadership and participation in projects involving the use of digital technologies in higher music education, such as DEMUSIS. Her address will be followed by live Q&A session, available as part of Forum 2 on Friday May 15th at 7am at conference website: http://www.teachingmusiconlineinhighered.com/
New master study program Applied Research in Music ready for national accreditation
24 April 2020 - News
Applied Research in Music, one of the two new master study programs developed at the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade (P1) in the scope of the DEMUSIS project, was adopted by relevant institutional bodies and the University of Arts Senate and is ready for submission to the National Entity for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education.
16 April 2020 - News
Application for accreditation of new master study program Music Direction at the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade (P1) is submitted to the National Entity for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education, following adoption by relevant institutional bodies and University of Arts in Belgrade Senate on January 30th 2020.
Project Quality Assurance Plan updated and Quality Monitoring Reports submitted
14 March 2020 - News
Quality Assurance Group has updated the Project Quality Assurance Plan, adopted it and made public at in March 2020. The Plan was updated to include details on internal evaluation responsibilities and internal quality procedure documents.
In addition, Quality Monitoring Reports for activities and deliverables in work packages 1 (Preparation and Analysis), 2 (Upgrading of Methodology), 6 (Quality Assurance), 7 (Dissemination and Exploitation) and 8 (Project Management) were submitted, adopted and made public.
Teacher training cancelled
13 March 2020 - News
Teacher training study visit to Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA) in Vilnius planned for 15-21 March 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak right before the cancellation of the process of studies at LMTA effective from March 12, and the declaration of the State of Emergency in Serbia of March 15.
New digital laboratory installed at P1
10 March 2020 - News
The new digital laboratory is successfully installed and adequate digital infrastructure developed at P1’s Faculty of Music in Belgrade. The laboratory is equipped with new computers with hardware, MIDI
keyboards and music software estimated as essential for introducing new digital and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to study programs based on conclusions of realized study visits to EU partners, study of needs of national HEIs and dialogue with stakeholders.
The new grand piano purchased through public procurement procedure in July arrived at P1
23 December 2019 - Meetings
Grand piano type Yamaha C7 arrived at the Faculty of Music University of Arts in Belgrade as the first ever new grand piano in 82 years long history of the oldest music HEI in Serbia.
Project Management Board held at the University in Novi Sad, 2-3 December 2019
19 December 2019 - Meetings
On 2-3 December 2019, the first annual DEMUSIS Project Management Board was held at the University Of Novi Sad, Serbia, with all Board members, partner contact persons, legal representatives and members of administrative staff attending. The PMB meeting was preceded by the Quality Assurance Group and Project external evaluator meeting.
Repeated Public Procurement and Tendering Procedure completed
28 November 2019 - Meetings
Following the tendering procedure for the public procurement of
equipment in July, the repeated tendering procedure for the remaining
lots is completed, with awards allocated on November 25, 2019.
Agreements with tenderers have been signed and installment of complete
equipment is planned by the end of February 2020.
Upcoming event: PMB meeting in Novi Sad
27 November 2019 - Meetings
PMB meeting in Novi Sad, 2-3 December 2019
DEMUSIS Project Management Board Meeting will be held in Novi Sad, 2-3
MusiQuE Institutional review site-visit realized at the Faculty of Music – University of Arts in Belgrade
14 November 2019 - News
In the scope of WP1 – Preparation and Analysis, MusiQuE review team, composed of distinguished international specialists particularly for the purpose of P1 external quality enhancement review, visited the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade (P1), from 27th to 30th October 2019. The 2.5 days site-visit was conducted as a part of the MusiQuE quality enhancement institutional review during which the 5 members review team met members of the Faculty of Music deanery and management team, representatives of academic and institutional bodies, teachers and administrative staff, as well as students, alumni, stakeholders and representatives of the profession.
Integrated Comparative Report completed
14 November 2019 - News
INTEGRATED COMPARATIVE REPORT: An analysis of current national study
programmes and comparisons with similar EU programmes & Defining
learning outcomes and competences with regards to stakeholders’ needs is
completed and made public on November 14, 2019.
DEMUSIS at 46th AEC Annual Congress and General Assembly
14 November 2019 - News
DEMUSIS project was presented by project contact person Ivana Perković at the 46th AEC Annual Congress and General Assembly 8th November 2019 at Conservatorio di Musica "G. Verdi" in Turin (Italy).
Regional Cluster Meeting CBHE projects impact in the Western Balkans, 22-23 October 2019
24 October 2019 - News
DEMUSIS project contact person, Prof. Dr. Ivana Perković from the Faculty of Music – University of Arts in Belgrade (P1) and the representative from the Faculty of Philology and Arts, University of Kragujevac (P3), Assoc. Prof. Dr Biljana Mandić, participated in the Regional Cluster Meeting CBHE projects’ impact in the Western Balkans from 22 to 23 October 2019 in Durres (Albania).
Students enrolled to modernized study programs
24 October 2019 - News
In October, students have been enrolled to modernized study programs at national HMEIs, thus completing the first activity in WP 4 – Implementation of reformed and new study programs. Current study programs are reformed by embedding the digital competences and entrepreneurial skills into the competence sets of music graduates at various levels. Furthermore, new compulsory and elective courses were introduced to study programs at P1-P3. Previously, all curricular changes were adopted by relevant institutional bodies. They also aim to cause the mindset change enabling students to adopt entrepreneurial approach and learn not only how to use current digital technologies in their main field, but also how to be a life-long learners in contemporary environment.
DEMUSIS on Annual Meeting for International Relations Coordinators in Prague, 19-22 September 2019
02 October 2019 - Meetings
DEMUSIS project was presented on the 2019 Annual Meeting for International Relations Coordinators (IRCs) which took place at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Czech Republic) from 19 to 22 September under the title "The Pink Elephant: Reflections on the Future to Transform the Present", in the framework of the AEC-Strengthening Music in Society (SMS) Project supported by the Creative Europe Programme. The project presentation by Dušanka Jelenković Vidović, project administrator and international relations coordinator at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, on Sunday September 22nd was followed by a fruitful discussion moderated by Payam Gul Susanni, SMS WG3 on Entrepreneurship at AEC.
Study visit to the entrepreneurial boot camp for music students of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague
02 October 2019 News
Members of the DEMUSIS team – Dušanka Jelenković Vidović, project administrator and international relations coordinator at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade (P1) and Ira Prodanov Krajišnik, professor at the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad (P2) were guests of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (P4) from 2nd to 6th of September 2019. The study visit was focused on the realization of the entrepreneurial boot camp entitled A Musicians Footprint for the 3rd year Bachelor Students from the Classical Music and Vocal Studies departments of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.
DEMUSIS project presented at Digital Humanities Oxford Summer School
29 August 2019 News
DEMUSIS project was represented at annual Digital Humanities program at Oxford Summer School which took place from 22–26 July 2019 with the poster prepared by Ivana Perkovic and presented at session in Natural History Museum Oxford on July 22.
Tendering procedure completed
28 August 2019 News
The tenderng procedure for the procurement of equipment was completed in July 2019. Out of 19 lots (parties) 14 have passed the tender. Currently there are ongoing preparations to repeat the tendering procedure for the remaining 5 lots (parties).
Equipment purchase P1-P3, tendering procedure launched, date: 28/06/2019
28 June 2019 News
Tendering procedure for the public procurement of the equipment for P1-P3 was lounched on 28/06/2019 and will be conducted by P1 for all three partner insitutions.
Tendering documentation available at: http://www.arts.bg.ac.rs/javna-nabavka-opreme-za-potrebe-projekta-erazmus-demusis-broj-598825-epp-1-2018-1-rs-eppka2-cbhe-jp-br-2-2019/
Work Meeting on defining outcomes and competencies of music students in Serbia 26/06/2019
26 June 2019 News
On June 26th 2019, a work meeting entitled Dialogue with stakeholders: What outcomes do we need to achieve for our students? What competencies do we need to develop? was held at the Svilara Cultural Station in Novi Sad. The meeting, in which all national partners along with other interested stakeholders took part, was organized by the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad as part of the WP1 – Preparation and Analysis (activity 1.3).
Meeting of Serbian HE partners on realized study visits 14/05/2019
13 June 2019 News
On Tuesday, May 14th 2019, at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade a meeting was held in order to summarize the experiences and impressions gained from the realized study visits to EU academic partner institutions within the WP 1.2.
Study visit to the Royal Conservatoire the Hague
26 April 2019 News
The last planned study visit within the WP1.2. – Preparation and Analysis: Study visits to EU HEIs, focused on reviewing EU partners’ study programmes dealing with music in digital environments and entrepreneurship, took place in The Hague, Netherlands at the Royal Conservatoire (RC).
Study visit to the Lithuanian Academy for Music and Theatre, Vilnius, Lithania
24 April 2019 News
Representatives from the Serbian academic partner institutions (University of Arts in Belgrade, University of Novi Sad and University of Kragujevac) visited partners in the Lithuanian Academy of Music and theatre in Vilnius, Lithania.
Internal presentations of the DEMUSIS project
22 April 2019 News
Internal presentation of the DEMUSIS project held at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade and DEMUSIS Info Day held at the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad.
Study visit to the New Bulgarian University
09 April 2019 News
On March 20th to 23rd 2019 eight representatives of Serbian academic project partners (University of Arts in Belgrade, University of Novi Sad and University of Kragujevac) were guests of the New Bulgarian University (NBU) from Sofia, Bulgaria.
Kickoff meeting held on at the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia.
19 March 2019 News
On February 21 – 22 2019, the Kick off Meeting of the DEMUSIS project was held at the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. The meeting was officially opened by the Rector of the University of Arts, Prof. Mileta Prodanović, DA, Dr. Gabrijela Grujić, Assistant Minister for Dual and Entrepreneurial Education, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and Ms. Dragana Mitrović, Advisor to the Minister of Culture and Information, Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.
E+ CBHE Projects Conference in Brussels (Belgium)
15 February 2019 News
On January 28 – 28 2019, DEMUSIS project coordinator, Prof. Dr. Ivana Perković, and the representative from the Faculty of Filology and Arts, University of Kragujevac, Assoc. Prof. Ljuba Brkić, DMA, participated in the 2019 Grant Holders Meeting CBHE projects in Brussels (Belgium).