Teaching materials for new and modernized study programs published and available

Thirteen new teaching materials for music students of new master and modernized bachelor and master study programs at national HMEIs have been developed by P1-P3 teachers with active steering by their colleagues from EU partners, and made available. These include contributions to the new electives in the reformed study programs, such as Basics of the project planning and music entrepreneurship and Basics of digital literacy for musicians, developed and introduced at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (P1) at BA level of studies, as well as Music education in digital environment and Digital notography, developed and introduced by the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (P2) and the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac (P3) respectively, both for modernized MA study programs. Additionally, teaching materials were developed for modernized courses, such as Music recording technology (online course) at P1, and Music entrepreneurship at P3, updated by introduction of project related subjects, perspectives, knowledge and skills.

Following development, accreditation and implementation of the two new master programs at P1 - Music Direction and PRIMA (Applied music research), owing to their innovative and topical curricula, there was even greater need for the development of complementary teaching materials for these study programs. For that reason, seven handbooks, manuals, tutorials and other teaching materials were designed and offered for courses such as Digital methods in music research and music databases, Mastering and final formats, Audio editing and restoration of recordings, Music production software and Music direction 1&2.

The format of these teaching and learning materials is diverse, ranging from student workbooks, manuals for learning and exam preparation, video tutorials, to e- and printed textbooks. All items, developed in the frame of the WP 3.3, are fully available to students of the chosen courses/study programs. The list is available below, with links to complete work or excerpts.

Application Virtual exhibition The Music/ian is Present available

Public presentations of student socially engaged projects, realized in September 2022 in Novi Sad in the frame of The Music/ian is Present event, are getting a whole new dimension in the application developed by Dimitrije Cvetković from Mad Head Games (P10). The application is conceived as a virtual tour through a 3D space resembling an art gallery, which hosts images and recordings of the four group student projects focused on for specifically targeted audiences (vulnerable and marginalized groups: children, elderly, socially deprived youth), drawing attention to particular issues of current society in Serbia as seen by music students.

The primary intent of creating this 'virtual exhibition' was to give student projects a unified place where their results could be preserved in a digital form, accessible to a wider audience and available after their end. The result resembles a video game, elevating the viewer’s experience from just watching the videos of student projects (on the YouTube channel, for example) to a whole new level. Furthermore, creator’s wish was to demonstrate a way in which new technologies can be used for showcasing the results of any art project, hopefully inspiring students to try doing something similar with their future work.

For starting the application, it is necessary to download the archive and start the file DEMUSIS_VirtualExhibition.exe from the .zip folder.

This virtual exhibition is experienced by moving the camera through a 3D space. The camera is controlled with a combination of keyboard and mouse controls. The virtual “attendees” of the exhibition, can move their mouse to look around and choose the direction in which they want to walk. On the keyboard, use the keys W and S to move forward and backward, respectively; and keys A and D to move sideways - to the left and right, respectively. Throughout the exhibition, there are blank canvases which will start playing videos once stepped in front of them (the exact position where one should stand is indicated on the floor).

Take the Video tour.

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Learning materials for LLL courses prepared

For thirteen LLL courses developed by the national academic partners – Faculty of Music in Belgrade (P1), Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (P2) and Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac (P3), and accredited by the National Institute for Improvement of Education in June 2022, corresponding learning materials have been produced. Following the diversity of topics and approaches offered through LLL courses, learning materials reflect that variety in content and formats, ranging from e-handbooks and manuals, video tutorials, PowerPoint presentations, to online platforms, both with open access and those available only for course attendees, particularly created for these courses.

To that extent, the following learning materials have been prepared and shared with open access:

Each of 13 seminars includes a prepared presentation with appropriate examples, (to be) shared during courses’ implementation. Additionally, Trello boards and similar have been used in LLL courses developed and implemented by P2 as specific (closed) communication and learning platforms, ensuring in that manner safe environment for exchange of ideas and practice. Nevertheless, complete learning materials and videos are made available for participants in them, even after the end of the course, as well as forum for participants for sharing practice, challenges and solutions with peers. Similarly, closed platform Bandlab was used in the course Creating digital matrix for children music performance for group work and creation of small joint projects.

Online LLL courses on development of digital skills held in December

Five LLL courses focused on enhancement of digital skills and knowledge in music teachers and music professionals working in the pre-college level music and general education schools, developed by teachers of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (Partner 1), Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (Partner 2) and the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac (Partner 3) in the frame of the project DEMUSIS, were held online in December 2022.

Despite shared thematic field, each of the courses had a unique focus, relying on the specific expertise of the trainers and answering particular needs of attendees.

The first of them implemented was Music education in digital environment, held from 26 November to 3 December to 41 attendees who rated it with a high 3.97 score (on the scale 0 to 4) in their QA questionnaires. The course was focused on use of digital tools (such as open source Kahoot, Wordwall, Audacity and other) and their implementation in teaching music theory, harmony, solfeggio and ear training and other music subjects, in completing learning outcomes in distance learning context. Additionally, it introduced principles of edutainment in teaching, both in distance and in classroom. To ensure safe environment for exchange of ideas and practice, closed Trello boards were created, with all teaching materials and complete videos available for participants even after the end of the course, accompanied by a specific forum for participants for sharing practice, challenges and solutions with peers.

The course Digital classical music resources as contribution to the enhancement of music teaching, realized on 21-26 December 2022, aimed at strengthening digital competencies of music teachers in music and general education schools of primary and secondary level for using digital open source resources on classical music (digital collections, databases, archives, catalogues) available on internet, as specific teaching tools for achieving learning outcomes and making music classes more appealing to the young audience. To that extent, a handbook was created and shared with course participants, also available here.

Faculty of Philology and Arts, University of Kragujevac, offered and implemented from 14 November to 17 December three online courses on using specific digital tools and software for music classes with children in general and music schools. Therefore, objectives of the course Digital arranging and production of audio and video materials for online music teaching and entertainment-educational platforms, attended by 53 participants, focused on skills and knowledge necessary for creating sound and music arrangements in digital format. These included audio, video and midi editing, work with music notography software, using basic arranging techniques, enabling attendees, by the end of the course, to create music material on their own for online teaching, edit music for radio and TV shows and make video clips. Some of the examples of course takers’ short audio and video clips created to promote their work, can be found here and here. Complete teaching materials, including a short handbook on digital arranging, information on audio and video software as well as complete video recordings of course sessions, are available online, on a website specifically created for this purpose. The video playlist from the course is also available here.

Similarly, Creating digital matrix for children music performance was created and offered to answer specific need of music teachers to gain skills and knowledge for creating sound and music arrangements in digital format for accompaniment to children choirs or soloists. The course included acquiring skills and knowledge in basic arranging techniques, use of specific music software for digital notography, midi editing and audio production, so that by the end of the course attendees were able to produce on their own music arrangements of children songs to be used in their everyday work. To that extent, the trainees did a number of projects with trainers on the closed platform Bandlab, which could be accessed only by the course attendees. However, complete course materials and video recordings of the sessions are made available here and here. Additionally, one of the successful examples of individual work of the course participant was made publicly available (with kind permission of the author Natalija Macura).

The highest ranked online (and overall) LLL course developed and implemented in the DEMUSIS project is Digital tools in music education, scoring 4.00. The course aimed at heightening the level of digital literacy of music teachers and professionals in all levels of educational system. During the course, participants learned to use and create different types of digital learning material.

In addition to the online courses, another one dedicated to the enhancement of digital literacy of music professionals was held in presence. The LLL course Digital music literacy, developed and implemented by the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (P2), was held on 10 December in Music School “Isidor Bajić“. Its objectives lie in the field of mastering digital notation software for the use in classroom and distance teaching. Additionally, the participants learned how to edit and prepare for printing the digital scores they previously made, or how to transfer it to audio file.

The last LLL course developed by P3 – Application of digital technologies on teaching alterations and modulations in solfeggio will kick off in 2023. After it, the course takers will be able to enrich their solfeggio classes and make them more attractive to children, while enhancing children’s ear training and helping them develop their music skills further in a more inventive and interesting way.

All LLL courses developed in the framework of the DEMUSIS project are accredited for the three-year period, until 2025. Based on the high interest in all courses not only in Serbia, but in the region as well, plans have been made to make them available in some of the ex-Yugoslavia countries in near future.

Implementation of LLL courses, offered by academic teaching staff to the teachers in primary and secondary music schools in order to develop their entrepreneurial knowledge, attitudes and skills, is one the key project milestones, pertaining to the project objective B. In addition to reaching this goal, networking with primary and secondary schools remains one of the main impacts of the work package 5 and the project on the whole.

Creating digital matrix for children music performance

 

Digital arranging and production of audio and video materials for online music teaching and entertainment-educational platforms

 

Digital classical music resources as contribution to the enhancement of music teaching

 

Digital tools in music education

 

New master study program developed at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and submitted for accreditation

As the results of intense exchange of knowledge and practice between the national academic partner institutions and EU partners in the frame of the DEMUSIS project, a new master study program Music Production was developed by the Academy of Arts University of Novi Sad (P2) and submitted for accreditation to the National Entity for Accreditation on 21 December 2022. Previously it was adopted by the institutional bodies – Academy of Arts in Novi Sad Council on 29 September 2022, and the University of Novi Sad Senate on 27 October 2022.

The master programme in Music Production is designed as a one-year program (60 ECTS) in which the student acquires, relying on previous education at bachelor level, a high level of knowledge and artistic expression in the field of music production. The Music Production master programme at AUNS is formulated as interdisciplinary programme, connecting music and audio-visual media. As such, the curriculum is aimed at mastering modern techniques and shaping personal artistic expression in new and traditional media forms. Part of the program is directed towards entrepreneurship in the cultural and creative industries.

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