LLL courses accredited by the National Institute for Improvement of Education

Fourteen lifelong learning (LLL) courses, designed and submitted by national academic partner institutions (P1: 4, P2: 4, P3: 6), have been accredited by the National Institute for Improvement of Education – ZUOV on 29 June 2022 for the period of the next three academic years, starting from the fall 2022.

The courses, developed by teachers from the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade (P1), the Academy of Arts of the University in Novi Sad (P2) and the Faculty of Philology and Arts of the University in Kragujevac (P3) in the framework of the DEMUSIS project, cover wide range of topics within three project thematic fields — those of digital competencies in music, music entrepreneurship and social engagement of academic musicians. To this extent, the courses pertaining to the first thematic field will deal with digital music literacy, classical music digital databases as tools for improving music classes, enhancement of digital competencies of solfeggio teachers, creating digital music matrix for children music performance, music education methods in digital environment, as well as digital tools for online music teaching and music education in general. Music entrepreneurship will be subject of 2 courses offered by the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac (P3). The ever bigger topicality of various issues related to the visibility and engagement of musicians in society, communication with audience through new and online media, was also recognized by both university teachers and their colleagues in primary and secondary music education, resulting in 4 courses offered in this field, ranging from addressing various issues of communication with audience in an online, live stage or (post)Covid-19 context, or else in dealing with specific audience such as vulnerable groups of all ages.

The list of all LLL courses approved and accredited by the National Institute for Improvement of Education is available on ZUOV website. The catalogue of all approved courses is in preparation and will be available in August 2022 at the latest.

Development, accreditation and implementation of LLL courses belongs to project work package 5, covering project’s specific objective B — continuing professional development for music professionals, aiming at improvement and enhancement of their digital and entrepreneurial skills.

Student placements in Radio-Television Serbia fully realized in 2021/22

Ten students from national academic partner institutions (P1-P3) had the opportunity to test and broaden their knowledge acquired in new and modernized studies through two-week practical placements in the national broadcasting service Radio-Television of Serbia (P7) in two rounds during the academic year 2021/22 - from 15-26 November 2021 and 6-9 April 2022. Students of new MA study programs Music Direction and Applied Research of Music from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (P1), along with their colleagues from MA studies Music and Media from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (P2) and BA Music in Media from the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac (P3), gained practical experience in radio and television studios, recording and editing studios and music production.

To this extent, the practice of students included work in TV studios of Morning show, Belgrade chronicle, news program, music and entertainment services, in music and sound studio with applied music and editing, as well as taking part in recordings, field work and live transmission of concerts and music shows. In Radio Belgrade studios, students had the opportunity to try themselves out in working in tone and electronic studios, phono archive, thematic channels, as well as in mastering and editing music radio shows. They shared their perspective and experience from the practical placements and taking part in the DEMUSIS project by being guests in radio shows Susretanja [Encounters] on 24 November 2021 and Pop karusel [Pop carousel] on 1 December 2021.
Practical student placements in RTS in the fall and spring semester 2021/22 conclude project activity 4.5.

Student placements in RTS, April 2022

Student placements in RTS, November 2021

 

First student placements in Mad Head Games

The first group of 6 students from national academic partner institutions in Belgrade (P1) and Kragujevac (P3) completed their practical placements in gaming company Mad Head Games (P10) in September 6–20, 2021. Four students of new master study program Applied Research of Music (PRIMA) at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (P1) and two students of master study program Music in Media, updated with new course Digital portfolio introduced in academic year 2020/21, had an opportunity to test and broaden their knowledge on gaming industry, particularly in the field of music and sound production for video games.

The main aim of the practical placement was to introduce students to as many aspects of video games production, in order to better understand this growing industry and explore the possibilities it offers to music professionals. During their practical placements, the music students learned about the specific characteristics of video games as an interactive media, the technical aspects of its production, including the organizational structure of development studies and production technology. In addition, the students were introduced to aesthetic principles of games dramaturgy, particularly on Mad Head Games projects.

A special attention was, of course, been given to sound design and production, which included not only music but also sound effects and dialogues.

At the end of placement period, the students were given tasks of creating concepts for game music direction, based on a game segment. This task was met with great enthusiasm among students, who engaged their creativity, knowledge and skills to match the chosen music to visual narrative game aesthetic, to edit it so that music and sound follow the dynamics and events in the game. Some of their works are available on project’s YouTube channel.

In accordance with ongoing measures to control the spread of disease COVID-19 in Serbia, the student practice was carried out completely online.

The partners and collaborators from Mad Head Games are eager to welcome the second group of students from P1-P2 on practical placements in November 2021.

Student placements in Mad Head Games: Agenda

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First students of the new master study programs graduated from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (P1)

On 12 November 2021, the first students graduated from the innovative, entrepreneurially oriented master study program Applied Research in Music (PRIMA) introduced at the Faculty of Music University of Arts in Belgrade in the framework of the DEMUSIS project in 2020/21. During their studies, the students successfully integrated application of knowledge, concepts and methods in music research from the perspective of new technologies, entrepreneurship and work with audiences within the wider social contexts, resulting in the design of original music projects addressed to specific social groups as new audiences.

The final works at the PRIMA master characterize unique methodological approach bringing together design of a project idea, its theoretical explication based on the contemporary academic literature, followed by its practical application by placement of actual music outputs into the specific contemporary media, educational and/or public cultural space(s).

The PRIMA master theses are furthermore oriented toward affirmation of chosen examples of art music in the specific social context outside of concert venues as traditional institutionalized spaces for the promotion of classical music, with an emphasis on participatory audience involvement and of transmedia storytelling application. As such, the master theses publicly defended at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade include projects such as Art and music summer workshop for preschool children “Sing and play with the carnival” by Tara Gajić, Radio FMU by Ivana Ćurčić, Presentation and promotion of the Guard-Representative Orchestra by trans-media storytelling method by Bojan Cvetinov, and Programme Preslišavanje [Revision]. Design and placement of the broadcast oriented toward popular music research using the transmedia storytelling techniques by Mario Dimitrijević, as the most recent contribution (defended on 18 March 2022).

The Applied Research in Music (PRIMA), introduced in the framework of the DEMUSIS project in 2020/21, is the first study program in Serbia and in the region oriented towards entrepreneurial approach to music, socially engaged artistic/music practices and growing and more complex possibilities of digital technologies. Witnessing its popularity in the region is the fact that almost 25% of students come from the countries of the former Yugoslavia (North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina).

To learn more about the study program, visit the Faculty of Music in Belgrade website. Additionally, the structure of the study program in English is available here, and the complete curriculum (in Serbian) here.

Outcomes of the Entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students Music – Here and Now presented at the 24th International Pedagogical Forum for Performing Arts 1-3 October 2021

Outcomes of the DEMUSIS entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students “Music – Here and Now” were presented at the 24th International Pedagogical Forum for Performing Arts held in Belgrade, Serbia, on 1-3 October 2021 in a hybrid format. The paper "Cross-curricular Learning in Higher Music Education: Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Music Students Music – Here and Now”, co-written by Ivana Perković, Ivana Vuksanović, Milica Petrović and Dušanka Jelenković Vidović, aimed at presenting the experience from the first bootcamp for music students held in Serbia with the objective to draw conclusions conclusions relevant for the building of key skills important for the professional musician in the third decade of the 21st century.

The starting point of the study was understanding of the changing nature of job market for academically trained musicians in last decades, requiring development of cross-curricular skills, such as capability to integrate and synthetize the acquired knowledge from different areas, ability to work in a team, high interpersonal sensitivity, ability to suggest improvements based on a critical appraisal, and other. However, so far, the development of such knowledge and skills have not been substantially recognized in higher music education curriculum in Serbia. Therefore, the entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students of three higher music institutions in Serbia, held in May 2021 under the title “Music – Here and Now” in hybrid (online and live) form as an activity within the DEMUSIS project, was used as an example of how cross curricular approach can enhance the learning practice of music students.

The research methods included qualitative research of data gathered through semi-structured interviews (with teachers), online surveys (for students) and content analysis to compare current research with the authors’ findings. In addition, a case study on student projects using traditional music was introduced, particularly one realized by a group of students from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (Zvezdara Forest Invaders).

The results showed that cross-curricular approach in the format of the entrepreneurial bootcamp, is innovative, intensive, and beneficial in applying the academic knowledge of music to real-world problems or situations.
The International Pedagogical Forum for Performing Arts is organized annually by the Department of Solfeggio and Music Pedagogy of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and Serbian Forum for Research in Music Education. The topic of 24th Forum was Folklore in Music Education, presenting recent finds not only in the music pedagogy as the main discipline of the conference, but also from the perspective of ethnomusicology, musicology, music theory, as well as that of psychology, aesthetic and philosophy of music, and other related interdisciplinary cognitive sciences. The proceedings from 24th International Pedagogical Forum for Performing Arts will be published by the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in 2022.

 

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