Open online student consultations regarding the entrance exam for Applied Research in Music

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.

Zoom meeting details:

Join Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 865 0261 1741 
Passcode: 771234
Time: Oct 21, 2020 12:00 PM Belgrade, Bratislava, Ljubljana

The structure of study program, with lists of compulsory courses and electives, can be found here

Details of the prerequisites for study and entrance exam can be found in Faculty of Music Entrance Exam Informer for Master, Specialized and PhD studies available here (in Serbian)

Online courses realized in Spring 2020

Distance learning platforms were developed, adjusted to the specific needs of musicians and put to use at the three Serbian academic institutions by March 2020 and the beginning of the COVID-19 induced lockdown.

As part of the preparation of the online courses (project activity WP3.4), at the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad (P2) a survey was conducted both in 2019 and 2020 on students’ and teachers’ attitude on distance learning (92 students and 58 teachers took part in the survey), with the results presented at LATIMPE online conference in May 2020.

The corona virus 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 and to the great effect. Overall, three new and five modernized courses were implemented at the national music academic institutions 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 new course Basics of digital literacy for musicians and modernized Concert practice were realized at P1, new Music education methods in digital environment and modernized courses Basics of music recording and production, Music Production, Dramaturgy of Sound and Creative digitization at P2, whereas at P3 the second semester Music in digital environment new course was completed in an online form.

The courses were realized during the lockdown of universities, 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.

The implementation of updated Concert practice at P1 as an online BA course is particularly interesting case, in terms of how a course essentially relying on live performance was modernized in a different form to include elements of digital and entrepreneurial skills. Students learned how to write a review of a performance, how to self-record using mobile phone, how to position microphone to achieve the best effect, and so on, with the final outcome uploaded on Concert practice course YouTube channel.

Music Education Methods in Digital Environment, MA course introduced at P2, and implemented in an online form during the spring lockdown. The course was realized using both the distance learning platform and especially creatively relying on Trello board as a communication tool and a repository of documents, videos and presentations, as well as students work, so any teacher and student could follow the work on-line. An online introductory presentation is available online at the project YouTube channel.

Similarly, new course Basics of digital literacy for musicians (ODPM in Serbian), introduced at P1 at the bachelor study level, with an aim to enable music students to use the basic set of programs (for text and music samples editing, music database search, preparation of visual presentation, etc) essential for their professional work was realized using newly created YouTube channels, communication tools such as Skype and Zoom platform, and other. The teaching mode for each teaching unit was chosen in accordance with the subject, putting in that way to practice the theoretical explanations. The online practicum and teaching materials (developed within WP 3.3 and 3.4 project activities) was made available for students at the ODPM course YouTube channel.

The successful realization of these pilot online courses set the grounds for change of students’ and teachers’ attitude toward online learning and teaching and encouraging them for taking part in digital initiative in the field of music in greater numbers in future.

Digital and media laboratories at P2 and P3 upgraded

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 procured equipment was installed upon payment, delivery and introduction to appropriate inventory lists. The upgrade of digital and media laboratories was accompanied by infrastructure enhancement, such as the new network and electricity installation at P3. The new equipment is set for teaching, learning and student projects and was first put to use for the realization of new and modernized courses in academic year 2019/20.

At the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad, the new audio equipment (microphones, preamp, mic stands and keyboards) was delivered in the fall of 2019 and was actively used for classes of Basics of Music Recording and Production, Music Production and Creative Digitization. Notation tablets were used by music students for practice. The use of new equipment in student projects haven’t reached its full potential due to Covid-19 lockdown in spring 2020, but in academic year 2020/21 more than 100 students and teachers will use the equipment.

In 2019/20 procured up-to-date computers were used at the Faculty of Philology and Art, University of Kragujevac for teaching and learning in the newly introduced course Music in the digital environment, as well as in the modernized courses such as Digital audio-video editing, Interactive Multimedia, Digital sound synthesis, and Digital music instruments. Audio equipment has also been used in classes and for sound recordings, processing and editing. The software, which was somewhat belated delivered in July 2020 due to COVID-19, will be used in teaching process and production of audio and video content from 2020/2021. The acquired equipment benefits the majority of students of all study programmes at P3 (243), along with teaching and technical staff.

Given the wider scope equipment purchase than envisaged by project proposal, and greater number of modernized and new courses introduced relying on the active use of acquired equipment, more students than initially foreseen will be direct beneficiaries of it.

Installed equipment of P2 (University of Novi Sad)

Installed equipment of P3 (University of Kragujevac)


Distance learning platforms developed and in use at national HMEIs

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 first one to reach this outcome was the Faculty of Philology and Arts of the University in Kragujevac, which installed and implemented eUčenje [eLearning] distance learning platform in April 2019. The analysis showed that the platform is suitable for needs of music on-line education, and the institution provides technical help for adaptation of platform to answer more specific use, if needed. All the teachers have the opportunity and are encouraged to offer e-learning courses. The first online course developed within DEMUSIS project – Music in digital environment, with 4 students and 2 teachers involved, was made available at the platform in the Spring semester of 2019/20.

The University of Novi Sad introduced a new distance learning platform eLab, developed between December 2019 and February 2020, which was put to use at the Academy of Arts of the University of Novi Sad in Spring 2020. The inauguration of the eLab e-learning platform was followed by training by IT member of P2 technical support. About 40 teachers attended a group presentation on opening and using eLab Moodle-based distance learning platform, whereas 15 teachers also requested and received individual training and IT support. A new course MEDIG (Music education methods in digital environment) was succesfully implemented as an online course.

The University of Belgrade offered the University of Arts in Belgrade to use eLearning portal, which was assessed as adequate for answering the needs of music teaching and learning. It was therefore put to use in spring semester of 2020, with one modernized course – Concert practice, succesfully implemented as a specific test course, using in full capacity the distance learning platform.

The implementation of subsequent online courses at the three national academic partner institutions on developed e-learning platforms, and the analysis of results, will show the potential need for further adjustments of these platforms. This will be discussed after the fall semester of 2020/21 (in January 2021).

Technical Implementation Report submitted

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.

The DEMUSIS project was launched in January 2019 with the Progress Report submission due in July 2020. Nevertheless, the plans were made and adopted by the Project Management Board at the annual meeting in December 2019 to submit the Report in Spring 2020, given the realized activities and outcomes and expenditure of the budget. However, the Covid-19 outbreak in Serbia and EU with subsequent measures to control the disease have suspended the majority of the project activities, impeding project management and administration as well. The postponement of the ultimate deadline was requested therefore, due to the amount of time necessary for compiling the adequate documentation from all the partners, and granted by EACEA on 29/04/20, with the new deadline set to 1 September 2020.

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