Over 70 students and teachers from national academic partner institutions in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kragujevac took part in guest lectures and workshops conducted by visiting teachers from the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (P4) in late October and early November. The teaching sessions by Martin Prchal (25-28 October), Heloisa Amaral (1-10 November) and Felix Schlarmann (7-10 November) included lectures with small practical assignments, various workshops and discussion groups, the last one concluding with development and performance of one experimental concert.
In a workshop How to give shape to your future as a professional musician? and consultations conducted with students of BA course Basics of project planning and music entrepreneurship of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (P1) on 25 October, Martin Prchal guided students through quality elements in design of an activity that should be taken into account (artistry and artistic vision, activity design, organization and execution, and reflection with evaluation), in discussion about students’ opinion on what constitutes community music activity of a good quality. Integration of artistic ambition, career and reflective skills, along with consideration of quality standards were further explored in an interactive session with elements of workshop on 27 October at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (P2) with students of modernized BA and MA study programs in music performance, musicology, music production and sound design.
Following her first teaching visit in April 2022, Heloisa Amaral came to a more extensive visit to three national academic partner institutions in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kragujevac in the first week of November 2022. Her work included various teaching formats – lectures with discussion sessions as well as a number of workshops. On 1 November, she gave an interactive lecture with Q&A session on music curatorship at the University of Kragujevac (P3) to students of modernized music performance and music theory BA study programs. The following day, at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (P2) Heloisa held a 5-hour workshop with students of music performance and musicology in which their community projects were explored in-depth, from the idea behind it, skills and knowledge needed, questions of audience and venue, to practical, organizational and technical issues, as well as budgeting, legal rights and dissemination. These discussions were also in focus of the workshop Creating a music event, done at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (P1) on 3 November, with BA students from the elective course Basics of project planning and music entrepreneurship and master students of applied research in music. On that occasion, issues of artistic, communication, organizational, entrepreneurial and other skills necessary for development of small-scale music projects or master projects were looked into.
In the following week from 7 to 10 November 2022, Heloisa Amaral and her colleague from the Royal Conservatoire The Hague Felix Schlarmann, held an intensive course with workshops with a group of students from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade selected through an open call. During the four days, through workshops and work in small groups, students of bachelor and master modernized study programs in classical and jazz music performance, musicology, composition and applied music research, had an opportunity to develop their artistic competencies and career skills while exploring complex relationship between contemporary artistic practice and new professional paths for musicians, along with reflection on the possible roles and responsibilities of academic musicians in society today. The course peaked with an experimental concert, developed from scratch during the workshops, entitled Crossing Borders / Connecting sounds and delivered in Cultural Centre Čukarica in Belgrade on 10 November. The recording of the performance is available at the DEMUSIS Erasmus YouTube channel.
The visiting teaching was realized as part of the WP 4.3 activities regarding the implementation of modernized and new study programs at P1-P3.
Crossing Borders-Connecting Sounds, P1, 7-10 November 2022
Heloisa Amaral's teaching visit to P1-P3 on 1-4 November 2022
Martin Prchal's teaching visit to P1-P2 on 25-29 October 2022
In September 2022, students enrolled in 2020 and 2021 to two master study programs developed and implemented within the DEMUSIS project – that of Music Direction and Applied Research of Music (PRIMA), successfully defended their master projects and thesis and graduated from the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade (P1).
On 21 September, first students enrolled in 2020/21 to the two-year master study program successfully graduated in the field of music direction, in that way becoming first ever masters of music direction in country and the region. During the master thesis defense ceremony, candidates have explained to the members of the Exam Committee creative and technical-technological procedures and methods in music direction, used in realization of their master projects (“Recording, mixing and mastering of chosen metal music tracks” and ” Defining the role of music director through analysis of preproduction, production and postproduction of songs ‘To nije moj svet’, ‘Ti mi srce otvaraš’, ‘Make it easy’ and ‘Hej kafano, moja rano’ by Ivana Milošević and Grigorij Nikolaj Jakovljević respectfully), indicating problems and their solutions met and dealt with during all phases of their work.
On 30 September, the second generation of the PRIMA master students publicly presented and defended their master projects and thesis. The master thesis “Belgrade edition of the Synthetics festival. Organization of a transmedia artistic event focused on audience participation” by Viktor Tanaskovski, focused on an artistic festival organized on the basis of mutual ‘help’ and ‘exchange’ between independent artists acting outside of the cultural industry, state institutions and mainstream publishing mechanisms. Furthermore, the author’s concept of the Synthetics festival, already realized in Skopje (North Macedonia) and in Belgrade (Serbia), was offered and theoretically explained. The festival aimed to create the space for collaboration between diverse artistic practices, seeking to encourage and foster participation and convergence not only between performers, but also between performers and their audience, regardless of the choice of genre and media. On the other hand, Tijana Nikolić in her master project “Illustrations – Short films cycle as an affirmation of the profession of composer”, sought to reveal some of the lesser-known aspects of composer’s work, introduce the wider audience with what is understood as compositional practice, how one becomes a composer, and share those and other findings through widely distributed cycle of three short digital films. Along with affirmation of the composer profession and artistic music in general, the project aimed at initiating a collaboration between students of four faculties of the University of Arts in Belgrade, stressing the benefits that exchange of ideas and good practices within collaborative work in this and similar projects may bring.
Previously, the fall of 2021 was marked by graduation of first generation of students of the PRIMA master study program.
First music directors graduated
Second generation of PRIMA master students graduated
Following the successful start of LLL courses in September, four more seminars for music professionals and teachers in pre-university music education were realized in the past month by teachers from the Academy of Arts University of Novi Sad (P2) and the Faculty of Philology and Arts University of Kragujevac (P3).
On October 29th Ira Prodanov, Nataša Crnjanski and Miloš Milojković, from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, conducted a seminar Artist on Stage: Gesture, Communication, Media in Music school “Isidor Bajić“ in Novi Sad. The course is focused on implementation of communication skills in preparing pupils and students for soloist, chamber music, orchestral and choir public performances, as well as in the media.
The implementation of 6 LLL courses developed by the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac started on 13 November, with the course Montessori method in solfeggio teaching: including music entrepreneurship in broadening teaching competencies, realized by Kristina Parezanović in Music School „Petar Kranjčević” in Sremska Mitrovica. The course objectives include educating teachers to apply Montessori methods in solfeggio teaching, development and use of didactic games and materials, including gesture in teaching, stimulating inner motivation of pupils, while framing these and other topics in the context of music entrepreneurship. The course will be done next in Music school „Nevena Popović“ in Grocka on 23 November.
Along with the in-presence ones, LLL online courses kicked off last week, also developed by teachers from the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac. Milorad Marinković opened with a course Digital arranging and production of audio and video materials for online music teaching and entertainment-educational platforms starting on 14th November. It focuses on skills and knowledge in making sound and music arrangements in digital format, using various software and digital tools, additionally introducing knowledge and practice in the field of audio, video and MIDI editing. It will be closely followed by another online seminar – Creating digital matrix for children music performance.
Other pcoming DEMUSIS LLL courses include Benefits of music in (daily) work with vulnerable groups in all age categories, developed by Milena Stanišić and Stana Krstajić from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (P1) and addressing the importance and use of music in inclusive communication in work with marginalized and vulnerable groups, and Music entrepreneurship in music performance and music education by Duško Marić from the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac (P3) on the use of organisational, entrepreneurial and management skills in widening concert practice of music education institutions. These courses will kick off with implementation on 26 November in Music school “Vučković” in Belgrade and on 10 December Music school “Jovan Bandur” in Pančevo respectively.
More on each course objectives, description and program can be found in ZUOV catalogue, by entering the hyperlink in the course name (in Serbian).
Overall, fourteen lifelong learning courses were accredited for the three-year period (2022-2025) by the National Institute for Improvement of Education within the work package 5 of the DEMUSIS project.
Artist on stage, P2, Novi Sad, 29.10.2022
Digital arranging and production of audio and video materials, P3, online, 14.11.2022
Montessori method in solfeggio teaching, P3, Sremska Mitrovica, 13.11.2022
The DEMUSIS project was presented at the international conference “Higher music education, what’s next?” on 1 October 2022, upon invitation from the National Academy of Advanced Orchestral Studies from Lisbon, as the organizer and host.
The central topic of the event was the discussion on the future of higher music education. The central panel of the conference entitled “Tradition vs Innovation”, held in hybrid format, with some speakers and participants joining online, in addition to in presence presentations, was focused on reflection on the experiences and educational paths of the next generation of musicians. As such, it contained presentation and innovative approaches of several successful international EU funded projects and strategic partnerships (HarMA+, NAIP, REACT, FAST45), the DEMUSIS project among them.
In the presentation, project’s objectives and outcomes in curricular development were presented, along with innovative character of changes it brought in higher music education in Serbia. Particularly two new master programs developed and implemented within the project were stressed out, with their objectives, structure and feedback from students.
- LLL courses accredited by the National Institute for Improvement of Education
- Sandra Rimkutė-Jankuvienė’s teaching visit to P1 17-21 May 2022
- Student placements in Radio-Television Serbia fully realized in 2021/22
- First students of the new master study programs graduated from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (P1)