Upcoming event: DEMUSIS at 46th AEC Annual Congress and General Assembly

DEMUSIS project will be presented at the https://www.aec-music.eu/events/aec-annual-congress-and-general-assembly-2019 taking place from 7th to 9th November 2019 at Conservatorio di Musica "G. Verdi", Turin (Italy). The event entitled "Re-imagining Success?" will address two main topics, those of entrepreneurship and digitisation, both highly relevant to the DEMUSIS project, aiming to bring out burning issues that arise from the change in the music job market and therefore affect the music profession.

On Friday November 8th, DEMUSIS project contact person Ivana Perković from the Faculty of Music – University of Arts in Belgrade, will present the project in the session Re-imagining Entrepreneurship: presentations by DEMUSIS and RENEW Projects, the Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Innovation Programme at Reina Sofia and the SMS Entrepreneurship Working Group set at 12:10-13:10, with participation of Esther Viñuela from Escuela Superior de Mùsica Reina Sofia in Madrid (Spain), Renee Jonker from Royal Conservatoire The Hague (The Netherlands) and Payam Gul Susanni from Yasar University of Music in Izmir (Turkey).

The 46th AEC Annual Congress and General Assembly program is available here.

Regional Cluster Meeting CBHE projects’ impact in the Western Balkans, 22-23 October 2019

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 held from 22nd to 23rd October 2019 in Durres (Albania).

At the Regional Cluster Meeting on CBHE projects’ impact in the Western Balkans relevant issues on modernisation, accessibility, internationalisation and regional cooperation were addressed.

In particular, Prof. Perković was the rapporteur in the workshop Strengthening the links with society and business to improve student and staff competencies and thereby enhance the employability of graduates, with Suad Muhavić, coordinator of National Erasmus Office Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a facilitator.

Meeting Agenda can be found here.

DEMUSIS on Annual Meeting for International Relations Coordinators in Prague, 19-22 September 2019

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 19th to 22nd 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 Q&A session moderated by Payam Gul Susanni, SMS WG3 on Entrepreneurship at AEC.

In a pleasant and friendly atmosphere, DEMUSIS’ objectives, target groups, partners, the ways in which the project is meeting institutional, national and EU priorities, as well as details on curricula development, particularly its preparation phase, along with modernized and new courses, and the new master study program to be implemented during the course of the project, were addressed. As this year IRCs Meeting “presented itself with the provocative title The Pink Elephant to trigger a discussion about all constraints, contradictions, unsaid and unknowns that make the work of the IRCs more and more complex and multifaceted”, the presentation of DEMUSIS project also included an account of its own ‘pink elephants’ which led to lively exchange of experience and ideas.

Annual IRCs Meeting Program can be found here.

Students enrolled to modernized study programs

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. 

Modernization of study programs was put in effect to include digital competencies, entrepreneurial skills and social engagement of professional musicians into the syllabi and topics of compulsory and elective courses at undergraduate and graduate level of studies at national academic partner institutions. The results of previously conducted student and teacher surveys (as WP1 activity) were strongly taken into account in shaping the new and modernized syllabi and topics.

In the scope of WP 4.1 Modernization of current study programs, national academic partner institutions expended study program curricula by introducing new courses aiming at developing digital and entrepreneurial skills and social awareness in music students. Thus, the following new courses at all study programs are launched at the Faculty of Music – University of Arts in Belgrade (P1): Introduction to digital notation for students of all study programs, Basics of working with Digital Audio Workstation – DAW, Contemporary notation and advanced digital notography, Introduction to project planning and music entrepreneurship and Basics of digital literacy for musicians. Academy of Arts – University of Novi Sad (P2) introduced new course as elective to the master study program Music and Media, Musicology and Ethnomusicology, and compulsory in Music production master study program. Furthermore, as of 2019/20, the course Basics of entrepreneurship in music is compulsory subject at master studies of Music production. P3 developed and introduced the following new courses in compliance with project objectives: Basics of music entrepreneurship, as an elective at bachelor studies of Music theory and pedagogy, Music Performance and Music in media, and Music in digital environment at Music theory and pedagogy and Music performance study programs. 

In order to comply previously accredited study programs with project objectives, the national HMEI organization of work and current tendencies in music art and research, study programs at three national academic partner institutions were modernized by making changes in existing curricula. Thus, P1 has introduced changes in 97 courses at all levels of study, namely: Ethnochoreology, World dances, Introduction to Ethnomusicology, Basics of research methodology, Ethnomusicology teaching methods, Traditional singing methods, Ethnomusicology: method, theory, approach, History of music, Methodology of research/master thesis, National history of music – Music in Serbia at the turn of the 19th and beginning of 20th century, History of music – Baroque, History of Music – Ancient music, Introduction to Musicology, Writing the research and theory paper, History of music seminar paper, National history of music seminar paper, Applied aesthetics and sciences on arts, Introduction to the applied aesthetics, sciences and theories on arts, Music forms analysis, Music styles analysis, Vocal music analysis, History of Music Theory, Counterpoint, Music forms, Introduction to music theory and analysis, Music form analysis seminar paper, Solfeggio teaching methods, Principles of solfeggio teaching methods, Practical solfeggio teaching methods, Methods of music teaching in elementary schools, Practical methods of general music education, Children music ensembles, Didactic music games for elementary school, Musical: Guidelines in Teaching and Performance, Improvisation – voice and piano, Concert practice, Arranging, Harmony, Compositional aspects of pop music, Practicum in stylistic composing and improvisation, Vocal counterpoint, Instrumental counterpoint, Methods in harmony, music forms and counterpoint teaching, Music Analysis, Music Forms, Essays in impressionism harmony.

P2 has reformed courses Chamber music and Orchestral parts at bachelor and master level of Music performance study program introducing digital resources to teaching process.

Similarly, existing similar course at P3 Music in Media study program – Music in Digital Environment has been redefined for the purpose of the project, by introducing and advancing skills and knowledge on practical use of computer in music, such as (self)recordings, editing, digitalization of the recording, MIDI controllers of virtual instruments and DAWs.

Study visit to the entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague

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 bootcamp 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.

The bootcamp was led by professors Ramon Verberne and Renee Jonker from Royal Conservatoire The Hague and Tanja Orning from Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. During an intensive week, students had a chance to develop an understanding of what it means to think and act as a music entrepreneur and to test their entrepreneurial skills out of the academic context. Two representatives of Serbian partner HMEI institutions observed the organization and realization of the bootcamp, gaining insight into objectives, expectations and challenges of it. The chance to take part in bootcamp activities, to monitor students’ progress, participate in workshop and evaluation process and exchange ideas and experience with teachers and students of the Royal Conservatoire will be particularly valuable in further DEMUSIS project activities concerning implementation of new courses at P1-P3 related to introduction of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to music studies curricula.

For more information about the realization of the bootcamp A Musicians Footprint please visit: https://www.koncon.nl/en/news/entrepreneurial-bootcamp-a-musicians-footprint

More on the bootcamp program can be found here: Programme Entrepreneurial Bootcamp 2019 a musicians footprint.pdf

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