Mantautas Krukauskas teaching visit to Serbian HMEIs on 12–20 December 2021

Mantautas Krukauskas, Associated Professor from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius (P6) and Head of LMTA Music Innovation Studies Centre, carried out the first live teaching visit to Serbian academic partner institutions in the DEMUSIS project on 12-20 December 2021. Over 50 students of BA and MA modernized studies from the Academy of Arts University of Novi Sad (P2) and the Faculty of Philology and Arts University of Kragujevac (P3) and new MA study program Music Direction from the Faculty of Music University of Arts in Belgrade (P1) took part in lectures, workshops, demonstrations and discussions on innovative practices in music, ambisonics and spatial audio, sound design tools and other related topics in the field of digital skills for musicians and music production.

On 13 December he visited the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac where he held lectures on Spatial music and sound, and Sound design techniques and tools to BA and MA students of Music performance, Music pedagogy and Music in media study programs. Both lectures were followed by Q & A sessions. The following day, a workshop on distance learning and music was organized as a follow-up to the teacher training previously held online.

The Academy of Arts in Novi Sad was Mantautas Krukauskas’ host on 15-16 December. On the first day of his guest teaching, he talked to students and teachers of Musicology, Composition and Music and Media master studies, concentrating on innovative practices in music and Spatial Audio, whereas the following day, students and teachers from the Department of Sound Design and Music Production had the opportunity to explore Spatial Audio more in depth, along with sound concepts and processing tools. The first part of the lecture focused on the human perception of sound and the idea of using technology in a way to create or reconstruct recorded and produced sound in a special setup. In addition, the history of the concept and the early analogue setups used during the 20th century were presented, with different concepts of how the first technical and artistic standards were being set. The second part of the lecture was directed to current technological concepts, with an emphasis on surround sound, ambisonics and VR. Using a basic surround setup provided at the premises, Professor Krukauskas demonstrated different software for ambisonic sound showing specifics on the software functioning. The final part of the lecture covered answering student questions and interests using various demonstrations and time based processing tools used in sound design and implementing it in surround sound concepts. The ensuing discussion and Q&A session lasted for 5 hours, in response to the audience enthusiasm.

The last three days of the teaching visit Assoc. Prof. Krukauskas worked closely with the students of the first and second year of the Music Direction master study program, introduced to the curriculum of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in 2020/21 in the framework of the DEMUSIS project. Previously in 2019, Mantautas Krukauskas was appointed as a visiting professor at the Music Direction study program by the University of Arts in Belgrade Senate. His teaching covered a wide variety of activities with students and teachers including, but not limited to lectures, demonstrations, presentations with discussions and a final practical workshop on 19 December in the Faculty of Music Tone studio. This part of the teaching visit covered more advanced issues of previously laid out topics, aiming at creative thinking in using ambisonics and spatial audio, with the exchange of examples of good practices and current projects.

 

Faculty of Philology and Arts, University of Kragujevac 13-14.12.2021

 

Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad 15-17.12.2021

 

Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade 17-19.12.2021

  

The first entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students in Serbia Music – Here and Now held 10-24 May 2021

Entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students Music – Here and Now [Muzika – ovde i sada] was held in Serbia (Belgrade – Novi Sad – Kragujevac) from 10th to 24th of May 2021, with participation of students from 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), and both teachers from P1-P3 and P4 (The Royal Conservoatire The Hague) in the role of coaches.

The bootcamp was held in hybrid format, in accordance with ongoing measures for fighting COVID19 epidemic in Serbia and EU, with online participation of teachers from the Hague and live on-spot coaching and mentoring work of their colleagues in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Belgrade.
Nine student projects were realized (P1: 5, P2: 2 P3: 3) and publicly presented by 40 students (P1: 21 P2: 5 P3: 13) of all levels of study (BA, MA, PhD) of modernized (Composition, Music Performance, Music Sciences, Music and Media, Music in Media) and new study programs (Music direction and Applied Research in Music).

The entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students in Serbia Music – Here and Now is a follow-up to the activity 3.1. Teacher training at P4 and was implemented in the framework of project activities 4.3 (Implementation of modernized and new study programs) which includes teaching study visits of EU teachers to Serbian academic partner institutions, as well as the project activity 7.6 involving public presentation of student projects.

Agenda of Music – Here and Now bootcamp

Playlist of short videos of realized student projects is avalable at DEMUSIS project YouTube channel

Bootcamp Music Here and Now leaflet

P1-P4 Distance music performance using LoLa equipment held on April 13, 2021

The first live jazz session of students and teachers of the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade (P1) and the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (P4), was realized on April 13, 2021 using LoLa (Low-latency) equipment for distance music performance.

Teachers and students of Jazz and Popular music Department, Faculty of Music in Belgrade Bojan Cvetković (jazz piano), Stefan Stehlik (jazz guitar) and Luka Ignjatović (saxophone) were joined by their colleagues from Jazz department of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague Ramy Dielemans (double bass) and Borut Rampih (drums) in one-hour jazz session.

The session was proceeded by a jazz drums master class with participation of student from Belgrade Aleksa Milijanović and jazz drums teacher Felix Schlarmann from The Hague.

LoLa jazz session and master class were recorded, directed, edited and produced by students of the new master study program Music direction, under the mentorship of their teachers.

Composition “In Five” by Stefan Stehlik, MA student of jazz guitar, as performed at LoLa P1-P4 session is available at DEMUSIS project YouTube channel.

Joint music performances by students and teachers of Serbian and EU academic partner institutions, using LoLa system for distance music performance are part of the project activity 4.3, with an aim to enhance digital competencies and skills, along with creative and artistic experience.

Teacher training at The Royal Conservatoire The Hague (P4) held on 19-23 April 2021

Teacher training in the fields of music entrepreneurship and social engagement of academic musicians was held on 19-23 April 2021 at national academic partner institutions P1-P3 in an online format, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, travel and social gathering restrictions in Serbia and EU. Fifteen teachers and staff members from Serbia (P1: 8 P2: 3 P3: 4) were trained by teachers from The Royal Conservatoire The Hague (P4) during five daily 2-hours sessions, as part of the preparation of the Entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students in Serbia Music – Here and Now, scheduled for May 2021.

The teacher training covered topics such as music entrepreneurship, particularly in times of COVID, creating different kind of actions, values, and products (19th April); music in society (20th April) with societal support for arts and education, issues of ethics and boundaries, inclusion and sustainability; concert and connotation of a bootcamp, pedagogical principles, goals and design of a bootcamp (21st April), as well as exploration of the roles of teacher and coacher, topics of feedback and assessment, collaboration and group dynamics (April 22nd). The last day of training was reserved for Q & A session and establishment of particularities of the first entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students in Serbia Music – Here and Now [Muzika – ovde i sada] to be held in May 2021 within project activities 4.3 and 7.5. 

The online teacher training at P4 was led by Renee Jonker, Head of the Master NAIP (New Audiences and Innovative Practice) at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (The Netherlands) and member of the AEC-SMS Working Group 3: Entrepreneurial mindset for musician. The course is based on principles that were developed in the AEC Renew Project (2016-2019). 

The entrepreneurial bootcamp is an educational instrument that allows students to develop a lot of skills in a short period of time. In only a few days students will learn by doing how they can function in society as artists in different roles and contexts. Students are challenged to make use of their creativity, their ability to collaborate and their communicative skills. They will explore various aspects of their artistic identity in a setting outside the walls of their educational institution. Students will be coached by teachers who prepared themselves for the task through the teacher training.

The follow-ups of the teacher training at P4 included several ensuing P1-P4 online meetings, with the main follow-up being of course entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kragujevac 10-24 May 2021. It was also concluded that potential live follow-up in academic year 2021/22 in study visits of P4 teachers to P1-P3 national academic partners (pending decision on the extension of project eligibility period), with live contact between Serbian and EU teachers and students, would yield better results in opposition to online ones, having stronger relevance for national HMEIs teaching staff and students as the main project target groups.

Agenda for online teacher training at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague can be found here.

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Online teacher training for the preparation of the entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students in Serbia to be held from 19–23 April 2021

The call for application for teachers of national academic partner institutions for participation in the online teacher training led by the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (P4) was closed on Thursday April 15th, 2021. Overall, 18 teachers from national higher music education institutions in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kragujevac (P1–P3) applied to be trained for the role of coaches in entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students Music – here and now to be held in Serbia in May 2021 as part of the project activity 4.3. The five-day online teacher training will be held from 19th to 23rd of April 2021.

The teacher training will be led by Renee Jonker, Head of the master study program New Audiences and Innovative Practice (NAIP) at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (The Netherlands) and member of the AEC-SMS Working Group 3: Entrepreneurial mindset for musician. The course is based on principles that were developed in successful AEC Renew Project (2016–2019).

Detailed agenda of the teacher training is available here.

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