This Work package addresses the first project objective – expanding the curriculum to include a greater focus on digital media and entrepreneurship and sets the initial framework. Work package 1 is setting the foundation for further project activities. It will result in integrated data on all existing study programmes in music in national and EU Higher education institutions, and all existing capacities (infrastructure, facilities, audio laboratories, etc.) in the Higher education institutions in Serbia.
The results of these activities will be agreed upon and published in 4 reports in Serbian and English language.
The main objectives of this Work package are to conduct the internal or external assessment of national Higher education institutions and to develop new and modernized curricula in order to introduce digital and entrepreneurial skills.
This work package also comprises activities related to the discussion and definition of methodological approaches in the creation of curricula, syllabi and training programmes. Selected methodology will be used to create new curricula.
After reformed and new curricula have been designed and checked by the team in charge, preparation activities for accreditation will be carried out, resulting in adoption of the newly developed and modernized curricula by relevant institutional and national bodies (Teaching-artistic-research councils and the national Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assurance), which will be the first major project milestone.
1.1 Current national study programmes analyzed, reviewed and compared with similar EU programmes
University of Arts in Belgrade as the only partner introducing the new programme will be reviewed by the independent international European-level external evaluation body which has the aim to assist higher music education institutions in their own enhancement of quality and to improve the quality of higher music education across Europe and beyond /MusiQuE, European affiliate of ENQUA/. Institutional review will be conducted in October 2019.
University of Novi Sad and University of Kragujevac will conduct internal assessment of study programmes to be modernized.
1.2 Study visits to EU Higher education institutions
Partners from the national Higher education institutions will visit the European partner Higher education institutions in order to familiarize with existing curricula on music entrepreneurship and music-related digital media as well as with specific facilities and equipment. Less formal interaction between participating staff and established contacts will be important for implementation of the new study programme and modernized curricula. Study visit reports will serve as the basis for the future activities.
1.3 Learning outcomes and competences defined
Meetings with the non-academic partner institutions will be focused on the matching needs and experiences of the music graduates, postgraduates and current employers. The result will be visible in the long-term agreements between Higher education institutions and companies/stakeholders in the field of media and IT industry.
1.4 Current study programmes modernized and adopted
Best suited methodologies for syllabi development will be used to pave modernized study programmes. National Higher education partners will introduce 8 compulsory and elective courses on music entrepreneurship and music – related digital technologies at undergraduate and graduate level. All reformed study programmes will be adopted by the relevant institutional and/or national bodies.
1.5 New study programs designed and accredited
One master programme at Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade “Music in Digital Environment” will be introduced with the active steering by EU partners and it will encompass courses in key areas of knowledge and skills defined in the previous activities. Socially relevant assignments will be given, and students will be directed to work upon their musical projects with a mission to serve wider society.
Due to the lack of adequate resources Work package 2 is dedicated to enhancement of this situation in order to enable student engagement and obtain new competencies. Based on the assessment of the specific needs public procurement of the equipment will be conducted on all three national academic partner institutions (University of Arts in Belgrade, University of Novi Sad, University of Kragujevac). Results will be visible through purchase and installation of the adequate equipment, digital infrastructure development, creation of one digital music studio (University of Belgrade) and upgrade of the existing music and media laboratories (University of Novi Sad, University of Kragujevac), development of the distance learning platform, which will all contribute to the sustainability of the project results.
2.1 Equipment purchase planned
Needs in terms of hardware, software, digital infrastructure, music instruments and other equipment will be defined bearing in mind requirements of different project activities (new and modernized programmes, online courses, LoLa performances, LLL courses, etc), upon which a report will be issued.
2.2 Hardware equipment purchased
Suitable equipment necessary for the formation of the digital laboratory for music will be purchased for University of Arts in Belgrade. Since University of Novi Sad and University of Kragujevac already have music and media laboratories they will upgrade them with additional equipment.
2.3 Software purchased
Suitable software (Sibelius, Finale, Cubase, etc) necessary for the digital laboratory for music will be purchased for University of Arts in Belgrade. Since University of Novi Sad and University of Kragujevac already have software relevant for music and media programmes they will upgrade them with additional software products.
2.4 Adequate digital infrastructure developed
Operation of new and upgraded digital studios, on-line courses and audio-visual streaming requires developing of adequate digital infrastructure which will encompass new and upgraded servers and network infrastructure as well as upgrade and adjustments of the existing ones.
2.5 Equipment installed and set up
Purchased hardware, software, digital and other equipment will be installed and set.
12 places digital lab at Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade will be developed and equipped with most up-to-date hardware and musical software.
3 clavinovas will be available for digital music projects. One piano will be available for LoLa performances.
2.6 Distance learning platform created
This platform will be based on the Moodle – open source learning platform and adapted to specifics of use on Higher education insitutions and needs of musicians. A shared distance learning platform for music teachers, students and professional musicians will be created with small adjustments available for each Higher education partner according to its specific needs and made available online.
This Work package is dedicated to teachers and staff training and developing teaching resources for new and modernized study programmes (including online courses) at all three national Higher education partner institutions.
Training study visits of teachers from national Higher education partners will be organized at EU Higher education insitutions in the field of music-related digital skills and knowledge and music entrepreneurship. The outputs of these visits will be applied in development of teaching materials and further project activities.
Staff and teachers at National Education partner institutions will be trained for distance learning and LoLa equipment by competent professionals and online courses on enhancing music performance and artistic creativity will be prepared.
Developed and published training materials for new and modernized studies will be distinct outcome of joint efforts of teaching staff of all academic institutions participating in the project, making it a WP3 milestone.
3.1 Teachers trained for curricular changes and LLL courses
36 teachers from national Higher education institutions will visit EU Higher education partners for 5-days training. The training in the field of music entrepreneurship (Entrepreneurship and project management; Performance and Communication), digital empowerment of existing study programmes or new master programme (Digital marketing, Audio Software, Music and computers, Audio fundamentals for recording, Creative music production skills, Sound directing fundamentals, etc.) will be provided by the EU Higher education partners.
Based on the expertise gained in these trainings, teachers from Serbian Education insitutions will become upholders of new and reformed curricula and LLL courses.
3.2 Teachers and staff trained for distance learning and LoLa equipment
Programmers and system engineers in charge of development and installation of distance learning platform and set up of LoLa system on National Higher education instituitons will conduct teachers and staff training.
Trainees will be comprised of Heads of services and IT staff, along with music performance teachers and professors of online courses.
At least 18 teachers and 10 staff members will be trained during one or two day courses.
3.3 Teaching materials developed and published
Teaching materials will be jointly developed and produced by all national Higher education insitutions, with active steering by EU partners. At least 8 new textbooks or online manuals will be prepared by teachers and published for reformed study programmes. At least 5 new textbooks or online manuals will be prepared by teachers and published for new master study programme.
3.4 On-line courses prepared
At least 1 new on-line course will be prepared at each national Higher education partner. On-line courses will be jointly developed and produced by all national Higher education institutions, with active steering by EU partners.
This work package comprises activities related to implementation of modernized and new undergraduate and graduate study programs. It will be curricularly-based and logistically feasible and it will support the student-oriented approach.
This WP contains two important milestones: students’ enrolment to modernized and new study programmes and their subsequent implementation.
WP activities will be related to the implementation of developed modules, courses and topics into the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula and syllabi, as well as the implementation of newly-developed on-line courses and implementation of a developed student placements.
This WP will help in embedding the digital competences and entrepreneurial skills into the competence sets of various music graduates.
New compulsory or optional courses and/or modification of existing courses will be implemented at undergraduate and graduate level in order to develop new competences of as many students as possible. These changes will affect large number of students at all national Higher education insitutions, as developed courses will be implemented to all study programmes.
This will cause the mindset change: students will 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 the area of digital environment. At least 150 students per year will attend these courses, starting from the second project year.
New study programme will affect smaller number of students (10 per year), starting from the second project year, and their competences will be attractive to new and future employers in field of music business, applied music, design, production, education, performance, etc.
4.1 Students enrolled to modernized study programmes
The best candidates will be enrolled to modernized study programmes at national HEIs, undergraduate and graduate level. They will attend one-semester compulsory or elective courses on music entrepreneurship basics or digital technologies music related subjects.
4.2 Students enrolled to the new master programme
After passing entrance exam, best candidates will be enrolled to new master programme at the University of Arts in Belgrade. They will attend one-year study programme comprised of compulsory and elective courses on music entrepreneurship basics and digital technologies in music.
4.3 Modernized and new study programmes implemented
This WP is one of the major project milestones.
Modernized and newly developed modules/subject/topics will be implemented into the
undergraduate/postgraduate curricula/syllabi. EU experts from will offer intensive courses to students within curricula, having in mind specific requirements and importance of individual contact between teacher and student in music education.
LoLa distance music performances will be realized within new study courses and programme with a prospect of online live streaming.
4.4 On line courses implemented
At least one on-line course will be implemented at each institution, and delivered through newly developed distance learning platform. Courses will be jointly developed and produced by all national Higher education instituitons, with active guidance by partners from EU.
They will cover topics on enhancing music performance and artistic creativity by use of digital skills and tools (such as Basic self-recording and music production, etc).
4.5 Student placements realized
Newly developed student industrial placements model will be implemented into the undergraduate/postgraduate curricula/syllabi. This student industrial placement model will be adopted by relevant bodies. Students’ placement in the Public Broadcasting Institution Radio Television of Serbia and EPIX non-academic partner institutions will be the practical opportunity to improve and test the knowledge students gained.
Media based career will be experienced in the largest and most prominent Serbian broadcasting company and IT and entrepreneurial career in one of the most successful and aspiring internationally recognized national gaming companies.
WP 5 covers project’s specific objective B: continuing professional development for music professionals, aiming at improvement and enhancement of their digital and entrepreneurial skills.
DEMUSIS will offer on-line courses, developed within previous work package and adapted for LLL (Life Long Learning) usage, as an economical way of project activities. It will widen opportunities for participants and make effective use of new technologies.
No less than 10 LLL courses in areas of music entrepreneurship and music in digital environment will be designed, teaching and learning materials will be prepared and courses will be offered to participants, aiming to improve opportunities and growth for participants and their communities and also to help professionals to adapt and accommodate to new technologies.
At least 200 participants will attend the courses.
Partners will discuss needs and possibilities for design and implementation of short-cycle studies (30 ECTS) for musicians to provide opportunities to employed music professionals to upgrade their qualifications and for unemployed to get new qualifications for jobs offered in the labour market.
5.1 LLL courses designed and accredited
Areas of courses will encompass: digital technologies in music education, music-related projects, music business, music production, internet resources for music performers, teachers, researchers, digital portfolio for musicians, etc. All suggested courses will be accredited by the National Institute for the Promotion of Education by 30/10/2020.
5.2 Learning materials for LLL courses prepared
LLL training and learning materials (either printed or electronic form) will be jointly developed and produced by all national Higher education institutions, with active steering by EU partners.
5.3 LLL courses implemented
Within the existing LLL centre at the University of Kragujevac, LLL courses will be offered by academic teaching staff to the teachers in primary and secondary music schools to develop their entrepreneurial knowledge, attitudes and skills. University of Arts in Belgrade and University of Novi Sad will also offer LLL courses on digital and entrepreneurial skills. Networking with primary and secondary schools is one of the main impacts of this WP.
Main goal of this work package is to ensure the efficiency and quality of all areas in the project. Assessment tools will be developed to monitoring and evaluate the project in the terms of processes and outputs.
Two levels of assessment will be conducted:
- internal quality control and
- external quality control.
Internal quality control
Quality Assurance Group (QAG) will be formed at the beginning of the project. Quality Assurance Group will develop the Project Quality Action Plan (PQAP), designed to provide specific points of reference on the quality that will be governed during the project lifetime, and a quality checklist.
In order to guarantee the independence and objectivity of the evaluation process, an external evaluator will be appointed by Association Européenne des Conservatoires under the approval of the Quality Assurance Group in the first and second month of the project implementation. The role of the external evaluator will be to assess the overall project performance; the management efficiency and the relevance of the activities organized and the final outputs produced within the framework of the project.
Quality control process will also be realized outside the formal scope of WP6: through internal assessment of national Higher education institutions (WP1), monitoring and revisions of strategic and policy documents (WP2), written reviews of textbooks and teaching manuals (WP3), on Project Management Board meetings (WP8), etc.
6.1 Quality Assurance Group (QAG)
Members for the Quality Assurance Group will be delegated at the beginning of the project from the University of Arts in Belgrade, University of Novi Sad, University of Kragujevac, Royal Conservatoire the Hague and Association Européene des Conservatoires . QAG will have three annual meetings at The University of Arts in Belgrade, University of Novi Sad and University of Kragujevac.
6.2 Project Quality Assurance Plan (PQAP)
Members for the Quality Assurance Group will create and write the Project Quality Assurance Plan.
The plan will include specific qualitative and quantitative measurements and parameters to be applied to the monitoring process either prior, during or after the project activities.
Quality Questionnaires will be defined and agreed between all participants, and report models will be established.
All project partners are aware of the project call regulations and responsibilities and all the project risks have been tackled during the project application preparation process as well as within the Partnership Agreements.
6.3 Internal Quality Procedures
Quality Assurance Group will develop internal questionnaires, surveys, evaluations that will be conducted after each activity listed in the Logical Framework Matrix (LFM) of the project. Annual review of the Quality Assurance Group, providing overview of the entire yearly monitoring carried for the various aspects of the project will be presented at each project management board meeting.
The Quality Assurance Group will communicate with external evaluator, and provide all the necessary reports for the external evaluations.
Well established informal communication amongst partners will be used as well.
6.4 External Quality Procedures
External evaluator will assess the overall project performance; the management efficiency and the relevance of the activities organized and the final outputs produced within the framework of the project. The expert will be regularly briefed about the progress of the project, receiving all relevant material for a thorough evaluation, from work packages reports to activities planning. In addition, the evaluator will attend at least one project activity per year to witness the project implementation and to hold interviews with participants. Based on these materials and visits, the evaluator will produce two reports: and interim and a final project evaluation report.
P9 will develop a template including a list of criteria for the evaluation of ERASMUS+ projects, which will combine elements from the MusiQuE (Music Quality Enhancement) Standards for Institutional Review, Programme Review and Joint Programme Review and from the ERASMUS+ Guide for Experts on Quality Assessment.
Activities address specific objective C. Under this work package will be realized on two levels:
- national level, with internal dissemination and exploitation and
- external context, intended towards exploitation of the project outcomes among external stakeholders.
The main focus of the DEMUSIS dissemination plan is to ensure that the project’s outputs and results are widely disseminated to the appropriate target communities, at appropriate times along the project lifetime and via appropriate methods.
Due to specific nature of the project theme, dissemination and exploitation actions will be taking place throughout the project and outside the formal scope of WP7. For example, the dissemination process will include music/artistic performances by teachers and students, whether as part of the curricular or extracurricular activities (WP 3 and WP 4).
The exploitation of project results will target music business, IT industry, media and general public. More precisely, following groups/sectors:
- film industry,
- marketing industry (music for commercials),
- event management,
- digital environment (video-games, background music for websites, etc.)
- concert agencies,
- marginalized groups, etc.
7.1 The dissemination and exploitation plan developed
The project dissemination and exploitation plan address both regional and external dissemination channels. It will take into consideration dissemination capacities of the different project partners, that will be fully exploited.
The project plan will envisage high-impact dissemination actions through efficient and effective communication methods. The direct communication actions will foresee direct mailing, direct distribution to stakeholders of communication material and direct presentations of the project results to target groups. Indirect methods of communication will attract attention and stimulate the target audience to seek more information on their own initiative, such as a project web portal, audio/video recordings, media articles, etc.
7.2 Project web site set up, social media engaged
Well designed and user-oriented website will be created by University of Novi Sad. This will be one of the main dissemination tools for all beneficiaries. The project website will contain video repository designed to provide video/audio clips from various events and certain live streaming content.
Besides, it will be base for internal communication of project participants. Activities related: planning of the website, formulation of the content and design. Website will be launched in the third month of the project. It will be updated regularly.
Social media channels will be used in order to increase the project visibility and implement an effective dissemination strategy, DEMUSIS accounts will be created on the world’s most famous social networks (i.e. LinkedIn and Facebook) and Youtube.
7.3 Academic and financial sustainability plan created
Academic and financial sustainability plan will be developed and created to ensure sustainability of financial and administrative project aspects and in order to maintain the main project tangible outputs (master and modernized programmes and trainings) and intangible outputs (gained knowledge, experience and skills by students, teaching staff and participants, digital empowerment of musicians) after the end of the DEMUSIS project funding.
7.4 Promotional material prepared
Preparation of promotional material (leaflets, posters, conference materials, curricula/LLL courses brochures, etc.) will be undertaken at every partner institution, in line with their role in the project.
Several short project dissemination videos will be produced by Association Européene des Conservatoires. This format will allow the dissemination of the project through different online media channels (YouTube/vimeo) and social media.
7.5 Promotional activities held
Contacts with media representatives (newspaper, radio, TV, online media) - media coverage of the project.
Info days for future students will be organized and held annually, delivered by students and teachers/institution representatives.
External promotional activities
Project results will be presented at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre dissemination platforms that reach the professional music training sector through its Europe-wide active membership and international associate membership (during Association Européene des Conservatoires events including annual congress (250-300 participants), international relations coordinators meeting and other annual events).
Internal project presentations at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and Academy of Arts in Novi Sad
7.6 Student projects made public
Through the project activities in WP4 (4.3) students will be encouraged to create small-scale music projects relevant for marginalized groups and more rightful civil society (as apps for visually impaired musicians, music-related online communities for older citizens, intercultural music dialogue with migrants, digitalization, sound cloud). The most successful ideas of music students and graduates will be selected for public presentation via traditional or digital channels.
Students will be engaged in building a digital databases and archives of music production and cultural heritage
7.7 Public debate in Novi Sad, European capital of Culture 2021.
Public debate, planned for 02/10/2021, will be devoted to music relevance for civil society and channels for broader social participation in arts/music. Digital coverage of different means of interaction through music will be explored. Representatives from academia, culture, media, governmental and non-governmental organizations will participate. Student project specifically chosen for their social and cultural relevance will be publicly presented.
Novi Sad was chosen as a event host being European capital of Culture in 2021 thus being especially relevant for discussions on social and cultural relevance of music.
7.7 is one of the project’s major milestones for dissemination.
The coordinator, with the proven experience as coordinator of TEMPUS – InMusWB, will be responsible for the overall functioning of the project.
The project management will be ensured by the Project Management Board (PMB) and the Project Management Plan (PMP) establishment.
Project Management Board will meet annually in order to review the project progress and its performance, quality control and to make the necessary decisions to make the project running. Besides, it will ensure the proper budget implementation. Decision-making rules and the conflict resolution strategy will be determined at the kick-off meeting, and partnership agreements will be signed at the kick-off. The communication between Project Management Board meetings will be carried out by e-mail, electronic resources (web-site), telephone, social media, viber etc. Board meetings will be held in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kragujevac.
Financial monitoring will be defined by the PMP.
All relevant management bodies and schedule of management activities will be verified at the kick-off meeting.
Meeting agenda will include: meeting & project objectives, project approach, deliverables, roles and responsibilities, communication plan, risks, timeline as well as other matters important for functioning of the DEMUSIS project.
Partnership agreement will be signed between the coordinator and all project partners.
8.2. Project Management Board (PMB) established
Project Management Board will be verified at the kick off meeting and the members of the board will be representatives of each partner institution.
After the kick off meeting, contact persons will have the task to delegate one member of their institution as the representative in Project Management Board. Project Management Board will be the main decision-making body, whose responsibilities will be the annual meetings to review and monitor the project progress, offer recommendations upon regular reporting, and solve any conflict between the partners on a democratic basis.
8.3. Project Management Plan Defined
Project Management Board will, at their first meeting define the Project Management Plan (PMP) which will be delivered to all project partner institutions. Project Management Plan will be the formal document designed to guide the control and execution of a project. Project Management Plan will include the work plan, schedule and milestones, contingency plan, tasks and responsibilities, communication plan and EU guidelines for the use of the grant.
8.4. Day-to-day coordination activities realized
All aspect of the project management (as defined in WP 8 description) will be realized on daily basis. This will include and formal (through regular reports, etc.) and informal communication, collection of documentation and documentation reviews, dealing with technical and financial reporting, facilitation of meetings, process improvements, reducing the conflict if they arise, etc.