It’s a project that is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
MusIntegrACTION is a strategic partnership in the educational field for the sharing of best practices that has been selected by the SEPIE (Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education), which takes place between September 2018 and August 2020 and is coordinated by Murcia Music Conservatory.
Our project involves carrying out a large number of activities, which are centred on four international teachers’ meetings, four international students’ meetings, as well as three transnational meetings of an organizational nature.
These meetings are held in four different locations: Lisbon (Portugal), Murcia (Spain), Trento (Italy) and Weimar (Germany).
Seven educational institutions in Germany, Spain, Italy and Portugal take part in our project. Three of them are music conservatories, three are secondary education centres, and the seventh is an integrated high school and music centre. All the participating education centres are leading cultural agents.
MusIntegrACTION is accompanied by results that are both tangible (the logo of the project selected through a competition among students, audiovisual material, exhibitions, concerts, proposals to the educational authorities...) and intangible (development of key competencies among students, new methodological approaches among teachers, changes in the centres’ institutional culture...).
MusIntegrACTION addresses three Erasmus+ priorities: the promotion of the social and educational value of European cultural heritage, the strengthening of the teaching profession profile, and the promotion of a high-quality and innovative teaching vocation. Among them, the first is the most relevant one for our association.
The MusIntegrACTION mobility activities directly benefit 70 students and 90 teachers of the participating institutions and, only taking into account the rest of workers and students of these educational centres, have an indirect impact on more than 5,000 citizens. If we add to this the number of people attending the events organized, we can see the great impact the project has.
What do the participants think about the project?
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MusIntegrACTION is an acronym made up of the words Music, Integration and Action.
We believe that it sums up the spirit of our project. As educational centres inheritors of western musical tradition, mainly European, we must strive to implement and ensure that the musical education taught in conservatories will effectively be a right of all citizens.
The secondary education and music teaching curricular integration programmes that are implemented at the educational institutions making up our strategic partnership are precisely aimed at getting the greatest number of citizens to take part in musical culture, regardless of whether they will dedicate themselves professionally to it or not. They also seek to help musical institutions achieve a more relevant role in their field, promoting social change.
The ‘MusIntegrACTION’ project is developed thanks to the joint work of seven educational institutions:
- Conservatorio de Música de Murcia, project coordinating conservatory (Murcia, Spain);
- Conservatorio di Musica ‘F. A. Bonporti’, higher education conservatory (Trento, Italy);
- Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional, integrated high school and music conservatory (Lisbon, Portugal);
- Hochschule für Musik ‘Franz Liszt’, higher education conservatory (Weimar, Germany);
- IES El Carmen, high school (Murcia, Spain);
- Liceo Musicale-Coreutico ‘F. A. Bonporti‘, high school (Trento, Italy);
- Musikgymnasium Schloss Belvedere, music high school (Weimar, Germany).
What activities related to your project were carried out during the first year of the strategic partnership?
MusIntegrACTION was created in September 2018. Since then, the association’s activity has been overwhelming.
The first meeting of the project, which was of an organizational nature, took place in Trento, Italy (5-7 November 2018). On the other hand, between 15 and 18 January 2019 the first teachers’ meeting “Different solutions for the same need: curricular integration models” was held in Weimar, Germany. It was followed by a students’ meeting in Trento (11-15 February 2019), whose theme was “The cultural heritage of the participating regions”.
The project activity during the 2018-2019 academic year course was completed with the teachers’ meeting “Curricular integration target groups: a programme for training professional musicians or music fans?”, held in Lisbon, Portugal (25-28 March 2019), and with the students’ international conference “Characteristics of my educational institution”, held in Murcia, Spain (6-10 May 2019).
Finally, the project coordinators met in Weimar (11-13 July 2019) to assess the objectives achieved in the first year of our Strategic Partnership and identify the activities that were implemented during the academic year 2019-2020.
What activities related to your project were carried out during the second and third years of the strategic partnership?
During the 2019-2020 school year, two teacher meetings were held with the topics “Institutions with music integrated curriculum educational programs: urgent needs” (Trento, 25-29 November 2019) and “Music curriculum integration as a necessary but not sufficient condition to educational success: renewal of methodological and didactic approaches in music institutions and secondary education classrooms” (Murcia, 2-6 March 2020).
In addition, in 2019-2020 a student meeting was held with the topic “Transforming the surroundings through my educational institution” (Lisbon, 3-7 February 2020). The last student meeting, in which the participants discussed about changes desired in their institutions to accommodate their learning and profesionnal needs, had to be postponed to the 2020-2021 academic year due to the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and was finally hosted online by Weimar Musikgymnasium on 17-19 May 2021.
The project concluded with various final activities (temporary exhibitions, fundraising concerts, etc.) and a final on-line transnational meeting where the coordinators carried out the final evaluation of the project as well as agreeing on the common lines of work that we will continue to develop in the future.