The Erasmus Network for Music, Polifonia, active since 2004, is the largest higher music education project to date, involving 56 organisations in more than 25 European countries and countries outside Europe.

Angela Dominguez, project co-ordinator, explains how it was beneficial for Polifonia’s working groups to meet in person to exchange ideas, and to discuss topics in depth with experts from all over the world:

 "During the project we developed a rich collection of materials that the higher music education sector needs to constantly improve and to prepare for the future. Being able to produce these through discussions with so many experts from all over Europe and beyond has been immensely beneficial and inspirational."

 Polifonia’s aim is to promote innovation and reform in higher music education and to help higher music education institutions, by producing a variety of tools (handbooks, seminars, online portals, etc.), to constantly improve their educational offer and its relevance.

At the core of the project's work is the search for new and innovative ways for young musicians to find work and integrate their roles as musicians in wider society.

 Five working groups were put together to focus on five areas of study: Assessment and Standards; Artistic Research in Music; Quality Enhancement and Accreditation; Educating for Entrepreneurship; Recognition, Mobility and Joint Degrees.

Thanks to European funding, participants from conservatories, universities and music academies all over the world were able to strengthen their connections, become aware of each other’s work, and take inspiration from each other. The resources produced by the participants will be used by others in the sector for many years to come.




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