Entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students Music – Here and Now to be held in May

Students and teachers from 3 national academic partner institutions – The Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade (P1), Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad (P2) and the Faculty of Philology and Arts, University of Kragujevac (P3), will gather with teachers from the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (P4), to explore new playgrounds for their music projects for the first time in Serbia, within a blended music entrepreneurial bootcamp starting from May 10th.

The entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students Music – Here and Now was prepared in the online teacher training held from 19th to 23rd of April 2021.
Calls for students for participation in the bootcamp Music – Here and Now will be opened in the following days at each individual national academic institution, with students of all new and modernized bachelor and master study programs invited to apply.
All students will get together online with Serbian and Dutch teachers for the first two days of the bootcamp and the final feedback and evaluation sessions. In between, students will visit and choose the playground for their projects, develop and prepare them in a live environment. Rehearsals and show time will also be played live, while the project outcomes as documented in video clips made by students will be shared among all institutions participating in the bootcamp.

The entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students is an intensive period of artistic development and professional integration. In it, students will learn to apply their creativity and artistic practice in a new environment, to develop their collaborative and communicative skills and rethink their role and position as musicians in society. By thinking out, implementing and publicly presenting their projects in social contexts outside the walls of their educational institutions, students will explore different aspects of their artistic identity, making the music, and themselves as musicians, more visible and engaged in society. Through meeting new audiences and new people, learning their stories and being inspired by them in their own projects, the students will be able to make the difference and create new values. Also, for the first time during their studies, music students will learn to think in categories of products, short-term and long-term goals, and discover the whole gamut of different kinds of values to be made.

This kind of innovative pedagogical approach to learning and exploring the role and position of music and musicians in our contemporary society is implemented with the bootcamp Music – Here and Now, for the first time into the curriculum in higher music education in Serbia.

The entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students in Serbia is part of the project activity 4.3 – Implementation of new and modernized study programs and teaching visits from EU partner institutions, as well as the activity 7.5 with show time in chosen playgrounds also being the public presentation of student projects.

Entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students in Serbia "Music - Here and Now" – Draft agenda

DEMUSIS Project Technical Implementation Report assessed positively and approved

The Technical Implementation Report on the DEMUSIS project progress, submitted on 31 August 2020, was assessed positively and approved by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission on 4 February 2021. The assessment looks at the partnership's performance as regards the efficient implementation of the project.

In Comments and Recommendations on the Project Implementation Report it is stated that the project's objectives remain “pertinent to needs, problems and issues of higher education in Serbia as well as the intended target groups and beneficiaries.” It is also recognized that most of the project activities are implemented in line with the workplan, while the adjustments made in the various activities are “an indicator of a high sense of adaptability with the aim of maximizing the impact of the project.” Furthermore, it is noted that the majority of the expected results at the project midterm has been delivered, with even a number of activities and results exceeding the initial expectations, among which are: the introduction of 3 new master programs, instead of 1 originally planned; questionnaires for students and professors at all national academic institutions, in order to gather data about participants' attitudes toward digital technologies, music entrepreneurship and cultural awareness of musicians in curricula; and the organization of an entrepreneurial boot camp for students and teachers in Serbia.

Regarding the quality of the project team and its cooperation, it is highlighted that DEMUSIS project “rests upon a pertinent partnership that enables a proper transfer of knowledge from EU partners to Western Balkans HEIs”. The distribution of tasks and responsibilities are recognized as strengthening the quality of the project team and the project. The management structure devised and the working methodologies chosen are marked as well-structured and appropriate.

The resilience of the project partnership in adapting to new situations and external constraints is particularly praised. It is concluded that the partnership’s timely reactions to the challenges and coming up with feasible solution, along with commitment and dedication, play crucial role in the success of DEMUSIS project.

New Master Study Program Applied Research in Music launched at P1

The new master study program Applied Research in Music, pertaining to the field of humanities – study of music, starts at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade (P1) in the fall semester 2020/21.

It is the second new master academic study program developed at this Serbian HMEI within DEMUSIS project in 2019/20 and accredited by the National Entity for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education in 2020.  Previously, the study of needs was adopted by the Faculty of Music Academic Council on 04/12/19, study program approved by Academic Council on 04/02/20, adopted by University Senate on 23/04/20 and submitted for accreditation to the National Entity for Accreditation on 17/07/20.

The academic EU partner institutions – The Royal Conservatoire the Hague (P4), The New Bulgarian University (P5) and Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (P6) – were strongly involved in development of the study program, with non-academic partners P7-P9 actively participating in defining student competencies and learning outcomes from stakeholder’s perspective.

The call for student applications was open on 26-27 October, entrance exam scheduled for 30 October 2020, with the studies starting in November 2020 after student enrollment.

The main objective of Applied Research in Music study program is to educate students of an innovative profile, in accordance with dynamic changes in 21st century in the field of music. The study program is conceived in a way to ensure acquirement of knowledge, competencies and skills essential for students’ inclusion in contemporary creative industries, working in both public or private, commercial or non-profit sector. Graduated students will therefore build an awareness of the importance of balance between academic research and business and commercial sector’s needs. Shaping students into music researchers of high professional level will make them competent for independent work in various kinds of applied music research, contributing in that way to arts, creative industry and culture. The study program therefore integrates application of knowledge, approaches and methods of music research from the perspective of new technologies, entrepreneurship and engaging the audience in wider social context.

The aim of the study program is to qualify students to understand and get insight into the new phenomena related to the role of music in contemporary society. Applied Research in Music study program aims to enable students to adopt and apply the most cutting-edge knowledge of entrepreneurial approach to music, socially engaged artistic/music practices and greater and more complex possibility of digital technologies, facilitate consequently better and easier realization of professional objectives by launching and marketing new ideas. Through their professional engagement, graduated students will be better connected with the community, promoting values of music and its relevance for better overall development. In that manner, students will be able to realize relevant tasks and individual projects with a mission to integrate into the society, support the diversity and increase an awareness of the importance of music in the cultural heritage. Furthermore, students will develop creative capacities for team work and independent professional work and growth.

The master academic study program Applied Research in Music objectives are completely in line with declared aims and objectives of the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, formed additionally in compliance with new music market demands for professionals of specific profile, positioned in various institutions within public, civil and business sector, in the field of creative industries, culture and media. Moreover, graduated students will be prepared for the new type of “portfolio” careers and new vocations, the number of which, according to experts, will greatly increase in the near future, particularly in the view of digital technologies development.

Learning outcomes are directed to students’ ability to competently recognize and apply:

  • Value (economic/social/cultural) potential of music;
  • Importance and potential of digital technologies relevant for music;
  • Acquired knowledge and skills in thinking out, planning and realizing sustainable projects in the field of applied research in music in various context – in public, civil and business sector.

Study program outcomes include successful identification of specific target groups and building a quality and multi-level relationship with audience, using traditional or digital channels of communication, applying contemporary technologies and knowledge gained in the field of applied marketing. Students will therefore be able to put to practice skills and knowledge in the field of digital music formats in theoretical and practical music research, and to integrate it ethically and professionally into the market approach. Integration of music knowledge and its skillful implementation will be recognized in contemporary creative industry sector, strategically identified in Serbia as an important economical, innovative and scientific potential within Smart Specialization Strategy in Serbia (4S), as well as in the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process coordinated by the Ministry of education, science and technological development of the Republic of Serbia. As a result, students will, upon graduation, have a developed awareness on the importance of balance between academic research and commercial sector needs.

Based on results of entrance exam and ranking, up to 10 students can enroll to the Applied Research in Music master academic study program. Entry prerequisites include completed bachelor studies in composition/music performance/music sciences, with at least 240 ECTS obtained.

It is a one-year (two semesters) study program of 60 ECTS in total. In accordance with European tradition of studies in the field of theory of arts, about the two-quarters of ECTS come from the vocational subjects, key for the entrepreneurial approach to music and application of various digital tools in the field of music research. The electivity is elicited by the free choice of the topic for master thesis, enabling gradual development of students’ potentials, capabilities and creativity, contributing in that manner to the expansion of knowledge, innovation and processes focused on new cultural, social and economic values.

Upon completion of the studies, students acquire:

a) general competencies, including

-  the ability of innovative and (self-)critical thinking in the field of applied research in music;
- the capability to put the acquired knowledge to practice by implementation and public presentation of their professional, research and interdisciplinary projects;
- communication, presentation and organizational skills along with management, team work and capacity for cooperation in both close social and international environment;
- creative approach, flexibility and adaptability to new and variable work environment;
- professional ethics, respect for diversity and social responsibility.

b) subject specific competencies, including

- analysis and synthesis of knowledge applied in the field of music, essential for professional work in contemporary environment and creative industries;
- critical analysis of changes in the chain of music creation, distribution and reception, resulting from the digital and social transformations in 21st century, along with understanding of music industry transformations;
- knowledge of modern technology, entrepreneurship and potentials of music in society;
- application of knowledge of digitization and cataloguing of traditional music and music heritage;
-  implementation of knowledge of music potential in contemporary participatory culture;
- application of acquired music and scientific knowledge of music technology, music market and new channels of communication with audiences;
- work in cultural institutions, organizations and mass media, online work, as well as engagement in innovative projects in the field of applied research in music in various environments.

Study program structure can be found here

More on the study program, with detailed curriculum and list of electives can be found here (in Serbian)

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Master academic studies at P2 and P3 updated

The Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad (P2) and the Faculty of Philology and Arts, University of Kragujevac (P3) had updated master academic studies with new elective courses introducing digital and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge, developed and adopted within the framework of DEMUSIS project.

The master academic study program in Music Performance at the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac therefore now includes a new elective Psychology of Communication (one semester, 4 ECTS), which study outcomes include the ability to understand the importance of communication to reaching aims and objectives of an organization, as well as functioning of an individual in a business environment, mastering the basic skills of understanding and control of various factors in interpersonal communication, along with competence for further individual reading and expanding the knowledge in the field of communicology.

In addition, the master study programs Music and Media, Music Pedagogy, Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad have been upgraded with elective course Methods of music education in digital environment – MEDIG (one semester, 6 ECTS), belonging to the field of methodical and didactic courses and introducing a wide variety of digital tools and approaches valuable and effective in music education of 21st century.

LLL Courses accreditation postponed to October 2021

The Call for accreditation of Programs for professional enhancement of teachers, youth counsellors and experts, issued by National Institute for the Promotion of Education, is postponed to October 2021, instead of October 2020. This decision is made in accordance with the suggested new Strategy for development of education, upbringing and science until 2030, the Five-Year Action Plan and with Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development memo no. 153-01-00008/2020-07.

The accreditation of LLL (life-long learning) courses in the areas of music entrepreneurship, music in digital environment and social engagement of musicians by National Institute for the Promotion of Education is one of WP5 (LLL courses) milestones.

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