New master study program Applied Research in Music ready for national accreditation

Applied Research in Music, one of the two new master study programs developed at the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade (P1) in the scope of the DEMUSIS project, was adopted by relevant institutional bodies and the University of Arts Senate in April and is ready for submission to the National Entity for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education in July 2020.  

Applied Research in Music is innovative new master study program in music aiming at enabling music students to understand substantial relations between music sciences, digital technologies, entrepreneurship and social engagement in the field of music, and to empower them to continually creatively develop those links on theoretical and practical level in the digitally transformed society. The study program outcomes will therefore enable the students to integrate acquired knowledge and research innovativeness, offering insight into the possibilities of its practical application, and emphasize the relevance of continual study and professional enhancement and creative approach to applied research in music at high professional level. Moreover, the outcomes include successful identification of specific target group with development of productive dialogue with audiences using both traditional and digital channels of communication, while employing contemporary technologies and knowledge in the field of applied marketing. Additionally, students will learn to put the knowledge and skills of digital music formats to practice in theoretical and practical music research and to integrate them professionally and ethically with the market approach. 

Entry prerequisites include completed bachelor studies in the field of music (composition, music performance, and music research). 

The submission of the application for national accreditation of Applied Research in Music master study program will be final part of WP1 Preparation and Analysis, with the outcome WP 1.5 New study programs designed and accredited.

Applied Research in Music Study program structure

Music Direction, new master study program at the University of Arts in Belgrade, submitted for accreditation

Application for accreditation of new master study program Music Direction at the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade (P1) is submitted to the National Entity for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education, following adoption by relevant institutional bodies and University of Arts in Belgrade Senate on January 30th 2020.

Music Direction master program, one of the two new master programs being introduced at P1 through the DEMUSIS project, aims at shaping music professionals skilled in diverse creative processes in music direction. The learning outcomes cover development of practical skills (such as using contemporary technologies in music recording, production, editing and direction), theoretical knowledge (such as understanding of music repertoire and material, musical styles and performance), as well as general competencies (such as development of psychological understanding, critical thinking and communication skills).

Entry prerequisites include completed bachelor music studies in music performance or music research.
The submission of the application for accreditation of Music Direction master study program is final part of WP1 Preparation and Analysis, with the outcome WP 1.5 New study programs designed and accredited.

Teacher training study visit to Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre cancelled due to COVID-19

Teacher training study visit to Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA) in Vilnius planned for 15-21 March 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak right before the cancellation of the process of studies at LMTA effective from March 12, and the declaration of the State of Emergency in Serbia of March 15.

Teachers from Serbian academic partner institutions – namely, 6 teachers from the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade (P1), 3 teachers from the Academy of Arts of the University of Novi Sad (P2) and 3 teachers from the Faculty of Philology and Arts of the University of Kragujevac (P3), were planned to take part in training in the field of implementation of diverse digital and entrepreneurial approaches to music, such as digital methods of music research and teaching, innovative practices of music direction, distance and e-learning, music entrepreneurship and management and working with LoLa equipment. Study visit to Lithuanian academic partner is part of WP3 – Staff training and development of teaching.

The new date of the teacher training study visit to Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre is yet unknown and subject to further national (Serbian and Lithuanian) and EU decisions, measures and regulations regarding COVID-19 health crisis.

LMTA teacher training

Project Quality Assurance Plan updated and Quality Monitoring Reports submitted

Quality Assurance Group has updated the Project Quality Assurance Plan, adopted it and made public at in March 2020. The Plan was updated to include details on internal evaluation responsibilities and internal quality procedure documents.

Internal evaluation responsibilities are established by parallel monitoring of all aspects of project realization in regard to project management, deliverables and impact. The Plan additionally covers the detailed procedures to be followed and steps to be taken within the internal evaluation and monitoring procedure.

Internal quality procedure documents, to be used by Work Package Chairs, Quality Assurance Group members and Project Coordinator for the purposes of internal quality control, include quality checklists, reports on deliverables, quality monitoring reports, internal quality monitoring report timetable and quality questionnaires. The aim and content of each document is offered, along with templates for all of them, set as Appendixes and Annexes to the main document of Project Quality Assurance Plan.

The updated Project Quality Assurance Plan is available bellow and within the Library/Documents section of the website.

Quality Monitoring Reports for activities and deliverables in work packages 1 (Preparation and Analysis), 2 (Upgrading of Methodology), 6 (Quality Assurance), 7 (Dissemination and Exploitation) and 8 (Project Management) were submitted and adopted. Short Quality Monitoring Reports are available bellow and within Library/Reports section of the website.

Project Quality Action Plan
Quality Assurance Annual Review
DEMUSIS QAG and Project external evaluator meeting
Annexes 1-4 and Appendix 1-4
DEMUSIS Quality Monitoring Reports

New digital laboratory installed at P1

The new digital laboratory is successfully installed and adequate digital infrastructure developed at P1’s Faculty of Music in Belgrade.
The laboratory is equipped with new computers with hardware, MIDI keyboards and music software estimated as essential for introducing new
digital and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to music study programs based on conclusions of realized study visits to EU partners, study of
needs of national HEIs and dialogue with stakeholders.

The equipment is obtained through Public procurement and Tendering procedure called by project coordinator, University of Arts in Belgrade,
and realized in July and November 2019. Two other national HEIs – Academy of Arts of the University of Novi Sad and Faculty of Philology
and Arts of the University of Kragujevac, have upgraded their tone studios and digital laboratories with procured equipment.
The purchase and installation of new equipment at P1-P3 successfully wraps activities 2.2-2.5 in WP2 Upgrading of methodology.

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