P1-P4 Distance music performance using LoLa equipment held on April 13, 2021

The first live jazz session of students and teachers of the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade (P1) and the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (P4), was realized on April 13, 2021 using LoLa (Low-latency) equipment for distance music performance.

Teachers and students of Jazz and Popular music Department, Faculty of Music in Belgrade Bojan Cvetković (jazz piano), Stefan Stehlik (jazz guitar) and Luka Ignjatović (saxophone) were joined by their colleagues from Jazz department of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague Ramy Dielemans (double bass) and Borut Rampih (drums) in one-hour jazz session.

The session was proceeded by a jazz drums master class with participation of student from Belgrade Aleksa Milijanović and jazz drums teacher Felix Schlarmann from The Hague.

LoLa jazz session and master class were recorded, directed, edited and produced by students of the new master study program Music direction, under the mentorship of their teachers.

Composition “In Five” by Stefan Stehlik, MA student of jazz guitar, as performed at LoLa P1-P4 session is available at DEMUSIS project YouTube channel.

Joint music performances by students and teachers of Serbian and EU academic partner institutions, using LoLa system for distance music performance are part of the project activity 4.3, with an aim to enhance digital competencies and skills, along with creative and artistic experience.

Online teacher training for the preparation of the entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students in Serbia to be held from 19–23 April 2021

The call for application for teachers of national academic partner institutions for participation in the online teacher training led by the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (P4) was closed on Thursday April 15th, 2021. Overall, 18 teachers from national higher music education institutions in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kragujevac (P1–P3) applied to be trained for the role of coaches in entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students Music – here and now to be held in Serbia in May 2021 as part of the project activity 4.3. The five-day online teacher training will be held from 19th to 23rd of April 2021.

The teacher training will be led by Renee Jonker, Head of the master study program New Audiences and Innovative Practice (NAIP) at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (The Netherlands) and member of the AEC-SMS Working Group 3: Entrepreneurial mindset for musician. The course is based on principles that were developed in successful AEC Renew Project (2016–2019).

Detailed agenda of the teacher training is available here.

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Teachers and staff trained for distance learning

In the framework of project activity 3.2 of the work package 3 Staff training and development of teaching resources, 29 teachers and staff members of the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade (P1) were trained for the use of the distance learning platform. Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in Serbia, the three-day training was held online, on the eLearning platform for distance learning, from 14th to 18th of December 2020. The trainees were comprised of head of departments, teachers and members of non-teaching staff from various Faculty’s services. After the general part of the training, further advanced individual consultations or work in smaller groups on specific problems in music distance teaching and learning was offered, to be held by the end of December 2020. The training was led by the Head of the University of Belgrade Computer Centre prof. dr Slavko Gajin.

Topics covered by the training included an introduction to the eLearning portal, how to set up a teacher’s account, how to set and publish an online course, how to add various types of course activities (audio, video and other files, tests), how to enable students to take part in an online course, to upload their work, and many others. In addition, the teachers who previously used the distance learning platform were invited to share their experience and practice with their colleagues.

The Faculty of Music in Belgrade is currently offering the highest number of online courses of all four faculties constituting the University of Arts in Belgrade (P1). In the fall semester of academic year 2020/21, 31 online courses were active on the eLearning platform for distance learning, with more than 610 students participating, whereas the number of students per course varied from 1 to 120, depending on the type of the course.

The open-source Moodle based platform eLearning was developed by the University of Belgrade Computer Centre, and offered to the University of Arts in Belgrade for use in Spring 2020 as part of the project activity 2.6. Its content and possibilities were adapted to answer the specific needs of musicians – teachers and students of the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade (following the adaptation and putting to use similar distance learning platforms developed at other two national academic partner institutions – the University of Novi Sad and University of Kragujevac). Similar training was previously conducted in February 2020 at the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad with 40 teachers and members of staff attending.

Teacher training for the entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students in Serbia “Music – here and now” – Spring 2021

The teacher training by the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (P4) for the entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students will be realized on April 19–23 2021, in an online format. It is the final part of project activity 3.1 – Teacher training for curricular changes and LLL courses, following previous online teacher trainings in December 2020 by Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (P6) on 2–21 December and the New Bulgarian University (P5) on 21–22 December 2020.

At least 12 teachers from national higher music education institutions in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kragujevac (P1–P3) will be trained for the role of coaches in entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students “Music – here and now” to be held in Serbia in May 2021 as part of the project activity 4.3.

Within the 5 days of training, teachers from Serbia and Netherlands will discuss the role of music and professional musicians in society, and challenges of the music profession today, issues of ethics, boundaries, inclusion, sustainability, reciprocity and many others. Furthermore, the focus will be on exploring the various aspects of the entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students – its design and values, connotations, the pedagogical principles behind it, the objectives and learning outcomes of such a specific educational tool, the coaching principles, feedback and assessment and other related issues.

The teacher training will be led by Renee Jonker, Head of the master study program New Audiences and Innovative Practice (NAIP) at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (The Netherlands) and member of the AEC-SMS Working Group 3: Entrepreneurial mindset for musician. The course is based on principles that were developed in successful AEC Renew Project (2016–2019).

The outline of the teacher training and entrepreneurial bootcamp for music students, their dates and formats, partners’ roles, objectives and outcomes were defined in online partner meetings on March 5th and 24th (P1-P4) and March 9th 2021 (P1-P3).

The call for application for teachers at national higher music education institutions is currently open.

Teacher training at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre realized online оn 2–18 December 2020

Teacher training for curricular changes and LLL courses at national academic partner institutions (P1–P3) was realized in an online format from 2nd to 18th of December 2020, by teachers from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (P6). During the two-week training, 27 teachers from the Serbian HMEIs were trained – 13 from the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade (P1), 8 from the Academy of Arts, University in Novi Sad (P2) and 8 from the Faculty of Philology and Arts, University of Kragujevac (P3). The training, led by six teachers from Lithuanian partner institution (Mantautas Krukauskas, Roberto Beccera, Vytenis Gadliauskas, Jonas Jurkūnas, Lina Navickaitė–Martinelli and Andrius Juškys), covered topics related to main project thematic fields: digital competencies and distance learning, music entrepreneurship and social engagement of academic musicians.

Initially, the teacher training was planned for March 2020, as a study visit of 12 teachers from Serbia to Vilnius, and cancelled in the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, in the view of ongoing travel restrictions and measures of social distancing, the teacher training was organized and realized in an online format.

Each topic presented by LMTA teachers was followed by Q&A discussion session. The following two weeks after these central presentations and discussions were reserved for individual or consultations in small groups and specific training, as well as follow-up actions. New circumstances imposed by COVID-19 epidemic restrictions, brought some topics related to digital competencies and knowledge to the forefront, particularly those related to distance teaching and learning.

The first two days of training (2-3 December 2020) were focused on the digital competencies and knowledge in music teaching and learning, with a special attention given to the distance learning and teaching methods, advantages and challenges. Thus, Mantautas Krukauskas presented the fundamentals of distance and blended learning methodology, while Roberto Becerra offered an overview of Moodle features and possibilities for music distance learning. Some particular aspects of Moodle-based online distance learning platforms were discussed such as how to import and upload various types of lecture content and activities for students, how to embed video conferencing or possibilities of course evaluation.

On the following day Vytenis Gadliauskas and Mantautas Krukauskas discussed characteristics and possibilities of video conferencing in music distance learning, which was in preparation of the teacher training recognized as a hot topic in current pandemic circumstances and shift to distance teaching and learning. This session also included a LoLa (Low Latency Audio Visual Streaming System) demo teaching session between the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (P1) and Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, with participation of harp teacher Joana Daunytė from Vilnius and student Jana Čubrilović from Belgrade.

Discussions on digital competencies music field were rounded in the final session of the day led by Jonas Jurkūnas.

Social engagement of academic musicians was the topic of the roundtable “Music in society” moderated by Lina Navickaitė – Martinelli on December 4th, 2020. Teachers from Lithuania and Serbia discussed and shared experiences on various ideas for raising awareness of music in society.

The last day of the central part of the teacher training was dedicated to entrepreneurship and music. Andrius Juškys, Associate Professor in the Art Management Department, talked about entrepreneurship in music, discussed the challenges of introducing entrepreneurial topics in music higher education and curriculum

Online Teacher Training at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre Agenda available here.

Fundamentals of distance and blended learning methodology - Mantautas Krukauskas, 02.12.2020

 

Overview of Moodle features and possibilities for music distance learning - Roberto Becerra, 02.12.2020

 

Video conferencing in music distance learning -Vytenis Gadliauskas, Mantautas Krukauskas, 03.12.2020

 

Digital competencies in music field- Rytis Ambrazevičius, Jonas Jurkūnas, Raminta Naujanytė, 03.12.2020

 

Discussion music in the society. Moderated by Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli, 04.12.2020

 

Entrepreneurship and music - Andrius Juškys, 18.12.2020

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