Educating the Next Generation of Orchestra Players Erasmus Project

General information for the Educating the Next Generation of Orchestra Players Erasmus Project

Educating the Next Generation of Orchestra Players Erasmus Project
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Project Title

Educating the Next Generation of Orchestra Players

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for Schools Only

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2017

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: Key Competences (incl. mathematics and literacy) – basic skills; New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses; International cooperation, international relations, development cooperation

Project Summary

The ENGOP (Educating The Next Generation of Orchestra Players) project was a strategic partnership for cooperation and the exchange of good practices that linked “Sigismund Toduta” Music College from Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Nõmme Music School from Tallinn, Estonia. Both were the largest organizations of the kind in their countries, shared common values, interests and needs but used different methods in order to achieve excellence in the music field.By harnessing the experience gathered by both partner schools, we aimed to provide the best possible specialized tuition for our pupils. Our goal was the achievement of relevant high quality skills and competences by our pupils in order to facilitate the entrance to the labour market and the acquisition of new methods of work for teachers and know how exchange. Our data showed that many of our graduates were to become orchestra players. This meant that one of our top priorities was the transfer of relevant high quality skills and competences needed for the job.Our objectives were: O1 – Promoting the international dimension of relevant activities of both partner organizationsO2 – Exchanging of good practices, different approaches regarding the work methods involved in working with the orchestra, involving earners and staff in different types of learning activities with the purpose of enhancing the quality of pupil and staff workO3 – Improving the key competences: easy adapting to different leaders, the ability to work in a team, reliability and flexibility and good communication and interpersonal skillsO4 – Improving competences specific to orchestra playing: develop tone matching to members of the section and the entire orchestra, improve the reaction time to the conductor in terms of tempo, dynamics, articulation, tonal blend, bowing and fingering, the ability to adapt to different conductors, the ability to play with technical assurance at a consistently high level and understanding and using the specific music terminology in EnglishO5 – Promoting interculturality by discovering Estonian/ Romanian composers and their orchestral pieces, working with an Estonian / Romanian conductor on this repertoire, understanding the specific aspects of music interpretation and style.The target group for this project were pupils aged 14-19 that played one of the instruments of a symphonic orchestra and were enrolled at the “Sigismund Toduta” Music College and Nõmme Music School. The cooperation involved short term exchanges of groups of pupils: 25 pupils from “Sigismund Toduta” Music College went to Tallinn for 8 days and 25 pupils from Nõmme Music School came to Cluj for 8 days. Together they acted as an orchestra. The purpose of the mobility was to simulate the working environment of professional symphonic orchestras: international composition, professional terminology, methods of rehearsing a score, a limited time for rehearsals, duration of rehearsals and the public concerts following the rehearsals. At the same time the project put the pupils in the situation of interacting with international colleagues of similar age and interests but with different social / artistic background and other musical training assets. The time abroad was used for: talks, lectures, intercultural workshops, solo masterclasses, team building activities, section rehearsals and orchestra (tutti) rehearsals.Our joint efforts resulted in two public concerts in Estonia (Tartu 25.11. 2018 and Tallinn 26.11. 2018) and two in Romania (Cluj-Napoca 16.05. 2019 and Oradea 17.05. 2019) where all training and learning activities were put to the test.Following the training sessions and concerts, the two partner organizations saw improvement of specific skills related to orchestra playing: better understanding of the English language in general and specific music terminology in particular, a more professional attitude of our pupils towards orchestra playing and increased management capacity to work in an international environment. They realized the importance of interpersonal skills when working with international colleagues.We decided to implement a new dissemination strategy – live streaming of our activities and events, in this way, thousands of young musicians from Romania and Estonia were able to virtually follow us. We exceeded our targets in therms of views of our rehearsals and concerts online. We reached over 17.000 views.According with the European priorities in the national context, the project was relevant for the horizontal priority: achievement of relevant and high quality skills and competences, also addressed the promotion of social and intercultural competences, critical thinking, respectively the improvement of learning performances of different background individuals. The specific priority of this strategic partnership was: promoting the acquisition of skills and competences, using innovative methods of learning/teaching/training in intercultural context.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 68800 Eur

Project Coordinator

Colegiul de Muzica Sigismund Toduta & Country: RO

Project Partners

  • Nõmme Muusikakool