IncluMusic – An Overview by the ANMGD team at the International Music Therapy Symposium

27 April 2023, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The International Symposium on Music Therapy, held within the International Conference "Art and Education", organized by the National Academy of Music "Gheorghe Dima" Cluj-Napoca, Romania, between 26 April to 28 April 2023,

provided an ideal context for the introduction of the IncluMusic initiative for Increasing skills for building more inclusive conservatories by the project team of the Cluj Music Academy, formed by Assoc. Prof. PhD. habil. Oana Bălan-Budoiu – coordinator, Assoc. Prof. PhD. Diana Sârb, Scientific Researcher PhD 3rd grade Cristina Pascu and Scientific Researcher PhD 3rd grade Paula Șandor – dissemination officer.

Outlining the main objectives, the needs addressed, the implementation plan, the innovative component and the current status of the project carried out in collaboration with our partners – European University Cyprus (EUC), Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), Conservatorio di Musica "Alessandro Scarlatti" Palermo, Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta (LUMSA), and ValueDo, an Italian consultancy company specialized in educational projects – convinced the audience and the specialists in the field from Romania and abroad of the relevance of the project in the development of inclusion practices in the university music environment, as well as of the promising prospects that the IncluMusic initiative brings not only in Romania, but also in the international context.

The presentation successfully provided a starting point for the other contributions of the symposium, focusing on specific examples of music therapy application in Oradea (Romania), Spain, UK etc., supported by demonstration materials and explanations highly useful in gaining a broader and more integrative perspective on how people with special needs are supported by various musical practices.




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