IncluMusic Project Meeting Highlights

The recent meeting of the IncluMusic project partners held in Brussels was marked by important updates and discussions about the project's progress. The meeting provided an opportunity for all partner organizations to come together and share their insights on various aspects of the project. In this article, we will summarize the key points discussed during the meeting, including the status of Work Package 2 (WP2), proposals for training courses, and updates on dissemination activities.

Maria from LUMSA, the leader of WP2, began the meeting by presenting the current status of this work package. WP2 aims to gather detailed information to develop a training course that empowers professionals within the music academic environment to reduce barriers, define new approaches, and create new professional roles. Maria emphasized the importance of understanding what has been accomplished so far and what remains to be done.
Additionally, the consortium discussed the possibility of publishing the outcomes of WP2 activities in academic journals or scientific publications, with Yiannis from EUC suggesting participation in the 36th International Conference of Music Education in Helsinki in July 2024.
Ioana from LUMSA presented the analysis of data collected from national focus groups conducted by all partners. The analysis focused on the years of experience of the participants, design principles, metaphors used (mirror, microscope, binocular), and feedback from the focus groups.
One notable observation from the Cyprus focus group was that the IncluMusic curriculum should prepare Special Educational Needs (SEN) students to enter the job market. This highlighted the close-knit music community in Nicosia, emphasizing the importance of empathy and connections in the music education field.
Maria from LUMSA also presented the proposal for the content of the two training courses within the project. The Design Principles proposed received approval from most partners. Regarding the structure of the training courses, Maria proposed a flexible approach, with common elements for both courses and some specific content for HMEI teachers and admin staff. Partners accepted this approach to meet the project's goals while ensuring compliance with the application form. Responsibilities for designing training materials were also assigned to various partners based on their expertise and preferences.
The IncluMusic project meeting in Brussels was productive and collaborative, with partners actively discussing project progress, training course proposals, and dissemination strategies. The meeting laid the groundwork for continued cooperation and progress towards the project's goals of enhancing inclusive music education. With these updates, the consortium is well on its way to achieving its objectives by the project's completion in 2025.