The main intellectual output of the project will be an Internet based resource centre including:
- an European shared definition of community musician professional role;
- a repository of good practices and “template-projects”;
- a blended training course based on online resources complemented with face to face learning opportunities.
MUSIC AND SOCIAL INCLUSION: THE PROJECT
The Musinc partnership brings together a range of organisations from differing vocational training and adult education settings to develop a pan
European understanding of the job role ‘community musician’ and provide training materials and opportunities for professional development. The job title does not exist in some partner countries and there are no consistent
professional community music practices or quality standards across the partnership, although some of the work undertaken by all of the partners
can be described as such.
Three key ideas run through Musinc programme:
- tacking exclusion through inclusion so that people are not ‘isolated in their need’;
- developing social/group work skills alongside music skills;
- understanding of traditional music and its role in community identity
The intellectual outputs of Musinc partnership will ensure a shared understanding of the professional role i.e. description of skills, competencies, knowledge that a "community musician" must possess and an open resource centre that demonstrates and instructs best practice in the field of community music that will be applicable across and beyond the partnership. Through it we will develop a shared meaning of the work role and strengthen training paths for potential community musicians.
The partners of Musinc represent a broad sweep of the EU, encompassing east-west-north-south, so that the cross cultural comparisons can be more representative and therefore be seen to have validity beyond the life of the project.
This project has evolved through previous partnership working. Wren Music, Euridea and Brat Onest met through a Grundtvig LLP. We observed that the practice of community music in UK is more defined, and that other partners could be seen to delivering community music but not in name or within an explicit pedagogy.
We have sought other partners - Skanumaja and Szubjektív Értékek Alapítvány - with an emphasis on the practice of traditional folklore music in a community context or non-formal
education in challenging circumstances. As lead partner Wren Music will take responsibility for the methods and quality. The course
materials and content will be made by the partners together, analyzing its suitablity for each country’s situation.
Each partner organisation contribute to Musinc organizing one "Joint Staff Training Event": a meeting in which musicians from all partners share experiences and discuss around a specific theme:
- working with excluded people in a multi-cultural context;
- community choirs/ensembles;
- traditional music: dance and instrumental work;
- community musicians working with elderly people.
Each training event includes also a demonstrative performance.