ECMA – Next Step

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ECMA Next Step is a partnership programme that will aim to develop new content for the ECMA training programme in terms of curriculum, mobility, and recognition, as well as to further develop existing chamber music expertise. A special focus will be on the pedagogical knowledge and skills of chamber music instructors in the interest of strengthening chamber music's position in regular training programmes. It will also establish a new organizational structure for ECMA in the form of a Joint European Master's Programme for Chamber Music, which will make ECMA a more sustainable effort within the opportunities offered by the Bologna process and the Erasmus+ programme. The programme outcomes will include a new ECMA teaching and learning manual on chamber music, the aforementioned master's programme, and a project evaluation.

One of the main goals of this three-year strategic programme is to ensure the utmost quality of chamber music training and proactively meet the challenges and opportunities that the increasing demand for chamber music entails. This strategic programme thus aims to modernize higher education in the classical music field by strengthening its chamber music component.


  • Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, Vienna
  • Norges musikkhøgskole, Oslo
  • Koninklijk Conservatorium, The Hague
  • Lietuvos Muzikos ir Teatro Akademija, Vilnius
  • Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
  • Fondazione Scuola di Musica di Fiesole Onlus, Fiesole
  • Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, Paris
  • Grafenegg Kulturbetriebsgesellschaft mbH
  • Association Festival Pablo Casals
  • Association Europeenne des Conservatoires, Academies de Musique et Musikhochschulen

Upcoming Events

ECMA Next Step has several upcoming events:

5-9 March 2018 - Manchester

Intensive Programme, ECMA Session

Meeting in Working Group for Teaching and Learning (6-7 March)

9-10 April 2018 - Oslo

Meeting in Working Group for Joint European Master

18-19 May 2018 - Fiesole

Meeting in Working Group for Teaching and Learning

June 2018 - Oslo (date to be decided)

Steering Group Meeting

15-22 July 2018 - Fiesole

Intensive Programme, ECMA Session