Next Step

The project

ECMA Next Step is a strategic partnership funded under the European Union’s
Erasmus+ programme. The project aims to develop new content for the ECMA
training programme in terms of curriculum, mobility and recognition and to
further develop existing chamber music expertise. Particular focus is given to the
pedagogical knowledge and skills of chamber music instructors with a view to
strengthening chamber music’s position on regular training programmes. One of
the main goals of this three-year strategic partnership has been to ensure the
utmost quality of chamber music training and proactively meet the challenges and
opportunities that the increasing demand for chamber music entails.

The outcome

ECMA Next Step has had two working groups made up of members from the
project partners working on two separate outcomes. One working group has
developed a Joint Master Programme in Chamber Music (ECMAster) which is
offered at all the partner higher education institutions. The other working group
has developed this manual, which contains case studies on teaching and learning
chamber music, different approaches to organising chamber music at a higher
education institution, views on assessing chamber music and involving external
evaluators, and suggested further reading on the topic.

The working group "Teaching & Learning"

The working group has consisted of the following members:

Peter Schuhmayer,
Universität für Musik und
darstellende Kunst Wien
Senior Lecturer in Chamber
Music and Violin
Antonello Farulli

Rita Urbani
Fondazione Scuola di
Musica di Fiesole Onlus
Professor of Viola and
Chamber Music, responsible
for the Research Department
and Development.

Teacher in Research and
Development Department
Are Sandbakken Norges musikkhøgskole Professor of Chamber Music
Koninklijk Conservatorium
Den Haag
Teacher of Viola and
Chamber Music
Indrė Baikštytė Lietuvos Muzikos ir Teatro
Associate Professor of
Chamber Music and Piano
Laura Jellicoe Royal Northern College of
Chamber Music tutor, Head
of Flute
Tone Jordhus,
Norges musikkhøgskole Senior Adviser,
Project Coordinator