The project "ADD UP – Artistic Directors Development - Upskilling Project for Choral Educators" is targeted at the development of substantive skills and transversal competences of artistic directors, choral conductors and choral coaches dealing with formal, non-formal and informal musical education. The composition of the partnership enables the exchange of experiences and peer learning between choral educators cooperating with ensembles of different sizes and characteristics, embedded in different educational structures.
Through the exchange of experiences and peer learning activities, direct meetings and on-line cooperation between highly professional, experienced educators and less experienced, amateur or young choral staff members, ADD UP contributes to the enhancement of the participants’ skills, and furthermore strengthten the participating organisations through development of their potential (better skilld trainers within the organizations) and educational offer (tailor-made programme of trainings for choral conductors).
The aquired competencies and the pedagogical methods exchanged and practiced during the project lifetime will be adaptable not only in the partner organizations but also easily shareable with other cultural organizations dealing with choral education.
The role of the musical directors and coaches in the choir is to serve as a high-profile, enthusiastic advocate and promoter of choral music. The system of work during the project lifetime and the goal of the peer-learning method integrated into the project aims to improve these capacities to inspire and energise. The local activities combine online activities based on Social Media, self-paced learning on the theoretic material and practical work with local choirs active within the participating orgnizations. The project includes short-term training activities for participants, organized in all countries of the partnership: the practical workshops incorporated in the transnational trainings will constitute a possibility of work-based learning and each training event will be ended by a short concert open to the public. These concerts will be a good ocasion to disseminate the project idea and it’s results.
The Strategic Partnership, thanks to its international dimension brings an essential added value enabling an exchange of experiences between participants presenting different cultural approaches to the choral music, a profound analysis of different types of choral music from the project countries and presentation of their subjective perceptions, and by these means an improvement of intercultural skills, cultural awereness and cultural intelligence. The possibility of work in international group boosts also other social competences of the participants, notably flexibility, freedom from prejudice, handling stress, self confidence, sense of belonging and, last but not least language competences and digital competences (i.e. use of Social Media and virtual workgroups).
ADD UP involves also other, less direct and indirect target groups:
- choral conductors and educators from collaborating organisations
- choristers from ensembles and choirs collaborating with the participating organisations and project’s participants will be involved in the activities at all stages off the project and their contribution in the project realisation will be fundamental. During the transnational training events the choristers will be invited for the working sessions with the project participants and will present the results of the workshops at a short concert ending each training event. Between the transnational trainings, the choristers will work with the local participants of the project on the repertoire chosen for the project;
- people from other indirect target groups - formal and informal partners of participating organizations, including professional and amateur choristers, artistic education providers, cultural centers organizing artistic events in the local communities, stakeholders interested in the development of the cultural sector, it’s educational offer and traising standards.
1st Transnational meeting
Warsaw, 28-29 January 2017
The meeting started with a general reminder of the project’s objectives and the managerial and financial issues.
The partnership agreement where handed out and analyzed. The partners are supposed to check and corrected the changes in the administrative data (address, name of the representative person) and send back the signed documents. The first part of the money will be transferred when the coordinator receive the signed contract. The general rule for communication during the project will constitute an attachment to the agreement.
The participants will amend the formal changes at the EU Participant Portal.
The project will organize 5-days workshop in each participating country.
The main task for each partner is to organize the workshop: at least 6-hours per day of different activities. It is possible to have i.e. 5 hours one day and 7 on another. Each workshop should end with a concert. There is also a possibility of organizing several short concerts if the organizer finds it purposeful.
The dates for the workshops have been set:
The given dates are the days of work – if possible, it can be arranged to start in the afternoon the first day and finish about noon the last day to facilitate the mobilities. Otherwise, the days before and after will be the travel dates.
To be able to better tailor the programme of the workshops to the needs of the participants, the names of the people coming, their exact profile and expectations should be known at least 3-4 month in advance.
I propose to set the deadlines for the “registration”:
It is possible more people participate from the country of the organizer, but it is important their number do not make too much disproportion to the detriment of the project’s foreign participants.
A person non-conductor could come in extremis, but should be able to contribute to the workshop in another way: i. e. it could be a choral trainer or cultural/artistic manager that should take part in discussions or develop his professional skills while watching the work of conductors and choirs, can be a person from Fulltura coming as a staff member to keep an eye on reporting process, documentation of activities during the workshop, evaluation process, dissemination of the results, building up networks and schemes for future projects.
At the end of each workshop the participants should fill-in an evaluation form which would be used for improvements in the next workshops/activities.
The partners agreed that the programme can vary for workshop to workshop, according to the participants, possibilities and specificity of each organization. However several elements should be always present;