Created and led by Salvatore Gioveni (Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles), the goal of the HarMA© – Harmony and Music Analysis – International Seminar Event is to bring together the Music Theory faculties (Harmony, Music Analysis …) in one place to speak about their Home Institutions’ organization and structure and especially to share Educational and Pedagogical Practices experiences in these fields. A single-place to share their experiences, teaching methods and innovative methodologies.
In 2023, the seminar will take place in Gdańsk (Poland) and will also be the Final conference of the HarMA+ project.
Link to the International Harma Seminar Event website.
We are pleased to have been able to present the project and thus disseminate it at the following events and locations:
2. Antwerp (Belgium): Dissemination event in the frame of the 48th AEC Annual Congress and General Assembly 2021
Presentation of HarMA+ project (European landscape of teaching practices and pedagogical innovation in HMEI’s – music theory fields)
On Thursday 4th November 2021, project founder Salvatore Gioveni and Edwin Clapuyt, both teachers at Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, Belgium, welcomed participants for a two-hours workshop aimed at giving in-depth explanations on how HarMA+ helps to develop collaborative tools, share knowledge and transfer pedagogical innovation among Higher Music Education institutions, more particularly focused in music theory courses.
They highlighted how music theory is often the object of pedagogical reflections, although there is a lack of a centralised source to support it.
After a broad introduction of the project scope and presentation of the expected results, panellists shared the findings from the first HarMA+ Teaching Training Week organised in October 2021 by Hochschule Für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany. Several teachers engaging with music theory gathered for a one-week training programme that included workshops, job shadowing and music theory seminars among many other activities.
Participants were encouraged to share pedagogical practices and methodologies, as well as to further develop and implement innovative joint tools according to the intellectual outputs proposed by the project. In addition, teacher Edwing Clapuyt presented in plenary tips on how to upload books to the EU Bibliography on Music Theory courses, one of the HarMA+ intellectual outputs developed by
Akademia Muzyczna im Stanislawa Moniuszky w Gdansku in Poland. Participants got to try out this innovative tool live, which will be available as part of the online exchange platform on music theory developed by Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles.
Lastly, project founder Salvatore Gioveni shared how HarMA+ intends to have a wide impact at national and European level, providing music theory departments with online tools to help the music theory community finding resources, new methodologies and content to reinforce the skills of teaching staff and students. The results of the project will be available in a free digital platform, ensuring visibility and a wide exploitation by the institutions delivering music theory courses.
On Saturday 6th November, AEC representative Alfonso Guerra presented HarMA+ in plenary, at the main conference hall during the Information Forum and Gallery for in-presence and online audience, where speakers had the opportunity to meet and speak informally with participants wanting to know more about the different initiatives. This last session was key for a wider dissemination of the project findings, engaging with people not present at the workshop on Thursday morning. Thus, as coordinator for the communication and dissemination of the project outcomes, AEC successfully presented HarMA+ to several Higher Music Education institutions
attending the 48th AEC Annual Congress and General Assembly in Antwerp, Belgium.
Antwerp, Belgium – 04/11/2021 to 06/11/2021
Final Conference of the Project at Akademia Muzyczna im. Stanisława Moniuszki w Gdańsku
The final conference of the HarMA+ will aim to present the 4 intellectual outputs developed, as well as the results produced during the implementation of the project, including the results of the intensive program and of the training week for staff.
The target audience for this conference are the teachers of music theory courses from higher music education institutions in Europe, in particular those targeted by the development of IO2 and IO3.
Giving the high demand for this kind of event and based on the experience of the seminar organised in Brussels in 2018 we plan to gather at least 100 participants from different European countries.
Programme will be based on Topic Specific Talk and results of the whole project:
Minutes and conclusions of the conference have been developed and sent out to all participants.
As a result of a deep impact through international participants in their own pedagogical teaching practice competences, we’ve published a “Comparative Harmony Analysis Teaching Methods“. It was a huge work of collating teaching practices in EU, and it was an inter-partners work lead and published by Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, Poland (out of pre-requirements in the application but quite without any doubts mandatory task for music theorists)
The intensive programme has gather a group of 16 students in presence and 2 students online coming from the different partner institutions with the objective of experimenting, transferring and apply some contents of the project together with them. It will be host by the Estonian partner who will provide relevant support in terms of content and practical aspects, based on their long experience in welcoming Erasmus students.
The student’s week has several objectives:
The intensive programme is designed in 5 days and its programme was developed to ensure a diversity of activities for the students: a mix between theoretical presentations, workshops and
music theory practice is foreseen. The groups for the workshop will be composed of students coming from different countries to emphasise the transnational dimension of the activity.
The content of the activities for students will be based on the different partner’s knowledge and practices but also on the analysis of the music courses theory content already collected in the framework of IO3. We will analyse the feasibility of having short video conference sessions with music theory teachers from other institutions having developed high interest content in link with each day’s theme.
The programme’s structure has been designed as follow:
The students selected for this programme will all be coming from music theory department of each partner.
The training week (C1 – Short-term joint staff training events – Music theory courses in Europe) for Partner’s staff targets music theory teachers of the partners, having a speciality in the subjects detailed hereunder, in the programme of the training week. We ambition to gather a group
of 15 teachers to participate into this training week, sharing practices and methodologies and develop our knowledge on music theory specificities detailed in the programme.
The training will have a threefold objective for the participating teachers:
The training is last 5 days and the programme was developed to ensure a balanced involvement of several partners participating into the activity. As a consequence several different partners will take in charge the content of 1 day during the training. The activities are a mixed between theoretical presentations, workshop on new pedagogical methodology and job-shadowing activity of German teachers. We will also build the programme content and the exchange of knowledge on the basis of IO3’s content.
The programme’s structure has been designed as follow:
This Music Theory HarMA Forum for faculties in Higher Music Education Institutions faculties is designed to allow interested people to share ideas and information focused on a specific topic. An education forum can be used as a learning tool for people employed in a particular profession or who have a common interest in a given subject. Long discussions about the topics as a way to learn, create a network, or even discover job opportunities are a main target. It’s a practical and effective way to broaden knowledge in the hopes of sharing it with others. The main purpose for an educational forum is to share new information, strategies and, in general, provide a means for people to increase their personal banks of knowledge about the subject under consideration.
Our fifth Transnational partners meeting will take place in Brussels from 20 to 21 October 2002.
This European project (KA 203 Strategic Partnership) created by Salvatore Gioveni promotes cross-border collaboration in the field of Music Theory through sharing knowledge and transferring pedagogical innovation. It thus responds to a lack of centralised source and framework to deepen reflection by means of cross-disciplinary study at European and international level.
There is a significant wealth of educational practices from one country to another in this sector, especially in terms of harmonic musical notation and analysis. However, HMEI's are facing the nonexistence of a European network for pedagogical staff in Music Theory so far. To improve the situation, the project will among other things develop several intellectual outputs such as Online Platform (IO 1), an EU Bibliography (IO 2), a Repository Courses (IO 3), a Multilingual Glossary (IO 4) and an Exchange Online Learning Platform.
Besides the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles as leader and manager of the project, the following partner institutions are involved: Music Academy S. Moniuszki Gdańsk (Gdańsk, Poland), F. Liszt Academy of Music Budapest (Budapest, Hungary), Estonian Academy for Music and Theatre (Tallinn, Estonia), HfMTh "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" (Leipzig, Germany).