Revolutionizing Music Education

Future Songwriting introduces a new model to music education. Using creativity and digital tools and activating children’s innate potential the project aims to create the future of teaching music.

The two-year project is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.

Creativity in the classroom

Children have innate creativity and ability to engage with music. Future Songwriting aims to give room for their potential by putting music creation in the foreground. Music is taught through a creative process using digital tools where everyone can contribute. The concept is based on a comprehensive model developed by INTO School: an award-winning Finnish innovation. 15 school pilots in Germany, France and Finland will enable pupils to compose, arrange, write lyrics to and produce their own music with the help of digital tools within the project’s two-year time-span.

 

Digital Tools for All

As a first step of Future Songwriting pilots, teachers receive training to get familiar with the technical tools and methodology. Tools and training are tailored to suit all levels of skill, and facilitate a creative and rewarding process. The involvement of active musicians ensures that participants receive up-to-date knowledge and a hands-on experience. Two school pilots began in March 2019, in Santamäen Koulu and the bilingual French-Finnish School HRSK in Helsinki.

 

Research-based Innovation

Teams from University of Arts Sibelius Academia, the University of Cologne and Musical Futures accompany the project, observing the Future Songwriting model based on creativity and student involvement. Research carried out by the Music Technology Group from University Pompeu Fabra will focus on the technological aspect of the model. Future Songwriting brings together scholars, educators, musicians, teacher educators and the music industry to collaboratively develop better and more creative learning environments and equip teachers with knowledge and tools to facilitate creative music-making in their classrooms.

 

European Cooperation through Music

School pilots in Germany, France and Finland, coordinated research by institutions based in four European countries, and project communication by Artisjus, the Hungarian association representing composers and musicians makes Future Songwriting a collaborative effort reaching not only across countries, but also professional fields and age-groups, through the universal language of music.

A teaching material and a toolkit for using digital technology in the classroom, based on the concept and conclusions of the Future Songwriting project will result, as well as a European network of music educators, teachers, and researchers of education and music technology. The evaluation report will summarize knowledge gained during the school pilots, and the choice and application of digital tools. Closing events will be held in the autumn of 2020 in Helsinki, Budapest, Paris and Brussels.

 

Project Framework

Future Songwriting is coordinated by Teosto and runs between 1.10.2018 – 30.9.2020. The Creative Europe programme of the European Commission selected this application in July 2018 as the only major collaborative project under Finnish management. The total budget is 840 000 euros, 50% of which is granted by the European Union. The following organisations signed up as partners:

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