After a long COVID-caused break and the summer holiday, creativity and digital tools have been moving back to the Finnish, German and French schools. The Future Songwriting project is a European project introducing a new model to music education which wakes up kids’ inborn potential to engage and develop with music.
Back to school
This school year is like no other: it brings – and has already brought – new regulations and habits into the classrooms. Many schools have made indoor mask-wearing compulsory for staff and students while others have reduced the size of their classes.
In any case, following national COVID regulations, the Future Songwriting project is back to schools: we continue organising training for teachers and music educators to provide them with new opportunities for professional development. In the autumn of 2020, pilots have restarted in 3 countries, and pupils can continue creating their own music with the help of digital tools, virtual and real instruments.
In September, pilots in Finland and Germany took place with the participation of approximately 100 students and more classroom-visits are to come in France as well – check out the list of schools here http://futuresongwriting.euwriting.eu/home/pilots/. For most kids, this has been the first occasion to meet their classmates again and to write songs together after the long COVID-caused isolation.
The Future Songwriting project started in 2018, with the concept developed by INTO School, and coordinated by Teosto. Between the spring of 2019 and the spring of 2020, seven schools participated in the program. This autumn 8 more will follow. You can listen to the songs that children created during the school pilots here: http://futuresongwriting.euwriting.eu/songs/.
In December a closing webinar will be held to present the achievements of the project and where students and teachers from various schools can virtually meet. Public parts of the webinar will be announced soon.
The two-year project is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.