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Balkan project

Development project Western Balkan music academies
Preparing Western Balkan music academies for membership
The project 'Widening participation on the road to membership' was aimed at attuning music academies in the Western Balkans region to European educational and administrative standards at a higher education level. In addition the objective was to widen participation in higher music education by better and easier access for children and youths to early stage higher music education. The project, which was carried out by the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and co-ordinated by the European Association of Conservatoires, ran from 15 March 2009 to 30 June 2011.

Project partners

• Academy of Arts of the University of Banja Luka,
• Music Academy of the University of Sarajevo,
• Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade,
• Music Academy of the University of Montenegro, and
• Academy of Arts of the University of Novi Sad.

Music Academy Sarajevo



Bologna Declaration and participation in EU programmes
In order to attune Western Balkan music academies to European educational and administrative standards at higher education level, knowledge and skills of academic and management staff concerning the various technical principles of the Bologna Declaration and related issues needed to be developed. Furthermore, international and European cooperation tools and methods needed to be developed with the aim to enhance the attractiveness of the academies to foreign students and to prepare participation in the EU programmes.

Regional centres of expertise
To widen participation in higher music education, the position of the academies needed to be further developed to turn them into regional centres of expertise for music education through an improved offer of continuing professional development for teachers. Furthermore, expertise in the area of pre-college training had to be developed through cooperation with institutions at pre-college training level in other European countries.

Counsellors Research group LLM to Sarajevo
At the request of the AEC, the research group Lifelong Learning in Music sent counsellors to the Music Academy of the University of Sarajevo. These counsellors visited the same academies four times over the project period to assist them with issues relevant to their development. In November 2009 Rineke Smilde and Evert Bisschop Boele visited the Music Academy in Sarajevo for the first time. The second visit took place in April 2010. Currently Rineke Smilde is still connected to the institute as a guest teacher of Lifelong Learning.

A music lesson