PRESTO Activities

Transnational project meetings

Summary of the first two meetings

The first two project meetings were held online as travel had still been considered risky under the actual Covid-19 restrictions. 

The first TNPM was the kick-off meeting held between 26-30 April, 2021, with various short sessions scheduled for each day. It was of vital importance that all participants get to know each other, acquire a clear understanding of this rather complex project and set the foundations for creating uniform materials.

The topics were divided into 6 small session meetings, in order to maintain effectivity. We truly missed the opportunity of personal discussions with all the motivating and sparkling ambiance that goes with it, nonetheless we can say that the session meetings also provided a safe and inspiring environment for meaningful discussions.

The TNPM1 is always crucial in terms of creating a common understanding. Though the institutions involved in the partnership have had certain contacts before, not everybody knew each other personally before. Luckily, the majority of the participants have been involved in the completion of the submitted application, so in most of the time we could focus the discussions on the issues of implementation.

The context of a Strategic Partnership project has been explained, along with the financial mechanisms, and the duties of the project managers. The Preventive Monitoring issues were also discussed in details.

2 subcommittees were formed: one for the technicians led by Noa Nakai (Finland) and the communication task force led by Réka Tóth (Hungary).

 

The second meeting held on 27-28 November, 2021 was disturbed by the electricity shortage caused by storm Arwen in Scotland just before the day of the meeting.

The focus of TNPM2 was the overview of the progress of the project, the activities accomplished in the first seven months, and the main achievements, i.e. the project key visuals, the migration of all project materials to Microsoft Teams and the progress with the Intellectual Output development in all 3 strands.

 

Intellectual Output development

Each Intellectual Output (classroom teaching, choral field, instrumental teaching) has a leading organisation and a clear distribution of responsibilities.

The classroom teaching package is under the auspices of the Liszt Academy of Music, and the Scottish NYCOS joins with its special expertise in this field. NYCoS is focusing on the solitary singing game videos and the inclusivity issues (specifically the sign-language and sign-singing), while the Kodály Institute’s focus is on the musical reading and writing skills (reading and writing in prep school, Grade 1,) a set of self-study videos to develop part-singing skills, examples of active music listening sessions of easy piano pieces in lower and upper primary schools, also focusing on the differences between recorded on-line and in-person settings. This will be completed with recorded sessions of ‘singing-based ear training in the classroom based on a selection of works from the classical repertoire’ taught for music educations students’ (would-be teachers); and with a recorded masterclass session of creative, self-exploring music teaching through poetry, the rhythm and musicality of the language. A chapter will focus on the parents, to explain how to prepare children for various instrumental online lessons at home.

The online choral education package will be elaborated by the Irish partners DCU and Sing Ireland, with the HEI leading the methodological aspects of the choral education toolkit and the creation of new choral compositions by composer Seán Doherty, while the choral organisation is responsible for matters pertaining to the continuation of youth choir activities under Covid restrictions, inclusive of virtual performances and model choral rehearsals, remote choral technique training, and guidance on repertoire selection. The Liszt Academy’s contribution to the choral package is the creation of new pedagogical works by the Hungarian composer Máté Balogh and video+guidance material attached to the compositions.

The online instrumental music teaching is the field of expertise of the Finnish partner Caprice Oy, which leads the experts in this area, joined by the Hungarian team.

Caprice will produce individual videos covering five major themes (Note reading,  Rhythms,  Left  and right hand movements, Natural harmonics, Relative sol-fa system leading to the absolute system) under the umbrella title of “Kodály Inspired String Teaching”. Kodály Institute will produce videos about creative instrumental pedagogy segments with embodiment in the focus and various creative approaches to music teaching to make students engaged even on-line. Through piano, wind and percussive instrument teaching the experts while taking elements from distinguished Hungarian creative music pedagogy schools, such as the Sáry method, the Kokas pedagogy, the SZO-System, will create lesson plans, recording of full remote sessions of instrumental teaching and in-person settings as well.

 

Learning, Teaching, Training activities

Summary of the Learning, Teaching, Training Activity 01

City/country: Dublin, Ireland
Time: From Monday 21 March  to Wednesday 23 March, 2022

 

21 March:
Aural class with Bernie Sherlock at TU Dublin Conservatoire, Grangegorman, Dublin 7

The PRESTO team observed 1st and 3rd year students who received the aural training according to the Kodály concept.

MA in Choral Studies Session with Seán Doherty, Róisín Blunnie, Barbara Dignam at DCU All Hallows Campus, Drumcondra – choir rehearsal, creative games&compositions of tonguetwisters, spectrograph study results (presented as the undertakings of DCU in the project)

22nd March:
Conducting class with Bernie Sherlock, music class with Brian Dungan and Holly Woods at Wesley College, Ballinteer

The Wesley College is a private school with a special focus on music and sports. The PRESTO team observed music classes based on the Kodály concept and choir rehearsals with various age groups.

The Sing Ireland team presented the actual status of the Intellectual Output2 (choral strand) in terms of their undertakings.

The PRESTO team visited the rehearsal of the New Dublin Voices choir directed by Bernie Sherlock at the Carmelite Community Centre, Aungier St Dublin.

23rd March:

Further project updates in terms of DCU undertakings, discussion, wrap-up by Róisín Blunnie, live music by students and faculty and music making together in the music classroom and the historic chapel of the campus at DCU All Hallows Campus, Drumcondra.

 

Multiplier events

Due towards the end of the project.