Brussels, 30 July 2018

VIOLANET: European Viola da Gamba Network

The School of Music of Fiesole, member of EuAbout Lab, with the support of EuroProject Lab, has been awarded funding for 387.703 euro from the Erasmus+ program KA2 Strategic Partnership.

Inspired by the fruitful experience of the "Italian day of the viola da gamba" promoted by the Fiesole School of Music, the project VIOLANET aims to support innovation in the field of higher education by creating a European Network among Universities and Institutes of high musical education in order to strengthen students competences on viola da gamba, to promote innovative teaching methodologies and tools for teachers as well as to strengthen cooperation among European universities. 

The Universities and Higher Education Institutes involved are the School of Music of Fiesole as leader, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse of Paris (France), the Conservatorio Superior de Música of Vigo (Spain), the Mozarteum University of Salzburg (Austria), the Hochschule fuer Musik Franz Liszt of Weimar (Germany), the Koninklijk Conservatorium de The Hague (The Netherlands).

The three-years project, starting form October 2018, foresees a set of blended educational activities such as specific workoshops within the university curricula (with recognition of ECTS credits), transnational master classes and digital resources center. Therefore, the teachers involved will have the opportunity to undertake transnational training activities to exchange and share theri knowledge and skills, improving the quality of their teaching and strengthening the cooperation between their universities and higher education institutions. At the same time, the digital resource center will be used as common virtual platform for students and teachers, giving them not only access to documents, educational tools and methods but also strengthening the relationships among them as well as the cooperation between the higher education centers involved.

The general objectives of the project are:

  • design and implement European higher education training paths on the viola da gamba with ECTS assessment, validation, recognition;

  • design and implement transnational exchange and training opportunities for teachers in order to share innovative methodologies and tools for teaching viola da gamba;

  • design and realise a digital resource center, for teachers and musician students, aimed to strengthen cooperation and exchange among European universities;

  • create a European Network of  the Viola da Gamba, able to expand the network of contacts and exchanges among universities and European institutes of high musical education, among teachers and students, musicians and producers of musical instruments, professionals and amateurs;

  • promote knowledge, study and interest in sacred music as part of the European Cultural Heritage in the different local communities.