Final Report
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Project Title and Time Frame

Exchange of Good Practices relating to training for Artistic Education Teachers 01.08.2009 – 31.07.2011

Project Partners


The aim of the project centred on the exploration of possibilities and priorities for effective professional development of predominantly music (instrumental and vocal training) teachers in European isolated and hard-to-reach rural areas.


The project methodology was based on a series of study visits to the partnership countries to conduct activities of observation and practical demonstration, participation, discussion and analysis, implementation and dissemination. General meetings for the project were incorporated in the study visits conducted. At the end of the project a survey was conducted to provide further information on the needs of directors and teachers of music schools, with reference to the examples of best practices we encountered during the visits.

Study visits conducted:

29.09.2009 – 01.10.2009 Kusel (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
02.11.2009 – 07.11.2009 Stockholm (Sweden)
18.01.2010 – 21.01.2010 Tenerife / La Palma (Spain)
22.03.2010 – 26.03.2010 Region of Gävleborg (Sweden)
03.09.2010 – 07.09.2010 Region north / west Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany)
08.11.2010 – 11.11.2010 Gran Canaria / Lanzarote (Spain)
23.05.2011 – 28.05.2011 Gotland (Sweden)

Survey conclusions (summary):

The teachers of all three countries express a great interest generally in participating in teacher-training and professional development courses. The biggest common fields of interests would appear to be teacher-training concerning tools and methodologies for group instrument teaching, early childhood music and movement and music-teaching to the mentally and physically challenged in music schools. The teachers from the Canary Islands and Sweden also show a great common interest in the application of new technologies and IT to the teaching of music and aural-based pedagogy and improvisation.

Solutions for delivering professional development is however, as described in the final report under the section Challenges and obstacles, a complex and logistically difficult problem. There are many reasons why, for example:

Best Practices

The project has presented in the Final Report a number of examples of best practices encountered through the study visits in the project, predominantly in the following areas:


The project has identified a number of strategies for further exploration, including: