Two kinds of transnational project meetings are planned within the project:
Steering Committee meetings:
The goal of these meetings will be to plan the overall activities of the project, monitor the project work plan and overall performance, tackle possible problems and agree upon related contingency plans.
- Porto 3rd – 4th of September 2019
- Vilnius 7th – 8th of April 2020
- Antwerp 3rd – 4th of November 2020
- Parma (TBC) 18th – 19th of May 2021
Working Group meetings:
The goal of these meetings will be to plan in details the work of each Working Group under the overall responsibility of the SC.
List of meetings
Title: Kick-off meeting
Starting date: 24/02/2019
End date: 25/02/2019
All partners attended the project’s kick-off meeting in Antwerp on February 24 and 25th 2019, which was attended by 12 participants. At the kick-off meeting the project contents, administration, timeline and organization were discussed. A dedicated working session on the Impact Framework of Erasmus+ was held. The working scope of each of the three working groups was formulated/defined and work packages were set and distributed to each group. The sequence of activities was discussed and, for the timeline, a Gantt chart displaying the activities per working group was created and adapted where necessary. The organization of the project as well as all responsibilities between coordinator, working groups and the steering committee were set. The steering committee agreed to Miriam Pasqual Benavent as project coordinator since the initial project coordinator, Susanne van Els, discontinued to work for ZUYD Hogeschool. Susanne van Els continues to be involved as an expert working from the side of the AEC, and plans to participate at all transnational WG meetings.
Title: Steering committee meeting
Starting date: 03/09/2019
End date: 04/09/2019
The first steering committee meeting was carried out September 3-4 2019 in Porto and attended by 10 participants. It included updates from all workstreams, a reflection on the first ISP in particular, organizational and process changes as well as a reflection of the project’s impact so far. Organizational changes were subsequently implemented. Changes to the project organizations were necessary as Miriam Pasqual Benavent could not continue as coordinator from September onwards. The new project coordinator from ZUYD Hogeschool, Anja Krans, started in October.
Title: WG2 meeting 2
Starting date: 05/09/2019
End date: 06/09/2019
WG2 conducted its second working group meeting, September 4 and 5 in Porto ( 7 participants). The successes as well as improvement ideas of the activities from Preview Maastricht were reflected upon and plans made to prepare the upcoming activity in Vilnius. WG2 decided to focus its output on key aspects of opera creation, such as the role of technology in creating, staging and performing and mapping the traditional and avant-garde opera labor landscape in figures. Given the recommendation from the initial project feedback, the third meeting of WG2 was planned around the C1 activity in Antwerp in February 2020. It allowed WG2 members to interact with members from other working groups. At the WG2 meeting in Antwerp, reflections on the recent ISP in Vilnius was discussed, plans made for the third ISP in Porto. In addition, ideas for the structure of the IO of WG2 were discussed and developed and the workplan of WG2 decided.
Title: WG2 meeting 1
Starting date: 09/04/2019
End date: 10/04/2019
The first transnational project meeting of WG2 was held in Maastricht 9 and 10 April 2019 (8 participants). Working group members set the organizational structure of the group. AS main part of the meeting, the schedule of activities for Preview Maastricht in detail, the selection of experts as well as the contents of activities were decided. During the WG2 ISPs, working group members worked closely together in running and observing activities and discussing feedback. At each ISP a WG session will be conducted to consolidate observations and discuss the way forward.
Title: WG1 meeting 1
Starting date: 18/06/2019
End date: 19/06/2019
The first transnational project meeting of WG1 was held in Antwerpen on 18-19 June 2019 (10 participants). Members presented themselves and gave insight in each other’s programs in relation to the EOA and internationalization. Student exchange was discussed, both general and practical. Part of the meeting was devoted to the analysis of the information obtained through the EOA-coordinator. Another focus of the two-day meeting was the C1 Learning Teaching Training Activity in February 2020 in Antwerp: a first thought on the themes and the moderators and establishing the link with the “Next Doors” project week at the Royal
Conservatoire Antwerp. Furthermore the structure of IO1 (manual for shared education). A questionnaires was developed to gather further input on the IO.
Title: WG3 meeting 1
Starting date: 17/06/2019
End date: 19/06/2019
The first transnational project meeting of WG3 was held in Parma on 17-19 June 2019 (totally 7 participants). The meeting was fundamental for the establishment of the working group, mutual knowledge and the assignment of roles. WG3 defined aims and goals, compared methods’ confrontations and comparisons in learning & teaching phonetics & diction in our classes. It then focused on one of the main goals of WG3. WG3 organized a first “Russian Experiment”, with a small group of four students from different countries, in view of the future LTT “Russian week”. Using the experiment WG3 was able to understand the needs and difficulties of the students better, and was able to define the objectives, methodologies and materials needed for the LTT. In order to understand the status quo of the study of languages for singing and its difference per institution, WG3 developed a survey which was sent to students and teachers of the EOA.
Title: WG3 meeting 2
Starting date: 16/09/2019
End date: 18/09/2019
The second transnational project meeting of WG3 was held in Riga on 16-18 September 2019 (totally 8 participants). During the meeting, the questionnaire was finished and refined, and a second experiment (“Italian experiment” this time) was held. A larger group of students from Riga was involved in it (six active students, and another six listeners). Starting from correctly studying Italian sounds (with International Phonetics Alphabeth), arriving to fully interpreting an Italian Aria, passing by the Rhythm, the Key-words and the Phrasing: these were the steps of this experiment, ended with a very illuminating phase of feedback from all students and teachers, in preparation of the ‘Italian week’ (initially scheduled in September 2020, but now postponed due to Corona emergency).
Title: WG1 meeting 2+3
Starting date: 02/12/2019
End date: 03/12/2019
The second and thirth transnational project meeting of WG1 was held in Stockholm on 2-3 December 2019 (totally 8 participants). Part of the agenda was the report on a working session held by working group members during the international coordinator’s (IRC) meeting of AEC in Prague 2019. There, WG1 held an interactive questionnaire with the IRC’s, followed by an open session with 20 other participants, on the basis of which the IRC questionnaire was fine-tuned. The answers to the survey were analyzed by WG1 members. WG1 also decided to hold a number of in-depth interviews with other stakeholders, whose input was also reviewed and discussed. The C1 activity was designed on basis of the input gathered. Twelve themes were defined in relation to shared education; moderators were appointed. Finally, the chapter structure of the C1 manual was discussed and decided, including chapters connected to the work of WG2 and WG3.
Title: WG2 meeting 3 Antwerp
Starting date: 20/02/2020
End date: 21/02/2020
The third transnational project meeting of WG2 was held in Antwerp on 20-21 February 2020 (totally 8 participants). As recommended in the initial project feedback, date and place were closely planned in connection with other project meetings (LTT C1 and the second steering committee meeting). At this meeting in Antwerp, reflections on the recent ISP in Vilnius was discussed, including student sand teacher feedback. Plans made for the third ISP in Porto, based on the input from the previous ISP. In addition, ideas for the structure of the IO of WG2 were discussed and developed and the workplan of WG2 decided.
Title: Steering Committee 2 / 22-23 jan Antwerp
Starting date: 22/02/2020
End date: 23/02/2020
The second transnational project meeting of Steering Committee was held in Antwerpen on 22-23 February 2020 (totally 9 participants). As recommended in the initial feedback of the project, this meeting was closely scheduled with the C1 activity and the WG2 meeting. It allowed for members to interact among working groups and participate in the project activities. Besides administrative topics, the overall project progress, its general schedule and also the schedules per working group were discussed and adjusted where necessary. The steering committee reported and reflected on the three newly finished LTT activities and discussed planning and schedule of the dissemination events.