📢 “MusicAIRE project highlights” is back to showcase the 41st project, supported by MusicAIRE – “ECHOS – Inclusive European Youth orchestras for Social cohesion: Building just and resilient music ecosystems”, organised by Sistema Cyprus.
The proposed project seeks to contribute to the building of a more just and resilient music ecosystem after the pandemic, through the development of a methodology for the creation of inclusive youth orchestras in our increasingly diverse societies. Through a social music education program, Sistema Cyprus strives to provide children with opportunities for social integration.
Building on its expertise, Sistema Cyprus proposes the development and piloting of a new holistic methodology for building inclusive youth orchestras, that is inspired and theoretically grounded from the epistemological areas of community music and informal music education and the best practices witnessed from the successes of the El Sistema methodology. This new methodology ultimately seeks to contribute to the capacity building for the sustainability of the music ecosystem in Europe by increasing diversity in youth orchestras. Through this proposed project, the new methodology will be piloted in Cyprus, with 160 children participants of migratory background and Cypriot children from low-income families. The final results and the completed methodology will be presented through capacity building activities to music operators, artistic directors, instrumental teachers and music professionals from at least 20 music organisations across Europe.
The project’s objectives are to:
(1) Develop a new innovative holistic methodology that will strengthen the capacity and increase the diversity levels, solidarity, active citizenship and social cohesion of youth orchestras and music ensembles in Europe.
(2) Empower disadvantaged groups and specifically 160 children and young people in Cyprus through piloting the new methodology that will ensure their active engagement while also seeking to foster connections between people through music.
(3) Train music operators, artistic directors, instrumental teachers and music professionals in the use of the produced methodology in order to develop their artistry and interconnect with the needs of our diverse musician community.
(4) Ensure that the new methodology could easily be adapted to serve the individual needs of youth orchestras in different European countries.