“Legatissimo” is a musical term used to show that two or more notes must sound together to form a musical phrase. This idea that several connected elements can build up something bigger and meaningful represents the spirit of this project, using a word that comes from the universal language of music that also symbolizes the idea of understanding without borders.
Our project, “Legatissimo, Connecting Through Music”, arises from the Conservatory of Music “Victoria de los Ángeles” in Madrid having as a main goal to enrich the teaching practice and the opportunities of the educational community.
The desire for self-improvement and the support for collaborative projects are two of the identity signs of our institution. This is reflected in, on the one hand, the name of Victoria de los Ángeles and the inspiration of her successful international career despite her humble origins, and, on the one hand, in the Music and Dance interdisciplinar Project called “Amalgama” working since over twelve years in collaboration with the Carmen Amaya Conservatory, which involves more than three hundred people from both institutions on the stage creating a unique project. The principal aim of our Erasmus + project is the improvement of the educational success based on a couple of capital concepts. On one hand, we have a special interest in getting a more newfangled methodology, implementing the skills based on improvisation and to carry out acknowledgement through multidisciplinary projects, observing as well the different itineraries offered in music. On the other hand we want to research how the selection process of the students and the requirements to be accepted at the different Music Universities in Europe works.
We gave our first steps as a teachers seminar in the faculty, who prepared the project inside the CRIF framework (Innovation and Formation Regional Center), in order to analyze the needs and objectives, write the application form and study the dissemination of the project and, especially, guarantee long-term sustainability. Its members have international experiences, which has allowed direct contact with the future host partners. The seminar has also established the participants selection protocol attending to foreign language level, specialities, skills, seniority in the centre and motivation.
The initial activities planned for the near future include the observation of the teaching (Job shadowing) in four european music and arts teaching institutions in four different countries in the present and the coming school year. Each center has been selected for having a specific profile, which corresponds with the detected areas of improvement.The impact of the project is already active between the teachers involved, allowing us to establish new ways of co-working, which will definitely influence the way of managing upcoming projects. From here on we expect that the job-shadowing in other countries would contribute to motivate the whole educative community in the acquisition of new skills and methodological tools and in the establishment of new links, which enable us to improve the musical training of our students.
We pursue to build up long term connections, in order to promote strategic associations and student mobility projects in the upcoming future. The innovative spirit of our faculty, leads us to enlarge a new horizon through the Erasmus + program, opening this educational projection to the rest of European institutions involved. “Legatissimo, Connecting Through Music” means a great and unique opportunity for every member in our educational community at the Conservatory of Music "Victoria de los Ángeles".