HarMA HUB (European landscape of teaching practices and pedagogical innovation in Higher Music Education institutions – music theory fields), is a three-year Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnership project coordinated by Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, together with the following partners, all of them Active members of the AEC:

The project, targeting teachers, students and researchers in music theory, will build up on the outcomes developed within the first edition (HarMA+, 2020-2023) by gathering music theory resources in an open online platform, fostering research and pedagogical innovation, and striving for a certain level of harmonisation of the academic offer at European level.

The kick off meeting took place in Brussels on 25-26 October, hosted by Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles at ARES – Académie de recherche et d’enseignement supérieur. Project partners presented their music theory departments and discussed several topics, including project framework and intellectual outputs, budget matters, internal communication and overall practicalities for the planned activities. These include:

  1. Development of an online platform with resources, such as a music analysis repository, an EU bibliography and a multilingual terms glossary, which will serve as reference tools for teachers and students;
  2. Implementation of two intensive training programmes: one for teachers and one for students, in order to share pedagogical practices and foster innovation;
  3. Development of a peer-reviewed journal in music theory, in order to support research on music theory topics;
  4. Implementation of two dissemination events targeting Higher Music Education institutions in Europe, and a final Conference framed as an international meeting for music theory faculties (see HarMA International Seminar).

Overall, the main objective of HarMA HUB is to bring together the community of music theory within Higher Music Education institutions at the European level, with the purpose of modernising practices and giving access to the latest knowledge and innovations in this specific field. In the long term, the project will allow a common reflection on the place of music theory as part of the training of future musicians.

For more information about HarMA HUB, please stay tuned to the AEC website and social media channels, or contact Alfonso Guerra at alfonsoguerra@aec-music.eu