Mundus Musicalis

The project entitled ‘Mundus Musicalis’ was the first project in the field of music supported by the EU programme ERASMUS MUNDUS. The project, which was coordinated jointly by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology – Department of Music (NTNU) and the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), was designed to study trends and the comparability of international systems and qualifications in the field of higher music education. The project, which was conducted from 1 December 2005 to 1 December 2007, realised an ambitious working programme with meetings and conference presentations in Europe, South America, North America and Asia.

The aims of the project were:

  • Create a greater understanding of issues regarding professional music training in and outside Europe, leading to the removal of obstacles in relation to the recognition of music studies and qualifications, thus facilitating an increased mobility and employability of students, teachers and professionals and a greater accessibility to professional music training in Europe.
  • Enhance attractiveness of the European professional music training sector through the development of an information website for students and other interested parties about studying music in Europe and through the collection and analysis of information on the participation of non-European students in European music programmes.
  • Improve the quality of professional music training in Europe through the exchange of information regarding music training and the music profession at international level.

Project information

More information about the project can be found in 2 project newsletters:

The project outcomes

The ‘Mundus Musicalis’ project produced the following outcomes:

  • The Final Report Higher Music Education: A Global Perspective addressing issues on international cooperation in higher music education and global trends in music and music education with conclusions and recommendations. This document is available in English, French and German in the ‘Publications’ section of this website.
  • Policy Statement Towards an International Higher Music Education Area in English, French and German.
  • The handbook on International Recognition of Studies and Qualifications in Higher Music Education. This document is available in English, French and German in the ‘Publications’ section of this website.
  • The study Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Music Education – An International Comparison (English only). This document is available in the ‘Publications’ section of this website.
  • A report Results of the survey on the status of non-EU students in higher music education institutions in EU member states (English only)
  • The website with information for students interested in studying music in Europe with English, Chinese, Spanish, French and Portuguese texts. This website is no longer avaible; however, most of the information it contains has been integrated into the present AEC website.