The ‘Polifonia’ project

‘Polifonia’ was the largest project on higher music education to date. The first cycle, which studied various subjects related to professional music training in Europe, started in 2004 and finished in 2007.
The first 3-year cycle of the ERASMUS Network for Music “Polifonia” was conducted from 2004 – 2007 and jointly coordinated by the Malmö Academy of Music – Lund University and the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC).

Objectives Polifonia

  • To study issues connected to the Bologna Declaration Process, such as the development of learning outcomes for 1st (Bachelor), 2nd (Master) and 3rd cycle studies through the “Tuning” methodology, the use of credit point systems, curriculum development, mobility of students and teachers, and internal quality assurance in the field of music in higher education.
  • To collect information on levels in music education other than the 1st and the 2nd study cycles, in particular pre-college training and 3rd cycle (Doctorate/PhD) studies in the field of music.
  • To explore international trends and changes in the music profession and their implications for professional music training.

Expert Groups

To meet these objectives, five international expert groups were installed for the Polifonia project:

  • A working group for pre-college training in music
  • A “Tuning” working group to address the various “Bologna” issues
  • A working group for 3rd cycle studies in music
  • A working group for the music profession
  • A working group for international relations coordinators

To learn more about the work of these groups, please click on the working group of your choice.

The first cycle of “Polifonia” was designated as an ERASMUS success story by the European Commission in May 2007.