The ‘Polifonia’ project second cycle

To build on the successful first cycle of ‘Polifonia’, a second 3-year project cycle for the period from 2007 – 2010 was approved by the European Commission in September 2007. This cycle was coordinated jointly by the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC). The partnership in “Polifonia” involved more than 60 organisations in professional music training and the music profession in 30 European countries.


The following three project strands were part of the second cycle:

  1. The “Bologna” strand continued the work on various issues related to the “Bologna Declaration”, such as curriculum development and design, internal and external quality assurance and accreditation.
  2. The “Lisbon” strand was concerned with continuing professional development for conservatoire management and the further investigation of instrumental/vocal teacher training. In addition, the dialogue between higher music education and the music profession was addressed.
  3. The “Research” Strand aimed at studying the role of research in conservatoires, as well as setting up continuing professional development activities for conservatoire teachers.

Working Groups

With the aim to study these issues the following experts working groups were established:

In addition, an External Stakeholders group composed of representatives of professional music organisations was set up to accompany the project with its expertise and reflect on the relevance of ‘Polifonia’ activities and outcomes for the music profession.

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