Digital and VIrtual music tools to Become an Experimental School (DVIBES) an Erasmus+ project for six schools from Bulgaria, France, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands and Turkey.
Summary of our project The project "Digital and VIrtual music tools to Become an Experimental School - Digi.V.I.B.E.S." is proposed by IC De Filis of Terni, in partnership with 5 European schools located in Netherlands, Turkey, France, Malta, Bulgaria. DigiVIBES is based on the shared analysis that sees, in the respective partner institutes, a growing disinterest in musical subjects, the cause of which is unanimously identified in an approach that is too old-fashioned, based on frontal and "mainstream" teaching. The partners are aware that the introduction of an innovative digital, transversal and inclusive teaching method of the musical subject, as well as interdisciplinary teachings that use music as a common thread, will stimulate the acquisition of key competences, with a significant impact on the learning styles. Not only: the project also responds to the priorities of digitization and innovation of educational systems, through a massive use of software, tools and mobile apps for learning; inclusion of students with SEN, providing for their participation in mobility and adapting the didactic modules developed to all learning styles; empowerment of teachers' skills, with the creation of two dedicated training courses and continuous professional growth thanks to international comparison during the development of the DigiVIBES Toolkit; diffusion of the common values and identity of the EU, as, through the various musical activities, the accent will be placed on the musical traditions of the countries represented, allowing pupils to reflect on the social, cultural and historical heritage of the different musical genres .
The aims are:
achieve a significant impact on pupils' learning styles, stimulating interest and motivation thanks to the inclusion of ICT in teaching of music education
contribute to the development of key, transversal and life skills of pupils through the innovation of teaching methodologies and renewed approaches to teaching music disciplines in an interdisciplinary way and with a massive use of ICT
adapt the skills and methodological tools available for teachers to respond more effectively to social challenges, supporting them through continuous training and European comparison, developing innovative teaching and assessment methods in music education.
The specific objectives are:
Experiment the implementation of specific software and digital technologies for music education, alongside the multimedia textbook, aimed at enhancing teaching strategies and, consequently, triggering positive effects on learning.
- Develop innovative teaching materials that include: or interdisciplinary connections, through the involvement of teachers of musical disciplines but also artistic-literary and mathematical-scientific ones in the elaboration and experimentation phase of DigiVIBES, or the use of digital tools, software and mobile applications for learning music and acquiring key skills, or an inclusive approach, which provides for the adaptability of teaching items to all learning styles and different skills to be tested on international pilot classes, which will also include children with SEN, during international mobility.
The main tangible result consists in the "DigiVIBES Toolkit", a compendium of good practices where the digital, interdisciplinary and inclusive learning units, submitted to students during mobility and tested in international classrooms, will be collated, which will cover 6 different musical styles in European history: Classical, Folk, Rock, Jazz, Electronic and Musical Music.
Two joint staff training events are planned (Italy - October 2020 and Holland - May 2022) in which directly involved teachers will participate, to allow them to discuss the organizational and managerial methods of musical teaching in their respective schools, but also on the pedagogical and didactic functions linked to the assessment of the skills acquired. The project foresees six short term exchanges of pupils, too, one in each partner country, for a total of 20 pupils of 11/13 years old directly involved in the mobility, during which they will be able to deepen musical genres generally little explored in their school and to experiment the transversal, digital and inclusive didactic modules elaborated by the teachers. DigiVIBES also shines a light on the empowerment of teachers, aimed at acquiring skills to teach music through new digital tools and software and at reaching the structured integration of digital, interdisciplinary and inclusive teaching units that music have as a common thread in the school curriculum.
It is therefore clear how DigiVIBES aims to achieve a lasting and profound impact in the educational communities involved and, thanks to the careful dissemination plan, at local and European level.
Mama Mia, the Musical at Comenius College, The Netherlands