7.–9.2.2019 Final Seminar of the Inclusive Pedagogy in Arts – Europe project
The international final seminar for the IPA-E project will be held in Kuopio, Finland on 7–9th of February 2019. We’re excited to present the results of the IPA-E project and discuss about our future goals.
There is one primary question that has triggered the discussions that have resulted in the project called Inclusive Pedagogy in Arts – Europe (IPA-E): Who is entitled to high class music education? This question is especially tough in civilized Europe where there is a long pedagogical tradition in music education and yet students with special needs are a rare sight in music schools. This is true also in other art institutions (dance, drama, visual arts).
Education, experience of diversity and the availability of necessary support are the main factors behind attitudes of inclusion. There are seven partners in this IPA-E project: Kuopio Conservatory (Finland), Siauliai 1st Music School (Lithuania), Kreismusikschule Vechta (Germany), Savonia University of Applied Sciences Music and Dance (Finland), Siauliai Universitetas (Lithuania), Universität Vechta (Germany) and Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (MDW) (Austria). The project aims to promote equality to support the students with different kind of special needs (for example physically and mentally disabled, different dimensions of immigration and multi-cultural background, elderly people).
Project partners are pioneers in developing inclusion in their own countries both in music schools and art pedagogue education. Each organization has a slightly different approach to inclusion which is the richness in this project. All these partners have same values and willness to develop inclusive pedagogy in arts. Sharing experience will advance each partner’s theoretical and practical knowledge. In addition, mixing different approaches always promotes new innovations and best practices which will deepen inclusive thinking, teachership and curriculum work.
All this will lead to a new European model of in-service training in inclusive art pedagogy. This all is very relevant, current and most needed. That’s why the dissemination of IPA-E project is very high and it will develop inclusive art pedagogy in equal and civilized Europe.
IPA-E project is Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.