Future Songwriting is a two-year European project (2018-2020) focusing on creativity and digital tools in music education funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.
Research activities are an important part of the project. Teams from the University of the Arts Helsinki, the University of Cologne and Musical Futures accompany the pilots, observing on Future Songwriting model based on creativity and student involvement. University of Pompeu Fabra Music Technology Group will study the role of technology in music education.
The researcher involved in the project from the University of the Arts Helsinki is Heidi Partti. She is professor of music education in Sibelius Academy.
The main outcome of Future Songwriting is INTO Future Songwriting concept with expertise and content added from all partners of the project. The concept involves a tutorial and best practices guide for technology-supported music education with a special focus on musical creativity.
Project deliverables will also include final project report and evaluation report on pedagogy and methodology and on technology used in the project as well as a European network of music educators, teachers, and researchers of education and music technology. Part of the deliverables are also academic articles and conference presentations kept by research partners. Final seminars will be held in the autumn of 2020 in Helsinki, Budapest, Paris and Brussels.
By facilitating equal opportunities for creative music making, the concept can play a significant part in preventing exclusion and social marginalization; supporting children’s interpersonal skills, self-esteem, and personal growth; and even inspiring young people to pursue a career in music.