The aim of MusE is to provide to teenagers the necessary skills and tools to overcome the hardships life puts them through, making them develop resilience. The project foresees the use of an innovative methodology, based on the use of music as a support to the development of resilience, due to its ability to evoke, identify and process emotions and due to the fact that it is a common phenomenon that crosses all borders of nationality, race and culture.
The aim of the project is to promote the development of some of the factors that make a person resilient, such as positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback. More specifically, the teenagers involved in the project will develop the following traits:
- emotional awareness and the ability to regulate their emotions
- control over their impulses
- an optimistic mindset
- flexible and accurate thinking
- empathy towards others
- a willingness to seek help when needed.
The students will experience a different learning method, that will focus on personal understanding and sharing through music. The MusE project, in fact, has its main output in the production of a Pop Symphonic Poem on the topic of adolescence, in which the lyrics will be composed by the students themselves. They will be involved in engaging and stimulating activities that will give them the opportunity to get in touch with people coming from different countries.
The participants will be engaged in activities based on collaboration and mutual help, as a way of enhancing all the skills and competences resilience consist in. The classroom will become an inclusive environment in which everyone is invited to participate and share his feelings and experiences.
The project will engage all the adolescent students of the partners schools. Special attention will be given to vulnerable individuals, for example the ones who are experiencing economic hardship or that have behavioural, emotional, family or socialisation problems, the ones that are facing more serious challenges like family breakdown, family illness or death, or bullying, as well as the ones that have learning difficulties or disabilities, or simply more anxious personalities.
The methodology will be based on the use of music to promote activities aimed at developing resilience. In particular it will use some approaches and strategies like:
- cooperative learning
- classroom discussion
- brainstorming activities
- use of technology to promote transcultural and transnational communication.
IMPACT AND LONG TERM BENEFIT
The project will have an impact on the educational system, because it will allow the participation of schools in Erasmus+ projects that otherwise would not have had the opportunity.
MusE Collaboration Web App
The App will be conceived and mainly used to let the students collaborate, communicate and share information in order to contribute to the creation of the lyrical poem. Technology, which is increasingly becoming an essential part of teenagers’ lives, is used in particular to:
- connect with, comment on and discuss things with others;
- learn more about interesting topics;
- easily access information to inform and educate oneself;
- maintain and develop supportive relationships;
- form a personal identity (through self-expression, learning and communication);
- promote a sense of belonging and self-esteem through being involved in a community of users.
MusE Pop Symphonic Poem
The primary output of the project: POP SYMPHONIC POEM. Moreover, one of the main innovation consists in the interaction and cultural immersion to optimise the experience of music and its meaning and to advance the understanding of the topic addressed in the project. The lyrics, instead, will result from the contributions of the partner schools’ students.
MusE Broadcast & DVD
The performance will be broadcast on television. Television will provide the opportunity to reach a wider audience and to share the project’s objectives and results.
The MusE Handbook it will offer a broad theoretical background, as well as practical information aimed at understanding resilience and how to develop it in young students, as well as how to use music as a powerful tool to promote resilience, inclusion and communication. The manual will be divided into different sections where different types of information and activities will be provided.
Creativity and culture. Early School Leaving / combating failure in education. Pedagogy and didactics.
MusE aims to achieve the following objectives for teenagers
the project aims to create 4 innovative tools (IO1, IO2, IO3 and IO4) available to teenagers (direct addressees). Students from
the three countries involved (Turkey, Romania and Portugal) in the MusE project working for three months to draft the narrative plot of a symphonic-electronic music poem, in which they reflect on their adolescent age phase (involving psychologists and teachers). The plot will be developed by the students at transnational level through the use of a mobile APP (developed during the project itself) for student collaborative working. To make sure that the priorities and objectives identified are addressed in a comprehensive and valid way, the project adopts: a cross-sectoral perspective - the partnership is composed of a third sector, universities, schools, societies - multidisciplinary - cooperate educational and technical staff - and a multi-method approach - takes cognitive behavioural psychology into account, emotional motivational education, non-formal education.