Date: 29 - 30 August 2018
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Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships project ‘Modernizing European Higher Music Education through Improvisation’ - METRIC

At the end of August (29-30.08.2018), there will be the Final Conference of the METRIC project held at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in Leipzig. The conference is a two days event with the aim of looking into the present and future of the improvisation topic within the higher education field in Europe. The conference will present the online ‘Teaching&Learning Manual on Improvisation’ and 3 Joint EU Modules on improvisation, all of which have been developed within the scope of the project.

The conference will introduce new and innovative approaches to improvisation teaching and learning and will give floor for discussion on the present and future perspectives of improvisation as such. The programme will include workshop sessions, presentations, panel discussions, open stage performances and a final concert.

The conference welcomes people from all levels of European higher music education institutions (teachers, students, administrators, managers), who are involved in the topic or interested in hearing more and speaking along on the future development.

Modernizing European Higher Music Education through Improvisation
29-30 August 2018
Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig




29th August

9:00 Meeting Steering Group - Room 301

From 10:00 Registration - Room 207

12:00-12:55 Lunch - Foyer 1st floor


13:00-13:30 Welcome/Opening speeches/Music - Chamber Hall

Martin Kürschner, Rector, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig
Stefan Gies, Chief Executive, AEC

13:35-14:00 Presentation of the METRIC project outputs - Chamber Hall

Pilleriin Meidla, METRIC project coordinator
Margus Pärtlas, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Research, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

14:00-15:00 Panel Discussion I. Topic ‘Improvisation in higher education – 3 years of METRIC impact on concepts and perspectives ’- Chamber Hall

Chair: Martin Prchal, Vice-Principal Royal Conservatoire The Hague

15:00-15:30 - Coffee break Foyer 1st floor

15:30-16:30 Workshop session I

Room 309
Anto Pett (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre):
A. Pett's improvisation teaching method

Room 114
 Paul Dinneweth (Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen):
Warming ups

16:45-17:45 Workshop session II

Room 309
Frank Liebscher (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig): Creation, development and connection of motives in improvisation

Room 114
 Tilo Augsten (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig): Improvisation and contemporary music

18:00 – 19:30 Open stage - Room 304

Students and teachers

Dinner at Café Kowalski, Ferdinand-Rhode-Straße 12


30th August 2018

9:30 – 10:30 Workshop session III 

Room 114
Anne-Liis Poll (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre): Voice improvisation “Voice games”, with Mona Julsrud (The Norwegian Academy of Music Oslo)

Room 309
Karst de Jong (ESMUC Barcelona, Royal Conservatoire The Hague): Improvising with harmonic structures  ‘Navigating through harmony’

10:30 – 11:30 Workshop session IV

Room 114
David Dolan (Guildhall School of Music & Drama London): Improvisatory State of Mind in solo & small ensemble work - fusing instincts and know-how (or how to combine business and pleasure…)

Room 309
Yves Senden (Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen): Structure in improvisation

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break - Foyer 1st floor

12:00 – 13:00 - Workshop session V

Room 114
Bert Mooiman (Royal Conservatoire The Hague): Improvising preludes and cadenzas

Room 309
Nuria Andorra (ESMUC Barcelona): TBD


13:00-14:00 Lunch break Foyer 1st floor

14:00 – 15:30 Workshop: Impro-orchestra/Large Ensemble

Room 304

Christoph Baumann (Hochschule Luzern): Impro-orchestra/Large Ensemble

15:30 – 16:30 Panel discussion II. Topic ‘Teaching improvisation - curse or blessing?’ - Chamber Hall

Chair: Aaron Shorr, Keyboard&Collaborative Piano, Head of Department, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break - Foyer 1st floor

17:00 – 18:30 Final Concert - Room 304

Performances by METRIC teaching staff and students

18:30 Reception - Foyer 1st floor


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Please book in one of the following hotels recommended by the hosting institution:

Hotel “Michaelis”:
10 minutes walking distance from the Hochschule
Single room: 69,00 EUR, breakfast included
Double room: 79,00 EUR, breakfast included
20 rooms have been pre-reserved. Reservation has to be made until  18th of July 2018
Code: METRIC2018                                                

Motel One “Nikolaikirche”:
15 Minutes walking distance

Motel One “Augustusplatz”:
15 minutes walking distance

Hotel Ibis City:
20 minutes walking distance


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