In the London Communiqué (May 2007), the Ministers responsible for Higher Education in the countries participating in the Bologna Process decided to focus on a limited number of areas for action, among them the social dimension. The Ministers shared their belief that “the student body entering, participating in and completing higher education at all levels should reflect the diversity of our populations” and underlined “the importance of students being able to complete their studies without obstacles related to their social and economic background”. It was therefore agreed that the “efforts to provide adequate student services, create more flexible learning pathways into and within higher education, and to widen participation at all levels on the basis of equal opportunity” must be continued.
Some components of the issue “social dimension” were addressed by the Polifonia Pre-college working group, which studied questions related to access to higher music education through a European-wide survey on pre-college music training.
Among others, the outcomes of the working group’s work are:
- A study on where and how young talents are prepared for the higher education in music
- A literature research about the necessity of starting with music education at an early age in order to be able to become a professional musicians
- An overview over European trends concerning admission procedures and standards in higher education in music
- Suggestions how admission procedures and standards could be connected to the learning outcomes of 1st and 2nd cycles
Final report Pre-college Music Education In Europe
Literature Study: 'Preparing young musicians for professional training: What does scientific research tell us?'
AEC Policy Paper "Investing in the Quality of tomorrow's music in Europe"