The ‘Vecchi-Tonelli’ Institute benefits from being placed in the city of Modena which boasts a rich musical tradition in continuous evolution, and strongly promotes culture, especially music also as a means of economic development and social and cultural inclusion. The Institute lives in this reality with other institutions in a relationship of fruitful cooperation, participating in international projects, and collaborating actively in particular with the Culture Department and the Education Department of the municipalities of Modena and Carpi.
The Institute, vital in the production to enhance the development of international cooperation, can provide its relationship networks established through several signed agreements which involve various fields, and guarantee space and subsidies to the artistic activity of the Institute’s students and teachers.
First of all, the protocol “Modena, città del bel canto” signed by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Modena, Municipality of Modena, Fondazione Teatro Comunale in Modena and the Higher Institute of Musical Studies ‘Vecchi-Tonelli’ (https://www.modenabelcanto.it/). Modena and its lyrical tradition lie in the context of the region with the highest concentration of Opera Houses in the world. At the heart of this rich musical texture, Modena, the city of Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Nicolai Ghiaurov and Raina Kabaivanska, is today a training place for hundreds of singers who have the opportunity to cultivate their skills before entering the stage of the most prestigious theatres, thanks also to significant economic contributions to support the initiative.
The prevision, inside the Institute’s educational offer, of a second-level postgraduate course, such as the first level Master’s degree in Theory and Practice of Ancient Music, has received very positive feedback both at the level of student participation and teacher cooperation.
This Master’s degree has attracted valuable teachers who enjoy good repute and boast international cooperation.
The cooperation with subjects linked both to the conservation of the musical heritage, such as the Galleria Libreria Universitaria and the Archivio Estense in Modena and in the field of music production within the famous Festival “Grandezze e Meraviglie” of Modena, have proved to be of considerable interest. Thanks to this cooperation, it is possible to make available to the public a corpus of 500,000 images together with the entire book and archive patrimony and the Estense period.
In addition to this, there is a network of ensemble music production between four Higher Institute of Musical Studies and Conservatories in Emilia-Romagna (Piacenza, Parma, Reggio Emilia and Modena), the activity with the same Institutes of ‘Orchestra Giovanile della Via Emilia’ and the implementation of important educational courses, such as the aforementioned annual Masterclass of Lyric Singing by Raina Kabaivanska.
All these available resources, along with the Institute’s participation in the Erasmus+ Programme, represent a potential pole of attraction for international students who may choose to spend their mobility here. At the same time, they will project the Higher Institute of Musical Studies ‘Vecchi-Tonelli’ in Modena and the cooperation network into the international scene, enabling the participation in partnerships for the development of creative projects.
In this sense, the Erasmus+ Programme can indeed represent an excellent useful tool to strengthen the Institute’s mission and to make it more internationally attractive.
The objective of the near future is increasing the number of cooperation and improving the quality of the existing ones, but above all promoting the activities that can guarantee interdisciplinarity of projects, which allow delving into the multifaceted aspects of music.
The expected results, objectives of the Institute’s policy on the implementation of the European area, can be summarised as follows:
-increasing the bilateral cooperation with Higher Education Institutes together with the stabilisation of active cooperation since a close interaction allows the mobility facilitation and greater attention both to content and to provided services;
-increasing the number of students and mobility to foster more professional and cultural exchanges and wider usability of learning and production activities;
-implementing the comparison in teaching methodologies through a mutual exchange of specific knowledge and of the organisation that high-level didactics requires, increasing the number of both incoming and outgoing teaching mobility;
-implementation of common work of knowledge and learning aiming at increasing employment exchanges;
-implementing and promoting the exchange of optimal practices and innovative training practices through shared research studies;
-continuous sharing in each phase of project implementation and optimal practices;
-promoting the development and use of ICT in the field of lifelong learning, even considering possible future emergencies;
-promoting research project implementation in support of learning and training, even at a distance. Sharing both optimal practices and multimedia supports and content between institutions is particularly important. For this objective, it is preferable the implementation of the already active source “Open Educational Resources” and action of awareness towards all partners aimed at sharing the results of their research on open access channels.
The Institute’s ultimate goal is its placement as a competitive institution in the international context of Higher Education Institutes: for this reason, relevance and support will be given to projects which promote the development of lifelong learning, the interaction between education and culture, and intercultural dialogue.