Aims and Objectives
- Recognise and celebrate heterogeneity in music through the principles of equality, difference, heterogeneity in music, human expression and communication;
- Promote coexistence in heterogeneity and diversity in music through the principles of equality, difference in musical participation and music learning (even of the same performance a different times and contexts, from different ages and human populations);
- Cultivate cross-boundaries positive interaction, transcendental imagination and positive emotions;
- Reinvigorate, disseminate and strengthen Mediterranean musical heritage, past traditions and contemporary cultures, through updated scientific strategies of music learning and teaching, high quality musical performances and the latest technological advancements.
MusiChild™ Publications advocate and decisively put forward the perspective of multiculturalism and interculturalism in early childhood music learning and teaching, departing from the long history and multi-dimensional past and present musical mosaic of the Mediterranean region. The publications make a statement for cultural heritage in a changing world by linking a small sample of songs, dances, and musical games and their local customs with research-based findings of music education practices. They offer to the young child and his/her family increased cultural awareness and differentiated musical identities within the multiple Mediterranean musical worlds, musical skills and knowledge, poly-musicality, multicultural confidence, intercultural abilities for musical creativity, improved human communication and more joyful musical lives.
MusiChild™ Publications depart from the distinguished music education research Erasmus+ funded project "Early Childhood Music Education in the Mediterranean; raising children’s musicality, evaluating music learning and enabling teachers’ preparation" (2014-2017). The project was designed and coordinated by Dr Avra Pieridou Skoutella and C.C.R.S.M. Cyprus Centre for the Research and Study of Music, with the participation of the Granada University (Spain), Scuola Popolare di Musica Donna Olimpia (Italy), Ionian University (Greece) and Cyprus Association of Preschool Private Education (Cyprus).
The publications aim to intensify the impact of the project’s outcomes in society and education. They disseminate further its material along with other relevant material to different social groups internationally through further methodological developments and applications.
The project "Early Childhood Music Education in the Mediterranean" received two European distinctions:
- It has been selected as Erasmus+ best practice project and represented Cyprus at the 30 Years Erasmus+ European Conference “Best practice results from Erasmus+” in Bonn Germany 17th -19th May 2017.
- It has been selected and represented Cyprus at the Erasmus+ Conference “Paths towards Citizenship through European Cultural Heritage” in Palermo, Italy, between 26-28 September 2018, with the occasion of 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.