Música Creativa is officially a European Higher Music Education Institution within Erasmus programme.
Erasmus Policy Statement
Superior Música Creativa (from now onwards, the School) is the only official higher music education (HME) institution in Madrid specialized in the field of jazz and contemporary music training. As the main project of the non-profit organization ´Fundación Música Creativa´ (from now onwards, the Foundation), the School was created in order to respond to the strong demand of music students interested in jazz and contemporary music higher education programmes, so far not covered within the public higher education domain in the region of Madrid. In spite of being a private institution, the School manages to open its educational offer to all talented students regardless of their economic background thanks to the support provided by the Foundation to those students with less opportunities. Madrid is a prolific cultural setting that attracts many young musicians demanding high quality music training; consequently, the School is developing at a fast pace in terms of number of students and educational coverage. With this in mind and after a thorough gap analysis exercise, the School has developed an ambitious institutional modernisation strategy to enhance the quality of its educational project through the development of three correlated objectives: internationalization, professionalization and teaching & learning digitalization.
The School strives to be an international centre of reference in the field of jazz and contemporary music higher education & research, as well as a pro-active player in the European Education Area. Our mission is to train and educate future musicians in line with the highest international standards; providing them with the necessary tools and opportunities so that they become creative, innovative and socially engaged entrepreneurial music professionals.
Our international strategy builds on the importance of student, teacher/staff mobility and of international cooperation projects in order to enhance the quality of the institution´s educational project as a whole; as it has positive effects on both, the student learning experience and our teacher/staff skills development strategy. We consider international mobility to be instrumental in the development of music professionals within the multi-cultural society we currently live in. In addition, teacher and student exchanges are an excellent way to gain more insight into the international music field and develop essential skills in line with the demands of the profession; it fosters their confidence, language skills, their ability to adapt to new environments or to communicate with people from different cultural backgrounds, which has a direct impact in the student´s employability possibilities.
We understand the importance of adopting an international scope in education and thus, enhancing its quality by sharing and learning from other institutions´ practices. We aim to foster our international involvement by boosting teacher and student mobility, participating in international collaborative projects, expanding the number of partners and participating in relevant events and conferences at European scale.
The School is committed to work on its current and future international alliances in a wide range of ways: from fostering exchanges to organising and participating in international activities such as summer bootcamps, intensive programmes, teacher training courses and thematic seminars; as well as further developing our involvement in international collaborative projects at European level. We aim to provide the widest possible range of international opportunities to our staff and students while enriching the institution thanks to the learning experience resulting from the international collaboration.
We believe in the importance of having a common referential framework in Europe that allows all HME institutions to develop and share knowledge, creating a joint understanding and criteria to ensure the quality of the learning experience for our students. Our participation in the Erasmus Programme is a decisive step to enable the modernization of our institution as a whole and more particularly, to foster the progression of our internationalization strategy. The Programme provides us with the necessary support and with a well-established quality framework to further develop our international relations with other HME institutions in Europe. It helps us create a sustainable cooperation scheme, increase the number of mobility actions the School is able to accomplish, and allow us to collaborate with institutions with the same interest in developing practices and concrete tools linked to transversal topics in HME such as entrepreneurship or digitalization. In this way, the School is able to develop strategic collaborations, not only to share knowledge and pedagogical approaches but also to export and import cultural and artistic values across Europe; which would become a part of the identity of our students and teachers and of the ones involved from other institutions.
Participating in the Erasmus Programme fosters our institutional self-reflection, motivating us to be thorough when monitoring and reviewing our internal processes as seen through the eyes of the Spanish National Agency (SEPIE) and our partner institutions. Our quality assurance plan includes measures ranging from direct actions such as visiting lessons or teachers and student interviews, to annual reports highlighting the concrete improvement actions to be implemented in the following year.
The School places great importance in transitioning to the profession, links to the creative industries, entrepreneurship and employability. As well as supporting students in becoming masters of their craft, it is essential that we ensure they are ready to be self-sufficient, adaptable and pro-active in their future professional environment. Nowadays, we need to understand the necessity of combining music training with other skills to ensure the connection of the students with the society that surrounds them. New technologies, entrepreneurial skills and international involvement are transversal concepts reflected throughout our study programmes.
We believe in the importance of connecting higher education to the cultural agents of the city so that students have access to the world where they will have to develop their artistic career. The School has developed an active cooperation programme with the city´s main live music venues, theatres and national TV initiatives through which our students can gain practical experience, skills and understanding of the sector. We have an official collaboration agreement with the local government of Madrid and with different organisations in charge of programming live music in the city, which gives our students the opportunity to perform and network in the many music venues and cultural festivals. For example, we provide our students the possibility to perform regularly in distinctive jazz venues of the city and also in the most relevant local, regional and national festivals. We consider it is highly important that the skills our students acquire throughout their education remain relevant in their future career and empower them to manage their own artistic ambitions. Participating in the Erasmus Programme helps us share practices and different approaches on professionalization within music education, providing teachers/staff and students with a chance to get connected with other realities and to understand different ways of approaching similar challenges in the profession.
In the times we live, it is impossible to conceive the implementation of a modernization strategy without focusing on digital learning in order to cover the needs of the education sector. Ensuring digital access to education was already a priority for us in relation to our responsibility towards the inclusion of students with special needs; and now, following the recent situation resulting from the Covid-19 crisis, the full digitalization of the learning experience has proven to be an urgent and imperative transformation. The Erasmus Programme allows the School to scale up the potential and the impact of the use of digital tools by facilitating the interaction with international teachers and students; supporting the School´s international research on e-learning tools and methods already successfully implemented in other HME institutions online campus, as well as contributing to the effective implementation of international blended mobility activities.
The School aims to be an active contributor within the European area of education; opening the doors to all students so they can benefit from high quality education, empowering them to find employment across Europe, while contributing to the creation of common quality standards and fostering life-long learning practices for professionals. We believe in the potential of music as a tool to promote cooperation, cultural integration, ecological awareness or social inclusion, thus we integrate those values as transversal components of our educational project. By sharing pedagogical approaches and practices with the European community, we contribute to the creation of common cultural identity in both directions, sharing and learning knowledge with others, exploring and fostering inclusion in Europe while protecting the importance of diversity as a core value.