New audiences and innovative practice: an artistic laboratory with reflective practice and mentoring at the heart

Rineke Smilde, Sigurdur Halldorsson

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review


    The European music profession is rapidly changing and suggests more flexible career patterns and a need for transferable skills and lifelong learning strategies. Musicians collaborate increasingly with practitioners in other arts and societal cross-sector settings. This reality holds challenges and implications for higher music education (Smilde 2009). This state of play was point of departure in 2006 for the development of the collaborative European master ‘New Audiences and Innovative Practice’ (NAIP) by five European conservatoires. Five schools, from Iceland, the UK, the Netherlands and Finland, devised an innovative two-year master programme, helping students to develop and lead creative projects in diverse artistic, community and cross-sectoral settings, thereby creating new audiences and developing their leadership skills in varied artistic and social contexts. The programme aims to provide future professional musicians with the skills and knowledge to become artistically flexible practitioners able to adjust to new contexts within a wide range of situations of societal relevance. This particular chapter entails a case study of the first summer school of this programme which took place in Iceland. It details the heart of the programme, the artistic laboratory and reflective practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCollaborative learning in higher music education
    Subtitle of host publicationwhy, what and how?
    EditorsHelena Gaunt, Heidi Westerlund
    Place of PublicationAldershot
    ISBN (Electronic)9781409473060, 9781409446835
    ISBN (Print)9781409446828
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • innovative practices
    • musicians
    • new audiences
    • lifelong learning
    • music education


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