MUSIC CROSSROADS CREATIVE TRAINING CAMPUS 2019 - 2021
Europe – Africa: Strengthening Collaborative Creative Training for Youth
In 2019 the consortium of partners led by Music Crossroads International including the 3 Music Crossroads Academies in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique and the Global Music Academy won a second 2 year EU Erasmus+ grant. This enabled the consortium to continue the teacher training program through to 2021. The first music training campus was held in Malawi in 2019. The GMA is the pedagogic partner in this project.
The new grant enabled the consortium to develop the 3rd year of the curriculum and train the teachers. The focus here is one advanced harmony and keyboard harmony, ear training, transcribing, improvisation, large ensemble, pedagogy, sound design as well as further development of the teachers in the 3rd year of the main instrument curriculum. In addition saxophone, trumpet and trombone were included as instruments for the first time and the curriculum for these instruments is being prepared.
In the 2019 Campus in Malawi the trainers started developing a repertoire for a large ensemble which is part of the 3rd and 4th years of the curriculum to cater for the new brass and woodwind instruments. The Music Crossroads Big Band concept was developed with the participants performing music African music from the region in a big band format. Two very successful concerts featuring the big band were staged in Lilongwe at the end of the campus.
2020 - 2021
The second Campus was scheduled to take place in April 2020 in Mozambique to continue the training. This is the first time that Mozambique has been able to host the Campus. Due to Covid 19 the Campus has been postponed to 2021.