Modernizing European Higher Music 
Education Through Improvisation

is a cooperative project between several European conservatoires and the AEC which focuses on curriculum development and intensive cooperation in the field of improvisation, with the aim of creating a European Master course for improvisation. The project, funded by the ERASMUS+ programme as a Strategic Partnership, builds on the previous  POlifonia ERASMUS Intensive Project  in which the subject of modernising European higher music education through improvisation was explored for the first time.

Aims and objectives

The current project aims at the further development of the above mentioned modernisation process through the notable effect that improvisation education will have on the existing curricula. Two important objectives of the  2011 EU Modernisation Agenda  are addressed in this project:

  • Improving the quality and relevance of higher education and
  • Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation

By pooling the knowledge and traditions that exist in the various European countries through cross-border cooperation and by jointly developing  Joint European Modules, the quality of the educational programmes will be strengthened and employment possibilities for music student will be increased in an employment market that is increasingly international. Furthermore, the enhanced quality of the programmes and the specificity of the study area will also have an positive impact on the attractiveness of higher music education in Europe, as so far Joint Modules in the field of improvisation do not exist elsewhere.


  • Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT) Talinn (Estonia)-Project Coordinator
  • University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland)
  • Universitatea Nationala de Muzica Bucuresti (Romania)
  • Norges musikkhøgskole, Oslo, (Norway)
  • Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (France)
  • Gothenburg University Academy of Music and Drama (Sweden)
  • Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (The Netherlands)
  • Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig (Germany)
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London (UK)
  • Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA), Vilnius, (Lithuania)
  • The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow (UK)
  • ESMUC - Higher School of Music of Catalonia (Spain)
  • Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen (Belgium)
  • Association Europeenne des Conservatoires, Academies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC), Brussels (Belgium)
  • Musikhochschule Luzern (Luzern, Switzerland)

Additional information:
AEC current projects: METRIC

Pilleriin Meidla
Project coordinaator
Phone: +372 667 5760