The project “CultureBridge” started a new development programme in the Department of Music at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in the spring of 2008. The CultureBridge joins four cities (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen) in a project that aims to develop new models for broadening the use of music and arts education. This project is financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the State Provincial Office of Southern Finland.
The abundant cultural life in these cities (numerous festivals, theatres, museums, orchestras, music schools etc.) still fails to reach many groups in the society. As a result of recent changes in the Finnish society (ageing population; growing number of children with special needs; migration and multiculturalism), there is an increased need to develop new means of reaching out to people that do not have the possibility or knowledge needed to benefit from the existing cultural activities. New models, based on an interaction with the working life, needs to be created for the training of musicians and music pedagogues in order to meet the needs of the changing professional roles.
The students in the department of music at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences are taking part in work life projects in a close contact with educational and cultural life in the area. The project aims at developing the education of instrumental teachers and the early childhood music teachers by both analyzing the specific skills needed and evaluating the possibilities of work life projects.
MMus, Senior Lecturer in Music Education, Project Director
MMus Project Manager
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Department of Music
PL 4043, 00079 Metropolia