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As the leader of this new adventure that aims to prevail for years to come, my personal impulse lies in the need to change the way music education is structured and developed historically. It is my strongest conviction that higher musical education is rooted in a system based on a world that no longer exists, and institutions are being extremely slow when it comes to adapting to the vigorous, changing world that surrounds us.
For this reason, I decided to take a step forward and initiate this new project, where we change the long-established concepts of tutorship and content-education, creating a school environment based on three main principles: team tutorship, globalized learning, and process-oriented education.
In short, enjoying team tutorship is as if a student were studying in various schools at the same time. Whereas the traditional school system usually offers one single mentor plus a series of visiting teachers who give masterclasses, we have designed multicolored studios where three or more prominent artists take up the role of a tutor, sharing it with the other colleagues. It is easy to imagine the exponential effect this can have on the student’s learning potential.
At the same time, tied to the variety of the faculty is the variety of origins of them, as we have planned to have professors coming from both Europe and the US, in their majority, so students will be exposed to both musical and orchestral traditions, which will surely have an enormous influence on their professional future, and this is the powerful engine named as globalized learning.
On our third principle, we are projecting our studio plans in order to reflect the real world around us, and for this reason, we are going to follow the policy of process-oriented education, by which students will be trained not on the traditional content learning, but on how to approach each situation. This is something very important when referring to the coursework of each specialty, because we need to offer a level of soft-skills training according to the exceptional level deployed by our world-class faculty staff.
I’d like to point out the inclusion, on all levels and years of study in MMC, of the field of Digital Music Marketing, a pioneering concept that will be taught, probably for the first time in a classical music institution, by staff from Miami based company Strömmar, an industry expert on digital music production, publishing and promotion.
Last, but not least, Valencia! The idea of creating a school like this in a city like Valencia is not new. Boston’s Berklee College has brought its graduate school to this city, and the results are excellent, with students coming from all over the world. In fact, Valencia is one of the top requested cities as a destination for Erasmus students all over Europe. Reasons? There are so many of them: exquisite weather, friendly local people, delicious food, inexpensive living costs, safety (extremely low crime rate), our amazing beaches (our school is located just half a mile from the beach and the old Port of Valencia, the most vibrant leisure zone in the city!), monumental city (where you can find anything from Roman times to the marvelous, recently created City of Arts and Sciences), closeness to main European capitals, just to name a few.
I deeply believe that for all our future students, your time in Valencia is going to be the time of your life.
Thierry Barbé is principal bass in the Paris National Opera Orchestra and double bass professor at the Conservatoire Superieur de Musique de Paris. Born in Metz, Eastern France, Barbé studied piano and double bass while simultaneously pursuing a degree in science,...
Jeff Bradetich, Double Bass Proclaimed by the New York Times as “the master of his instrument,” Jeff Bradetich is regarded as one of the leading performers and teachers of the double bass in the world today. He gave his professional concerto debut at the...
Catalin Rotaru joined the School of Music at Arizona State University, in 2005. Mr. Rotaru is in demand as a performer and clinician throughout the world. He is a graduate of the National University of Music from Bucharest, Romania, and holds a Master’s degree in...
Stefan Schäfer is principal bass at Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg. He is professor for double bass at Hamburger Konservatorium and Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. He studied at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and graduated with a diploma...
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