The Global Music Campus network is made up of a number of different partner organizations with a diverse range of approaches to arts and music education in particular but also culture and development. Having collaborated closely over the past 6 years they have jointly developed a common methodology.
The Global Music Campus methodology is based on the following principles:
Concept Based Teaching
The curriculum developed for the Campus program is concept orientated, we show the trainees a concept and how to use it to teach themselves and then teach others. This is a learner centered approach which seeks to empower the learners to make choices and enjoy the process of learning rather than memorizing cognitive content for examinations. It encourages them to interpret the syllabus to achieve the prescribed learning outcomes using a variety of methods and resources. In so doing they are stimulated to analyze conceptually and challenged to find new ways to understand and explain a concept.
Practical Hands On Training
All the modules use practical training techniques to transmit these concepts meaningfully even if they involve abstract ideas.
Peer Teaching and Ongoing Training
Part of the Campus methodology is to get participants to work with each other: those who understand a concept quicker end up sharing their experience and co-teaching the others in an open learning environment during the Campus
Early on in the process the partners developed a monitored ongoing peer teacher training program which runs between the Campuses.
Interactive and Flexible Learning Environment
Creating an open learning environment is an important part of the process. Participants are encouraged to interact with the learning materials and make suggestions for improving them.
Structured Training with Regular Assignments
During the Campus the participants are given a strict daily timetable and are required to hand in assignments on a daily basis to monitor their progress.
The participants are given a personal assessment at the end of the training.
Because of the wide variety of backgrounds of the participants, attention is given to mutual understanding and respect for each other, participants learn to perform music from the other participating countries as part of this process.