The INVoice4Empowerment project Fostering social inclusion in youth through the development of innovative choral pedagogies and digital technologies and practices

The IN-Voice4Empowerment project arises from the partners’ common vision to foster social inclusion through the development of an innovative multidisciplinary arts-based program.

Most of recent research articles on engaging and re-engaging marginalized youth claim and emphasise the importance of multidisciplinary approaches and methodologies and the transformative potential of the arts in the context of social inclusion (Brader 2013; Ruthmann2017 and 2020). What is more, new diversity perspectives and strategies for social inclusion are underpinned by recommendations for digital pathways to implement non-formal learning methodologies, thus strengthening the providers’ capacity to implement and maintain successful change and support youth at the same time.

Teachers and Learners are the groups that this project aims to support, especially in a post Covid 19 era, where social exclusion is accentuated in a series of lockdown periods resulting to minimum communication
and interaction. Based on the premise that choirs are diverse groups that mirror our society, being themselves tools of transformation for the actors concerned in a constantly changing EU and world societies, this program builds on choral theatre, embodied music making and community building through choral singing, vocal soundscapes, choral sound painting, expressive movement, spoken word and visual elements giving students the opportunity to create themselves part of the resources to be performed through training in digital composition and multimedia technologies. In this way it will assist in enhancing their sense of ownership and self-efficacy, strengthen their agency, empower them, and support them in finding their Voice literally and metaphorically.
IN-Voice4Empowerment aims to inspire and empower professionals working in school education, especially music teachers/ choral leaders, but also community workers and other professionals working in the field of social inclusion of disadvantaged youth.

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Objectives

Main objectives of the project:

Strengthening the capacity of music teachers/choral leaders in order to be able to recognize and identify underlying issues concerning disadvantaged youth and social exclusion.

Enriching music teachers’/choral leaders’ and subsequently students’ social, communicational, intercultural and musical skills and competences to foster social inclusion.

Strengthening teachers’/choral leaders’ and consequently students’ digital capacity to enhance arts-based creative practices.

Raising awareness of the effectiveness of innovative arts-based programs enhanced with novel multimedia and digital technologies for fostering social inclusion.

Promoting cultural heritage equality and new cultural production at European level in inclusive choral practices.

Outputs

Project Results

 Inclusive Vocal Choral Pedagogy Framework (IVCHPF).

Teacher Training Module for inclusive vocal/choral teaching pedagogy.

Teacher performance and effectiveness assessment and evaluation tool.

E-Book Sound and visual material for inclusive vocal choral teaching/learning.

Collaborative Learning Digital Platform (CLDP) for sharing best practices/learning new skills under the IVCHP Framework.

Target groups

Primary generalist teachers teaching music

Secondary music teachers

Trainers

Choir leaders

Music students

Trainee teachers

Music advisory bodies

Researchers

Curriculum authors and policy makers