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MARS: Latest News

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MARS – Music And Resilience Support project is now entering the second year of activity with the support of the Erasmus + Programme funded by the European Union.
During the past year the MARS partnership built the foundation for the development of the whole project, mainly represented by the four Intellectual Outputs that provide the essential theoretical and methodological resources for its implementation. A new phase has just begun involving the participation of 15 students in the first MARS Online Course. They will develop and improve their skills in psychosocial music interventions in conflict areas and disadvantaged social contexts.
At the same time the project is entering a period of intense public activity to disseminate its results and enlarge the network of professionals and organisations interested in MARS approach.

The Course

The new phase, dense and dynamic, started with a kick-off seminar which was held in Italy in July, hosted by Association Prima Materia. The group of students immediately showed a deep involvement in the course topics, in the project aims and rationale and a warm relationship was established with the MARS staff. During the next months the students will be engaged in 10 Modules covering different aspects of the training, from musical and choral techniques to fundamentals of psychology, sociology and anthropology and project planning.
MARS teachers and researchers will follow the students in their training programme, will tutor their studies and supervision their internship in a practical experience of psychosocial intervention based on music as a transformation tool.

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News from MARS

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The MARS - Music And Resilience Support- project is about to conclude its first year of activity relying on a solid internal structure and partnership.

Intellectual Outputs
The results of almost one year's work are represented by the completion of four of the five Intellectual Output productions, namely the Needs Analysis Report (O1), the Specialization Profile (O2) and the Staff Training Guidelines (O3). Only O1 has already been published while the others are ready for the publication. In addition MARS website (O4), is already representing the platform for most of the communications and activities, both administrative and public, of the project.
Besides, the Evaluation Committee approved the tool which will be used to assess the quality and management process of each production.

Mobilities and meetings
The first mobility took place in London in April with the presence of 15 future teachers of the MARS course during the Staff Training Days.
London was also the location for the second Transnational Partner Meeting.

The group of students of the MARS course was formed at the end of May after a process of selection of the 40 candidates who sent their applications, going far beyond any expectations.

The online preparation to the course is running and the group is ready for the imminent mobility and the beginning of the seminar in Italy in July.


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