Projects (METRIC, CoPeCo)

‘Modernising European Higher Music Education through Improvisation – METRIC’ (2015-2018)

is a cooperative project between several European conservatoires and the AEC which focuses on curriculum development and intensive cooperation in the field of improvisation, with the aim of creating a European Master course for improvisation. The project, funded by the ERASMUS+ programme as a Strategic Partnership, builds on the previous  POlifonia ERASMUS Intensive Project  in which the subject of modernising European higher music education through improvisation was explored for the first time.

Aims and objectives

The current project aims at the further development of the above mentioned modernisation process through the notable effect that improvisation education will have on the existing curricula. Two important objectives of the  2011 EU Modernisation Agenda  are addressed in this project:

  • Improving the quality and relevance of higher education and
  • Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation

By pooling the knowledge and traditions that exist in the various European countries through cross-border cooperation and by jointly developing  Joint European Modules, the quality of the educational programmes will be strengthened and employment possibilities for music student will be increased in an employment market that is increasingly international. Furthermore, the enhanced quality of the programmes and the specificity of the study area will also have an positive impact on the attractiveness of higher music education in Europe, as so far Joint Modules in the field of improvisation do not exist elsewhere.


  • Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT) Talinn (Estonia)-Project Coordinator
  • University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland)
  • Universitatea Nationala de Muzica Bucuresti (Romania)
  • Norges musikkhøgskole, Oslo, (Norway)
  • Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (France)
  • Gothenburg University Academy of Music and Drama (Sweden)
  • Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (The Netherlands)
  • Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig (Germany)
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London (UK)
  • Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA), Vilnius, (Lithuania)
  • The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow (UK)
  • ESMUC - Higher School of Music of Catalonia (Spain)
  • Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen (Belgium)
  • Association Europeenne des Conservatoires, Academies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC), Brussels (Belgium)
  • Musikhochschule Luzern (Luzern, Switzerland)

Additional information:
AEC current projects: METRIC

Pilleriin Meidla
Project coordinaator
Phone: +372 667 5760



is a two-year joint Masters programme in Contemporary Performance and Composition offering the students an open platform for experimental artistic practice within a European setting.
The programme's participating institutions are:
Eesti Muusika- ja Teatriakadeemia (Estonia)
Kungl. Musikhögskolan i Stockholm (Sweden)
Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon (France)
Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg (Germany)

You will spend each of the four semester in a different institution, moving from one to the other as a group with the other CoPeCo students. Your studies will be centered around the Masters Degree Project which you will complete over the two-year study period.
The programme was developed under the auspices of LLP Erasmus Curriculum Development Project (2010 -2013)

CoPeCo is for you if you are:

  • a musician (composer, performer or both) passionate about experimenting with new music looking and for the possibility to complete a large-scale individual artistic project in a supportive collaborative study environment
  • willing to work in a group
  • already experienced in and/or interested in developing yourself further in the following key areas:

1. composer-performer collaboration
2. cross-disciplinary collaboration
3. new technologies
4. improvisation

  • holding a Bachelors degree or equivalent in music or on your final year of undergraduate music studies

CoPeCo can offer you:

  • freedom to conceive your artistic degree project and full support in its realisation, provided that the project can be delivered within the duration of your studies and remains within the framework of funds and facilities available to you in all participating institutions
  • the possibility to work on your individual artistic project in a supportive environment of group synergy, benefiting from open and collegial relations with your tutors and peers
  • the possibility to work on smaller-scale group projects with your peers
  • individual tutoring to improve your music skills (vocal, instrumental, compositional and other)
  • the possibility to develop your artistic pursuits in different cultural contexts
  • the competencies necessary to adjust to the challenges of the arts scene and lead a freelance career as well as work within the framework of established arts institutions

Additional information:

Hanneleen Pihlak
Programme coordinator
Phone: +372 667 5779