European Mozartways

Family Music A Program to enhance Classical Music Education along the European Mozart Ways

The EU supported the Mozart Ways project "Family Music" in the frame of the Cultural Program 2007 2013


Family Music – A Program to enhance Classical Music Education along the European Mozart Ways was coordinated by the Association European Mozart Ways (EMW), and realized together with Deutsche Mozart-Gesellschaft (DMG, German Mozart Society) and Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Nicolini” (GNC, Conservatory of Piacenza).

The project "Family Music" started in June 2011 and ended in May 2013. The total budget of the project was estimated at € 400.000. Support from the EU covered 50% of such costs as co-financing, the maximum eligible amount. Among 280 applicants, 103 projects were selected for funding. 

Organizers of the project were the Deutsche Mozart-Gesellschaft, the umbrella organisation of 13 regional Mozart Societies in Germany with headquarters in Augsburg, and Conservatorio di Musica "Giuseppe Nicolini”, a state music Conservatory in Piacenza (and Associated Member of the Association), whose mission is to teach and promote music at a professional level.

Classical music is one of the most important cultural gifts that Europe ever created and trasmitted to the world. As cultural heritage it finds vivid expressions both in a rich concert scene and in home-based musical practice. Both should be preserved and maintained along with social changes, since music can provide a crucial contribution to the creative development of young people and to their personalities.

Widespread music education and dissemination thus play a key role in aesthetic education: experience and knowledge of music and of its values can develop important social and behavioral skills, in amateurs as well as professional musicians. Music education is a key factor to maintaining the tradition of classical music, contributing to cultural progress in this essential genre of the performing arts.

The project focused on education in the field of classical music in general and on a specific tradition which is no longer self-evident nowadays: that of classical music performed within the family and in private circles. Practising instruments and performing classical music in the closer sphere provides solid ground to motivate the younger players and to transmit instrumental abilities to the next generation.
The project aimed to enhance classical music education also by presenting best practice examples from different countries, regarding performance and teaching on the private level. It directly involved large networks with member cities and cultural and educational institutions from various parts of Europe.