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 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.