Charanga, the award-winning music education technology company, has announced an inter-institutional partnership set to transform music teaching and learning in Denmark.

The launch of the new Charanga Denmark platform is integral to the MECLA (Music Education Cultural Learning Alliance) project’s longevity. The online resource gives individual teachers, a single school or Kommune access to great music, modern pedagogy and bespoke teaching materials in Danish.

The project launch brings together Charanga; Denmark’s music association, DEOO; the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra; the Edegal and Helsingør Music Schools; primary school children from Denmark’s Egedal Kommune; music leaders from Nachod in the Czech Republic; and the Accent Music Education Hub in the UK.

The MECLA project also follows Finn Holst’s ‘Mere Musik til Byens Børn/The Value of Music’ 2017–18 research project, supported by the Danish Arts Foundation. Amongst other findings, the report highlights the value of new teaching approaches and partnership-working between instrumental and primary school teachers. It also calls on Danish music and public schools to work together to provide more children and young people with opportunities to participate in instrumental music learning in groups.

To support this, Charanga’s new state-of-the-art platform provides award-winning digital teaching materials, inspirational content and training programmes. It includes a suite of bespoke resources designed to help practitioners to teach the foundations of musical understanding to children aged 7–9 and six pre-instrumental courses. Over time, it will also serve as an online portal for professional development; a forum for teachers and teaching assistants to share their experiences, new approaches and fresh ideas.

For further information or to set up an interview, please contact:
Tony Pinkham, Head of Marketing and Communications at Charanga
Telephone: +44 (0) 7711 888 655

When approached by Janice Pounds, Director of the Accent Music Hub in Warrington, England, and her partners at the Nachod Music School in the Czech Republic, it was clear that Charanga could use its expertise to bring their groundbreaking teaching approaches to the widest possible audience in the UK. To fulfil an EU Erasmus+ funding application, the group then collaborated with colleagues in Denmark; with those encouraging partnership-working between public schools, orchestras and bands, and music school teachers. Out of this came MECLA – the Music Education Cultural Learning Alliance. Today’s launch showcases the first fruits of the partnership – a suite of materials aimed at teaching children the foundations of musical understanding and the technology underpinning them.

Pre-launch event
A special pre-launch event took place at Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens on 3rd June. At the event, the CPO, Edegal school children (pictured) and their music teachers performed an orchestrated version of Name Song, a piece written by Charanga’s Head of Learning, Joanna Mangona, and composer Pete Readman. Some brief highlights are captured here.