METRIC (Modernising European Higher Music Education through Improvisation) is an ERASMUS funded collaboration between fourteen European Conservatoires, running between 2015 and 2018. The aim of the project is ‘to improve the employment opportunities for future music graduates through the pedagogical, entrepreneurial and artistic development of higher music education studies in the area of improvisation’.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is proud to host the project’s third Intensive Programme. This eight-day event will continue the work of bringing together teachers, students and leading experts with different musical backgrounds in order to work out new and effective methods for the learning and teaching of musical improvisation. Each day of the programme will offer a range of activities, including facilitated small ensemble improvisations, workshops on specific techiniques, research seminars, performances, and open spaces where teachers and students can explore their improvisatory practice together.

Teachers so far confirmed include Núria Andorrà, Tilo Augusten, Christoph Baumann, Nicolaas Cottenie, Karst de Jong, Paul Dinneweth, David Dolan, Agustí Fernández, Alistair MacDonald, Urban Maeder, Bert Mooiman, Libero Mureddu, Anto Pett, Anne-Liis Poll, Yves Senden, Aaron Shorr, Jaak Sikk, Max Tabell, and J Simon van der Walt.

The participating institutions are the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Tallinn (project coordinator), the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama London, the Sibelius Academy Helsinki, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, the Universitatea Nationala de Muzica din Bucuresti, the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, the Lietuvos muzikos ir teatro akademija in Vilnius, the Norges musikkhøgskole in Oslo, the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Music Academy of the University of Gothenburg and the Musikhochschule Luzern.