Summary of the Autumn 2018 MusiQuE Board meeting

08 January 2019

On 11-12 December 2018 the MusiQuE Board held its Autumn meeting in Brussels. The Board discussed a wide range of issues, including:

Composition of the Board
The Board welcomed Timo Klemettinen, the managing Director of EMU, who is replacing Helena Maffli as EMU-mandated member of the MusiQuE Board.
Current Board member Gordon Munro was nominated by AEC’s General Assembly to serve for another three-year mandate in the capacity as Board member. The vote took place during the AEC General Assembly on 10 November 2018 in Graz, Austria.

Peer-reviewers register and MusiQuE Training Session
The Board considered the feedback received after the last edition of the annual training session for peer-reviewers, which took place 7-8 November in Graz, Austria.
In the aftermath of the MusiQuE Training, 12 applications from peers with an interest in being listed on the Peer-reviewers Register were accepted.

External review procedure for EQAR registration
The Board discussed the upcoming application of MusiQuE for the renewal of MusiQuE’s registration on the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) and agreed on the timeframe for the actions which will be taken in the coming months.
MusiQuE’s current registration on EQAR is valid until 2020.

Consideration of Review Reports
The Board scrutinised the review reports that had been finalised since the last Board meeting in March 2018. For reports of Quality Enhancement Reviews, the consistency with, and relevance to, the review standards was considered. For accreditation procedures, the Board checked if the justifications listed by the review team for each standard supported the proposed level of compliance with that standard. The Board then took the final formal decision on the accreditation of the institution/programme/joint programme based on the proposal of the Review Team.

The reports resulting from the following procedures were considered:
1. Institutional review, Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid (RCSMM), Spain (Site-visit 12-14 March 2018)

2. Institutional accreditation, Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Russia (Site-visit 4-6 December 2018) in cooperation with NCPA (considered during skype meeting on 11 February 2019)

3. Programme review, Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, Belgium (Site-visit 13-15 May 2018) (considered during skype meeting on 11 March 2019)

4. Programme review, Malmö Academy of Music, Sweden (Site-visit 30 September-2 October 2018) (considered during skype meeting on 11 March 2019)

Strategic Plan
The Board discussed the Strategic Plan of MusiQuE, consisting of three main pillars
1. Turning MusiQuE into the “go-to-provider” for external quality assurance in higher music education
2. Providing the music-specific dimension of quality assurance
3. Strengthening MusiQuE’s organisational structure

The final version of the Strategic Plan will be adopted by the Board during the upcoming Board meeting in May 2019.