Music 4 Rom

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Music for Rom is a project that brings music at the core of a methodology and innovative education practices intended to develop language and culture learning for Roma and non Roma teenagers. Based on the intervention of both Roma and non Roma professional musicians and pedagogues, the project has given me the opportunity to enjoy the great enthusiasm, virtuosity and inspiring realities of the Romani culture, through a deeply enjoyable  team work and love of music.

KA1MPR project (2013-2015)

Music4Rom is a project financed with the support of the European Commission that will promote Romani values to build intercultural bridges and educate teenagers in European citizenship through music.

“The idea behind the project was born from the realisation that, today, nobody realises (or remembers) that classical music was often inspired by Romani music. For many years, as a singer, musician and teacher, I studied the migration of the Romani people and became aware of the unequivocal and essential contribution that this beautiful and proud people has made to so-called European classical music. Thanks to this project, many, we hope, will discover with surprise and perhaps joy, the beautiful heritage left behind by Romani music and how it has inspired many of our greatest composers.”

Excerpt from “Le sillon des Roms” Jorge Chaminé



Project coordinator

International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation IYMF, Belgium


Partner countries

Romania, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Italy, France and Spain


Target group

At the heart of Musi4rom as primary beneficiaries are the Roma children and teenagers and their families of  living in the ghettos and the Roma camps  in Europe and the teachers, mediators and social and cultural operators, secondary target groups are all the Europeans that will be enriched by discovering the values transmitted by the Roma Music;



  1. Creating better awareness of Roma culture through the creation of a repository of immaterial Roma culture (music, songs and musicians) and the organisation of public musical events;
  2. Holding a 5 days Music Master class in Paris with 5 renowned musicians Paco Suarez, Ida Kelarova, Alexandru Marin, Jorge Chaminè, Carlo Dumont and 16 young musicians of Roma and non Roma background enabling the cross-fertilisation of experiences identified in the repository and related to Roma musical culture;
  3. Using the outcomes of the master class to create learning resources designed for the final target group;
  4. Improving the accessibility of learning opportunities for 300 Roma children and teenagers through educational workshops taking place in Roma settlements, schools, cultural centres in four European Union Member States;
  5. Enhancing Roma children and teenagers school’s attendance levels promoting learning skills through music along with the involvement of Roma mothers;
  6. Developing Roma adolescents key competences (KCs 5, 6, 8) for lifelong learning in the course of   educational workshops with the participation of young musicians and renowned  musicians of Roma and no Roma backgrounds;
  7. Enhancing self-esteem among Roma population through the organisation of local and European events with Roma artists acting as role models and celebrating Roma musical values;
  8. Developing effective methodological tools for at least 30 teachers and cultural operators/mediators in order to foster the acquisition (by 300 Roma adolescents) of literacy and linguistic competences building on practices created around Roma Music and Lyrics;
  9. Creating a 40 hour Musi4rom In-service training for stakeholders ( 20 teachers, mediators, cultural and social operators)


Project  description

The project intends to utilize the contribution of renowned musicians that will act as a “role model” to develop activities in four EU member states enabling Roma children and teenagers to build awareness of their cultural identity and acquire transversal key competences that can support their inclusion into the formal educational system. They will improve intercultural understanding through music and musicians.

The project creates a methodology and training course for teachers, mediators, social and cultural operators to:

  • develop key competences in children and teenagers of Roma and non-Roma origin through music;
  • prevent early school leaving and increase school attainment of Roma children and teenagers.


The phases of the project:

  1. Research phase aiming to create a repository of immaterial Roma culture (music and songs);
  2. Collecting and transfer of effective joined up practices using music to promote learning
  3. Setting up and piloting a methodology in 4 EU member states (Spain, Italy, Slovakia, Romania) in schools, cultural centres and Roma ghetto settlements.
  4. Creating the project e-training handbook
  5. Delivering of In-service training course for teachers, cultural/social mediators and operators


The project therefore will develop:

  • a repository of Romani music, songs and musicians
  • a music “Master Class” for 16 young Roma and non-Roma musicians trained by renowned musicians and singers
  • a methodological guide for teachers
  • educational workshops in 4 European countries (Italy, Romania, Slovakia and Spain) to develop a methodological guide for teachers
  • a kit to make musical instruments from recycled items
  • a mediation tools for cultural mediators, addressed to Romani mothers
  • an in-service training programme and a guide for participants
  • a press conference in Brussels
  • 7 public events at local and European level as well as webinars
  • 7 videos
  • multilingual promotional material
  • the project website


  1. Cinzia

    12 January 2015

    Thank you Teresa for uploading Music4ROM project, the Master Class in Paris where Roma and non-Roma musicians have played together was a great event!

    The Facebook group provides lot of information on the contribution of the Roma Musicians to the European Classical Music and also the YouTube channel where there is a selection of videos prepared by the Art4ROM partnership to enhance recognition and understanding of the richness of Romani music and its influence in the European musical culture.


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