Estonia has signed a unique and ground-breaking partnership with the French web-based music learning platform for pre-solfege and ear training, Meludia.
Starting December 1 2015 and throughout the entire month of December, access to the Meludia platform will be made available free of charge to every citizen and resident of this Baltic nation of 1.3 million inhabitants, offering this new music literacy programme to the entire population. This unique project culminates the ‘Year of Music in Estonia’, a major celebration throughout 2015.
Estonia, known worldwide as a high-tech superpower, has long been a developer and advocate of using innovative technological tools for government and social services. This is now extending into the sphere of music education and in so doing will give nationwide access to music learning on an unprecedented scale.
Despite its size, Estonia is recognised as a major force in the world of music. Apart from the renowned composer Arvo Pärt, Estonia has a long tradition of great composers, musicians and choral ensembles, as well as giant song festivals and choral events. The so-called ‘Singing Revolution’, that took place in the country between 1987 and 1991, was instrumental in Estonia gaining independence from the Soviet Union by spontaneous mass singing demonstrations and underlines the importance that music plays in the country’s history and identity.
The Paris-based French music education company, Meludia, began operations in 2012 and since then has garnered many prestigious awards, such as the Gold Medal at the 2014 International Concours Lépine for Innovation, as well as been placed as finalist for best music innovator at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas in 2015, among others. Its revolutionary approach to music learning through over 600 interactive music learning exercises has been recognised and endorsed by a growing number of world-famous soloists, orchestras and conservatories, among them renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti; acclaimed cellist Leonard Elschenbroich; leading German violinist Linus Roth and by professors at MIT in Boston and the Sorbonne University in Paris. The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia is currently in advanced discussions with Meludia for a deployment at the renowned institution.
Of this partnership with Estonia, Meludia CEO Bastien Sannac said: ”It gives me great pleasure to enter into this partnership with a country that considers music as an important part of its national identity and which has put music education at the forefront.”
The Estonian Minister of Culture, Mr. Indrek Saar, noted: “Estonia has celebrated ‘The Year of Music’ in 2015 and this partnership with Meludia is one of the highlights of the whole year. Meludia is a fun and innovative educational tool which helps people to increase their overall understanding of music and to appreciate the underlying principles and nuances of musical composition. I hope there is a lot to discover for all Estonians, regardless of their age and musical background.”
“Meludia is a phenomenal way to study the fundamentals of music in private. This system focuses largely on the users’ intuition and natural musicality, something often lost in many schools of musical training. Meludia is equally appropriate for advanced musicians as it is for beginners. The sounds are beautiful and of the highest quality, and visually it is a pleasure to use. I would highly recommend this programme to anyone eager to explore their inner musicality or develop their hearing in a natural and highly enjoyable way. Nicola Benedetti, concert violinist
Meludia is, without a doubt, THE indispensable music learning tool for every musician, no matter their level. It has turned a once tedious and unloved learning necessity into an intense and pleasurable experience. Kevin Kleinmann, Sorbonne University, Paris
Meludia is exactly what I’ve been waiting for, for the past 25 years, both for me and my students. Linus Roth, concert violinist and professorA video presentation explaining the Meludia Method can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjbQXfw4n7k and here is the link to Meludia’s website, where you can get a free trial: http://www.meludia.com