The Faroe Islands has entered into a unique partnership with the French web-based music-learning platform, Meludia. Starting April 9, 2018 access to the Meludia platform will be made available free of charge to every resident and visitor to this remote island nation of 50,000 inhabitants, offering music literacy to the entire population. The Meludia platform has been translated into Faroese, making this the first complete music-learning tool ever created in the Faroese language.
The internationally known Faroese composer, Sunleif Rasmussen, upon discovering Meludia, immediately recognised its strong pedagogic qualities and novel, cutting-edge approach to developing music perception, auditory skills and acquiring the fundamentals of music. He saw in Meludia the ideal tool to bring music literacy to every resident in his homeland and brought this project to the attention of Faroese Prime Minister Aksel V. Johannesen who, together with Faroese Minister of Education, Research and Culture Rigmor Dam and Faroese Parliamentarian Hanna Jensen championed this initiative and helped bring it to fruition.
Sunleif Rasmussen, the Meludia Ambassador for the Faroe Islands said, “Meludia allows a person to learn the fundamentals of music through play and gamification. Meludia is both for beginners and professionals, and everything in between.”
Rigmor Dam, Minister of Education, Research and Culture of the Faroe Islands said, “the aim of Meludia is to allow children and adults to acquire music literacy, much in the same way as they learn to read, write and speak a foreign language. I want to wish all users in the Faroe Islands a welcome into the world of music.”
Hanna Jensen, Faroese Parliamentarian and French Consul said, “the best part of this is that Meludia is available in Faroese, thereby making it available and accessible to all people in the Faroe Islands.”
In connection with the launch in April, a Meludia team will spend one week visiting many regions of the Faroe Islands, introducing the platform in public schools, music schools, the university, community centers, retirement homes, the hospital and to people with special educational needs. This roadshow aims at raising public awareness of the importance of music literacy, introducing the Meludia platform and its more than 600 exercises to as many Faroese residents as possible, irrespective of their social status and music background.
Meludia CEO Bastien Sannac said: “We are extremely grateful to Meludia Ambassador Sunleif Rasmussen for having the vision and determination to bring this project to the attention of the Faroese Government. This unprecedented initiative by a major Faroese composer will raise global awareness of the importance of offering music education to all.”