What is OMA?

What is OMA?

The Open Music Academy (or OMA for short) is a free website that serves two purposes:

The OMA offers an open learning platform for young and old or anyone interested in music. The idea is that musicians make their knowledge accessible to the public in the form of Open Educational Resources under Creative Commons licenses. Thus, they will enable anyone interested in music to learn free of charge. Inspired by Wikipedia, Stack Overflow and similar projects, the OMA aims to transfer the idea of openness to the subject of music.

The OMA platform offers a Learning Management System (LMS) for musical education and for this purpose provides protected areas in the form of private rooms. In order to finance the LMS, the storage space for private rooms will be subject to a fee once the funding period is over (predictably from summer 2024).

In 2021, the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich submitted the project proposal to the foundation Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre, went through a complex selection process and was chosen for a three-year grant.

From the proposal:

Die Innovationsidee des Projekts liegt in der Entwicklung einer digitalen Lernplattform unter offener Lizenz (MIT) für die kollaborative Zusammenarbeit von Lehrenden und Lernenden an hochwertigen Materialien zum Musiklernen. Im Gegensatz zu bisher existierenden Lösungen wird diese Lernplattform ganz speziell auf die Bedürfnisse des Musiklernens zugeschnitten sein (Online-Notation und spezielle Audio- und Video-Features). Das Projekt kann auf bisherige Maßnahmen (sehr gute technische Infrastruktur und Förderung einer Basissoftware unter MIT-Lizenz) aufbauen, soll einen offenen Bereich für OER sowie einen internen Bereich für spezifische Belange [...] aufweisen und sich aufgrund der freien Lizenzen (MIT, CC BY-SA) zur Skalierung in besonderer Weise eignen.

The innovative idea behind the project lies in the development of a digital learning platform under an open license (MIT), a platform that enables teachers and learners to collaborate on high-quality materials for learning music. In contrast to existing solutions, this learning platform will be tailored specifically to the needs of musical education (online notation and special audio and video features). The project can build on previous measures (very good technical infrastructure and funding for a basic software under MIT license). The platform should have a public storage for OER as well as a private storage for specific concerns [...] and is particularly suitable for scaling due to the free licenses used (MIT, CC BY-SA).

The OMA is based on and developed from the elmu website, which is supported by the non-profit association ELMU Education e.V. This project has been financed by donations raised by the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich since 2018.

Join the OMA!

The Open Music Academy will only be a success if as many musicians as possible get inspired by the idea of free learning and an open learning platform. The OMA may be an idea of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich and currently in the hands of a team that works full-time on building the platform between 2021 and 2024. But our ultimate goal is for the OMA to become a community project that is supported by as many people around the world as possible. Therefore:



Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kaiser (project management)
Dr. Ilka Mestemacher (communication)
Lukas Eichenauer (video)
Mathias Kupczyk (video)
Mani Vieregg (graphic design)

Theresa Ulbricht (software quality assurance)
Fridolin Ambach (software quality assurance)

Andreas Helmberger (software development)
Adriana Luchian (software development)

Contact the video team or
or the entire team at the HMTM
or the Educandu team.

Should you notice any errors when navigating the website, you Would help us by letting us know!
Please contact Theresa Ulbricht, Fridolin Ambach or Ulrich Kaiser.

License: CC BY-SA 4.0 (any later version)
Source: openmusic.academy, Article “What is OMA?”, https://openmusic.academy/docs/app1NPKFLLiKqCHJL1mXZP/about-oma-en, 09/28/2022, 3:02 PM
Contributions by: Ilka Mestemacher

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