EAS announces and welcomes Special Focus Group (SFG) coordinators

EAS Special Focus Groups (SFGs) are working groups of EAS members. Each provides a forum for the involvement of individuals, drawn together by a common interest in a field of study, teaching or research. At this moment, there are 3 EAS SFGs, led by three SFG coordinators. On behalf of the EAS board, we would like to announce the names, and welcome these new SFG coordinators:

Jonas Völker (DE), PRiME Coordinator

Philipp Ahner (DE), DigiTiME Coordinator

Helmut Schaumberger (AT), SiME Coordinator.

For inquiries about SFGs, contact Sezen Özeke, EAS-SFG Coordinator (EAS Board) at sezenozeke@uludag.edu.tr 

EAS 2021 in Freiburg: Deadline extended!

Dear colleagues!
The deadline for the CfP for the 28th EAS Conference hosted by Freiburg University of Education and Freiburg University of Music has been extended by the organizers until November 1th, 2021.Please keep in mind that You will be able to participate online and/or in present!! We are looking forward to recieve Your submission! For further information please see below or visit the Conference website: https://eas-music.org/2021-freiburg/

Best wishes!

Thade on behalf of the Conference team & The EAS Board

EAS 2021 in Freiburg (GER): Call for Submissions

Next year’s EAS Conference will take place in the beautiful city of Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany from March 24 to 27, 2021. The conference theme is: “Music is what people do”   Due to the uncertainties we are facing in times of Corona we are planning a double-track: a live conference in Freiburg for all of you who are able to travel, as well as possibilities to join the conference in an online format. Please watch the conference trailer.   We are looking forward to meet You next year!

ISME board elections: the EAS community supports Natassa Economidou Stavrou

natassaEAS member and former board member Natassa Economidou Stavrou is a nominee for the board of ISME, the International Society for Music Education. We support her candidacy and invite those EAS members who are also ISME members to vote for her. Natassa is Associate Professor in Music Education and the Associate Head of the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. Good luck, Natassa!

EAS launches its online networking programme!

In the past few weeks, we have been exploring possibilities to keep our EAS network alive during the period June 10-13, the timeframe of the cancelled EAS2020 conference in Padova.

Below you can find a schedule of our online activities. We don’t have the ambition to replace the conference, but want to offer a few networking activities for the EAS community instead.

Register here

After registering you will receive an e-mail containing the links to the virtual rooms. We hope you will be able to join us in these sessions!

Wednesday June 10th

15.00-17.00 National Coordinators meeting (closed meeting)

Thursday June 11th

11.00 -12.30 Special Focus Group DigiTime meeting

14.00 -15.30 Special Focus Group SiME meeting

16.00 -17.30 Special Focus Group PRiME meeting

Friday June 12th

11.00-12.30 Music Teachers’ Associations meeting

14.00-15.30 “Singing in times of Corona” session (offered by SiME)

17.00-17.30 New EAS books presentations

18.00-19.00 EAS General meeting

Update (March 30) on COVID-19 and EAS2020 conference in Padova, Italy

Dear EAS community

We are sure that you’ll understand when we inform you that the EAS board and Padova University have decided to cancel the upcoming 2020 EAS conference, owing to the COVID-19 situation.

Anybody who has already paid their conference fee will be refunded in full.

Although we cannot run the conference, we are now exploring possibilities to keep our network alive during the period June 10-13, using online tools. News about these plans will follow shortly.

Whilst we are sad not to be running the full 2020 event, the EAS and Padova University intend to plan a new Padova conference in 2023.

Finally, we are deeply grateful to Padova University, and especially Michele Biasutti. for their support, flexibility and collegiality during these difficult past weeks.

Hoping that you and your loved ones are healthy and stay safe.

On behalf of the EAS Board
Thomas De Baets
President

Open Call for EAS National Coordinators (NCs)

The EAS announces an open call, among its members, for the positions of the National Coordinator, for the year 2020, for the following countries (applications by 15th of March 2020): Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Sweden.

EAS National Coordinator: Role Description and responsibilities

The ‘National Coordinators’ (NCs) represent the EAS at national level. They support music education activities and initiatives in their countries, and they communicate these activities at European level. They may cooperate in this with other representatives of the EAS, primarily with the EAS board members and with the NCs of the other countries.

The NCs should in principle be able to:

  • join the annual conferences
  • attend the annual NC-meetings prior to the conferences and report on national developments
  • present in the NC-Symposia during conferences
  • contribute to the website and sometimes to international projects
  • endeavor to build close cooperation with national and regional music education and music teachers’ associations in their countries
  • distribute information regarding nominations for the annual Student Fora (Student Forum and Doctoral Student Forum) and nominate activate participants from her/his country involving a broad range of colleagues and institutions.

Applications till 15th of March 2020

Please send your CV and a (short) “Letter of Motivation” for the position of the NC to girdzijauskiene.ruta@gmail.com (dr. Ruta Girdzijauskiene) by 15th of March 2020The selection will be made by the EAS board. All applicants will be informed as soon as possible!

Upon appointment an agreement is signed for the period of two years (2020-2021) by the NC, the EAS and the respective institution or association (i.e. university, school, association).

Criteria for selection: 

  • Contribution to EAS: The NCs would preferably be colleagues, who know about the EAS and are EAS individual members who have attended recent conferences and contributed to the EAS’s international work.
  • Professional Field and Country Network: The NCs’ professional field should be strongly related to music education in schools (e.g. specialized/certified music teachers, music teacher trainers, university music teachers) and should be well-known by music education networks, and recognized as good practitioners or well-known scientists in their countries.
  • Motivation: The NCs must be interested and engaged in developing our common European network for music education and help to motivate people and institutions within their country to participate in EAS conferences and become individual / institutional members.
  • English language: The NCs should, in principle, be able to communicate well in the medium of English.