Report of the 26th EAS Conference 2018
Conference theme: “Competences in Music Education”
Riga/Jelgava, Latvia, 14 to 17 February, 2018.
The 26th EAS Conference ”Competences in Music Education” took place in Jelgava, Latvia from March 14 to 17, 2018. The Conference was organized by the Jelgava City Council, the Jelgava Education Department and the EAS.
This was a wonderful opportunity to host the conference the same year Latvia celebrates its 100th anniversary. Nearly 250 delegates came to Latvia to share their knowledge and experience as well as to gain new. It was mostly music teachers from Europe attending the conference, but also delegates and guest speakers from Australia, USA and UK were present. Four days of presentations, lectures, school visits, concerts, debates and discussions made this EAS conference another great one! Almost 300 students were involved in school visits and performances during the opening ceremony of the conference.
This EAS conference was another good example of developing international links – 5 international symposiums took place during the conference to develop cooperation and strengthen the music education in Europe. The content of the 26th EAS Conference was very enriching – there were 21 practical workshops, 60 lectures of practice and research papers and 9 high quality concerts in only 4 days. Young music teachers were invited to take part in the Student Forum, while 10 PhD students took forward their research during the Doctoral Student Forum. An important role to the conference theme was played by the 3 keynote speakers – Prof. Dr. David Elliott, Prof. Dr. Martin Fautley and Prof. Dr. Manuels Fernandez. Thank you to all the people involved in making this another outstanding EAS conference.
Looking forward to see all of you in Malmö in 2019!