European Association for Music in Schools

2022 Belgrade (RS) as Hybrid Conference Event

29th EAS Conference
hosted by the Faculty of Music University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia

May 18-21, 2022

Conference theme: “Music & Meaning”

Online access to the conference:

The 29th EAS conference was organized in the Kolarac University from 18th to 21st May 2022. Three important events were held within the 29th EAS conference: Student Forum, in the Cultural Center Parobrod from 16th to 19th May, Doctoral Student Forum, in the Kolarac from 17th to 19th May, and 25th Pedagogical Forum of Performing Arts annual international meeting in the Rectorate of University of Arts from 21st to 22nd May.

The conference topic was „Music and Meaning“. There were 259 participants (148 live and 107 online) from 27 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Germany, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA. There were 23 students participating in the Student Forum. They came from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Three conference days were organized in six sessions in the following halls in the Kolarac University: Milan Grol, Josif Pančić, Digital Gallery, Music Gallery, Small Hall and Library. There were 105 presentations: 72 research papers, 11 practice papers, 7 posters, 10 workshops and 7 symposia.

There were three keynote speakers: 1) Alexandra Lamont from Keele University in the United Kingdom, with the topic „Where do musical memories and preferences come from?“; 2) Adam Ockelford from Roehampton University in the United Kingdom, with the topic „Count Me In! Exploring Musical Meaning Across the Spectrum of Neurodiversity“; 3) Mihailo Antović from the Faculty of Philosophy in Niš, Serbia, with the topic „Multilevel Grounding: A Theory of Musical Meaning and Its Implications for Music Education“.

Opening ceremony took place in the Kolarac Concert Hall on May 18th. After the ceremonial speeches by the rectress of the University of Arts in Belgrade prof. Mirjana Nikolić, the EAS president prof. Isolde Malmberg and the president of Organizing Team prof. Milena Petrović, the concert was given by the Children Cultural Center Belgrade. The concert of the Children Choir Belgrade was held at the same venue during the closing ceremony on May 21st. Students of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade gave a concert on May 19th in the Residence of Princess Ljubica, while the concert of the Artistic ensemble „Stanislav Binički“ quintet was held in the Ethnographic Museum on May 20th, just before the conference dinner in the House of Army of Serbia. Participants visited music culture, choir and orchestra classes in Belgrade’s primary schools „Braća Baruh“, „Skadarlija“ and „Drinka Pavlović“, and First Belgrade’s Gymnasium.

Bachelor students of music education volunteered during the conference, but also performed their own vocal arrangements of some popular Serbian traditional, church and pop songs during coffee breaks. However, the most important and prominent member of the Organizing Team was a PhD student Sara Savović, who showed all the features necessary for organization: responsibility, conscientiousness and sacrifice, as well as a nice upbringing, kindness and a sense of community, but above all, a complete commitment to music pedagogy and a great love for music.

Keynote speakers
EAS Student Forum (SF) 2022
Doctoral Student Forum (DFS) 2022
Call for Papers (closed)

E-mail: eas2022@eas-music.org

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