European Association for Music in Schools

Keynote Speakers for Lyon 2023

We are pleased to announce the keynote speakers and their topics at the EAS Conference in Lyon in May 2023:  Gert Biesta, Laetitia Pansanel-Garric and Heidi Westerlund.

(Keynotes will be streamed online via YouTube Live Stream)

Gert Biesta: “Democratic music education between creativity and sensitivity: a world-centred approach” 
(Thursday, 25/May/2023, 9.00am – 10.00am)

( is Professor of Public Education in the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy at Maynooth University, Ireland, and Professor of Educational Theory and Pedagogy at the Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His publications focus on the theory of education and the philosophy of social and educational research, with a particular interest in teachers, teaching, teacher education, curriculum, arts education, citizenship education, and religious education. He has recently held visiting professorships at Uniarts Helsinki (Centre for Educational Research and Academic Development) and the University of Agder (departments of education, mental health, and fine arts). Recent books include World-Centred Education: A View for the Present (Routledge 2021) and Educational Research: An Unorthodox Introduction (Bloomsbury 2000).


Heidi Westerlund:  “Why should children compose ? From ego-logical to eco-logical rationality” 
(Friday, 26/May/2023, 9.00am – 10.00am)

is a professor of music education at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki. She has published widely in international journals and books and her research interests include higher arts education, music teacher education, collaborative learning, cultural diversity and democracy in music education. She is the co-editor of for instance Collaborative learning in higher music education (2013) and Expanding Professionalism in Music and Higher Music Education–A Changing Game (2021). She is the Lead-PI of Music Education, Professionalism, and Eco-Politics (2021-25) which explores music teacher education in an age of uncertainty and eco-crises.


Laetitia Pansanel-Garric: “Composing music in order to create ashared performance starting from a diversity of musical practices in a pedagogical context – a composer’s point of view” 
(Saturday, 27/May/2023, 9.00am – 10.00am)

Trained at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et Danse in Lyon and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in Writing and Composing Music for film and media, Laetitia Pansanel-Garric has created the music of more than 70 films to date (Feature films, short films, documentaries, commissioned works etc.) including Pamfir, a fiction feature film by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk selected at the Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival. Double bass player, pianist and conductor, she conducts regularly concerts and cinema screenings with life music. 

She is holder of an agrégation at the Faculty of Music and Musicology of the Université Lumière Lyon 2 and divides her time between composing, researching, conducting the Lyon 2 University Symphony Orchestra and teaching, especially in the frame of the master’s degree « Music Applied to Visual Arts » at the Université Lumière Lyon 2. She is a doctoral student since 2018 and does research on the music of French animated films composed during the last 20 years.

She has been involved as a composer in residence for the « Chantiers de la création », an outreach program of the Auditorium-Orchestre National de Lyon, in partnership with the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional and the Service départemental de l’Education Nationale du Rhône in June 2021.


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