European Association for Music in Schools

EAS Special 2023: Thank you, Isolde!

This post is to give thanks to Isolde Malmberg for her fantastic and committed work as President of the EAS 2021-2023.

Isolde’s first work for the EAS was in 2003 when, as a teacher, she hosted a school visit in Vienna. She then went on to be joint project lead on the EAS meNet project meNet- music education Network – A European Network for Communication and Quality Management in the Field of Music Education (2006-2009)  The EAS meNet project involved 26 institutions from 11 countries as active partners with about 90 institutions from 23 countries as associated partners, and mapped music education across 11 European countries as well as creating Learning Outcomes for Music Teacher Education that are still available on the EAS website

Isolde has also taken the lead on a number of initiatives: she set up and led the first EAS special focus group (Practitioner Research in Music Education (PRiME) and for many years chaired the Editorial Board for the EAS book series. In 2015, she was highly involved in the organisation and running of the EAS conference in Rostock. Isolde was elected as an EAS board member for two terms – 2011-2015 and 2019-2023 – acting as secretary, then Vice President.

In her role as President (2021-23) she has forged closer links with numerous key music education institutions such as IMC, ISME, AEC, EMU, Meer Muziek in de Klas, and the SCHEME group.

Through collaboration, and within the EAS itself, she has carried out important work on advocacy for music education. Her time as President also saw the start of EuDaMuS: the European Day of Music in Schools. She has led the board, and worked closely with conference hosts, to produce 2 highly successful annual conferences: in Belgrade and Lyon.

The Board and the EAS community send our thanks to Isolde for her warm-hearted, constructive, committed, highly organised and focussed work as EAS President.We are so happy that she will continue in the EAS Board as Past President!Further, by leading TEAM –Teacher Education Academy for Music. Future-Making, Mobility and Networking in Europe, she will collaborate closely with EAS that is an Associate Partner in this Erasmus+ Teacher Academies project.

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