Call for papers – Lyon 2023

30th EAS Conference /9th European ISME Regional Conference

Liberty, Equity, Creativity ! Innovating and inventing music in the classroom

May 24-27 2023 – Lyon, France

The European Association for Music in Schools brings together teachers, artists and researchers who are committed to developing and improving music education throughout the countries of Europe.

To build up a strong European network, we believe it is important to meet. But for three years now, due to the Covid-pandemic, this has often been impossible. The Lyon Conference is organized as a full live event, offering opportunities to share ideas, discuss innovations, create networks, listen to and make music. You can join manifold paper presentations, symposia, open session formats, workshops, special focus groups and concerts.

At the 30th EAS Conference in Lyon we want to discuss questions about “Innovating and inventing music in the classroom”:

  • Teaching approaches to foster childrens creativity
  • Group and classroom composing and improvising
  • Democratic approaches to childrens composing
  • Artistic freedom and its constraints
  • Current trends in composing among young people in and outside of school
  • Technology enabling composition and production
  • Teacher training for composing and improvising in class

Please submit on the Conference Platform  by November, 1st 2022
(login to ConfTool or create new login, then choose “Your Submissions”)

Submissions are invited for:

  1. Research papers (20 + 10 minutes discussion)
  2. Practice papers (20 + 10 minutes discussion)
  3. Posters
  4. Workshops (45 or 90 minutes)
  5. Symposia (90 minutes)

Overall quality criteria for submissions include: how well the submission relates to the conference theme “Innovating and inventing music in the classroom”, the relevance for the EAS network (music education in and around school work), and English proficiency (Only abstracts in correct English can be accepted).

Research papers (spoken):
Research papers are presentations of research projects. Empirical paper abstracts should include: background, aims, method, results, key references, and conclusions. Theoretical paper abstracts should include: background, aims, main contribution, implications, and key references.

Practice papers (spoken):
Practice papers present project reports, offering creative pedagogical ideas or explaining innovative approaches. Practice paper abstracts should include: theoretical background and context (characteristics of participants, time and place), aims of the project, method or pedagogical approach, activities, and outcomes.

Poster presentation titles and abstracts will appear in the Conference program. Presenters will be assigned designated times in the conference schedule. Poster abstracts should include: background, aims, method, results, key references, and conclusions. Specific information about poster dimensions and other requirements will be communicated to authors of accepted posters.

Information on workshops will appear in the Conference program and will be assigned designated times in the conference schedule. Workshop abstracts should include: background, aims, a short description of the activities, and implications for practice. Presenters may propose a 45 or 90 minute demonstration or workshop.

A symposium provides an opportunity to examine specific practice or research issues, problems, or topics from a variety of perspectives. Symposia may also use a panel discussion format. Symposia may be quite interactive: A large portion of the session may be devoted to activities such as discussion among the presenters and participants. Apart from the overall abstract, all presenters are expected to prepare an abstract up to 300 words each. Session submission include 3 to 6 participants. Symposia abstracts should include: meaningful presentation, discussion, and audience participation. Submitters propose their own chairperson.


Publications based on the conference theme may be published in two issues:

  • Conference Program. The abstracts of all accepted presentations will be published in the program.
  • European Perspectives on Music Education. A new volume in the EAS book series “European Perspectives on Music Education” (EPoME) will be compiled based on the EAS 2023 conference theme. The editors of the book will collaborate with the editorial board of the EAS. If you are accepted to present at the conference you will receive an invitation to submit an abstract of 1000 words together with the paper acceptance letter. The editors will also invite selected conference presenters and other experts from the thematic field to contribute.

Thank you for your continued interest in participating in the EAS Conferences. The 2023 EAS Conference Team stands ready to assist you with any questions or concerns. Please contact us by e-mail at


Open Call for Position of Staff Member of the EAS Doctoral Student Forum (DSF)

The position of a Staff Member for the DSF is available until 2026 (work relating to the EAS conferences of 2023 to 2026). The person selected will be expected to work with Andreas Lehmann-Wermser (DE) then take on the DSF Lead position for the conferences of 2025 & 2026.

Role Descriptor

See separate document: EAS DSF Staff Profiles. Please read carefully before making an application.

Key Criteria for Selection

  • Must have been an active member of the EAS for at least 2 years;
  • Must have already been involved in supervising doctoral students in music education;
  • Must have experience of work with an international dimension;
  • Must be concerned to enable the ‘doctoral student voice’.
  • Should be able to attend the Lyon EAS conference 2023 and to develop in advance the Doctoral Student Forum together with Andreas Lehmann-Wermser.

Secondary Criteria for Selection

  • Geographical spread: preferably having two staff members from different national scientific communities
  • Experience across differing approaches to research (e. g. methodologies)

Process for Selection

Please complete the DSF Staff Member application form and send to the board member overseeing the work of the DSF:

The closing date for applications is Friday 1st September 2022. The selection will be made by the Doctoral Student Forum team together with the EAS Board. Applicants should expect to be notified of the result by 30th September 2022. They should then be involved in preparations for the DSF in Lyon in May 2023.

Solidarity with Ukraine – Together we are strong

EAS, the European Association for Music in Schools, condemns the military aggression by Russian forces against Ukraine, a sovereign European state. We are saddened by the loss of life and human suffering inflicted by this unprovoked attack which has no place in the 21st century. 

Our thoughts go out to all those affected by this action including fellow music educators, Ukrainian and Russian students, academics, artists and researchers in music education who are working together peacefully all over Europe. We stand by them in solidarity. Networking, research and collaboration across borders can only flourish in freedom and peace.

March 15th is the European Day of Music in Schools (EuDaMuS). Our title song “Together” conveys EAS’s attitude: Together we are strong. We dream of peace in every land! Please join us in EuDaMuS!

Isolde Malmberg for the EAS board 

European Day of Music in School (EuDaMuS)

The EAS has initiated the European Day of Music in School (EuDaMuS) to enable children, teachers, parents and friends to celebrate music education. The theme for the first year of this event was “The Power of Music” – EuDaMus 2022, the date was MARCH 15th 2022.

The day included:

EuDaMuS song 2022 “TOGETHER” which which is available for everyone:

See the EuDaMuS 2022 video “TOGETHER” on Youtube

EuDaMuS virtual exhibition (Countries were invited to send up to 10 drawings / paintings on the theme of EuDaMuS 2022).

Contributions are constantly added to the EuDaMuS map !!

The EuDaMuS 2022 virtual event on March 15th 2022 included a collage of EuDaMuS 2022 created from photos sent in by participants. The European Association for Music in School has invited students, teachers, parents to participate in a virtual celebration of the European Day of Music in School. Join in, sing the EuDaMuS song with the whole Europe and celebrate music education. 

Follow EuDaMuS 2022 live on YOUTUBE on March 15th 2022 at 11:00 a.m. (Central European Time)!!!

To learn more or get involved please contact the EAS National Coordinator or representative of the Music Teacher Association in your country (see

The Board member and overall contact person for EuDaMuS 2022 is Rūta Girdzijauskienė

EuDaMuS – the European Day of Music in School on March 15th 2022

In 2022 EAS starts a new initiative – the European Day of Music in School (EuDaMuS), which aims to enable children, teachers, parents, and friends across all Europe to celebrate music education. With a hope to develop this event into an inspiring annual tradition, we announce a theme “The Power of Music” for a first year celebration.

EuDaMuS will be organized at the local, national and international levels to promote the personal, social and cultural value of music education. We invite everyone to join this celebration in various educational spaces and/or use music technology in the variety of ways you, your students, teachers, friends, and family enjoy most. You can participate by making music alone or together with peers and music professionals; listening to music live performances and/or music recordings; discussing the role of music in everyday life, society and culture; sharing music with family, friends, peers from other schools, cities, countries; meeting musicians, who inspire and fascinate; making music visible through drawings/installations/collages and of course, by recording, reflecting and sharing/writing about it all with the EAS community! 

EuDaMuS 2022 virtual event will be held on March 15th, 2022. All participants will be united by singing EuDaMuS song – a special commission for the celebration, which will be available for everyone. During the event, we will also open EuDaMuS virtual exhibition, which will contain inspiring artistic works on the theme of music education. To get involved, please contact the EAS National Coordinator or representative of the Music Teacher Association in your country (See The Board member and overall contact person for EuDaMuS 2022 is Rūta Girdzijauskienė We are looking forward to celebrating music and education together on the first EuDaMuS – European Day of Music in School!

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 2022, for the following countries (applications by 1st of May 2022): Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Spain.

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 1st of May 2022

Please send your CV and a (short) “Letter of Motivation” for the position of the NC to (Rūta Girdzijauskienė) by 1st of May 2022The 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 (2022-2024) 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.