MusiQuE and EAS signed a new collaboration agreement

Last week, MusiQuE and the EAS have signed a new collaboration agreement, which officialises the ongoing collaboration between the two organisations in order to foster and promote quality enhancement in music education at all levels.

Through this agreement, EAS will join MusiQuE as one of its partner organisations, joining the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), the European Music School Union (EMU) and the Performing Arts Employers’ Associations League Europe (Pearle*). Therefore EAS will also join the decision making processes within MusiQuE by having a seat in the MusiQuE Board. For this position EAS has nominated Past President Gerhard Sammer (HFM Würzburg), whose nomination has been unanimously adopted by the MusiQuE Board. MusiQuE welcomes the opportunity to further include the perspective of music educators in its work, through EAS’s expertise and also welcomes Gerhard in the MusiQuE Board.

More information: http://www.musique-qe.eu/news/musique-and-eas-signed-a-new-collaboration-agreement

5 February: Webinar on Music Education

Music education is key for a sustainable future of both our societies as well as for music as an art form and as a social practice. AEC, EAS and EMU cover the whole range of institutional music education from kindergarten to higher education, and will at this webinar jointly address challenges and opportunities of music education now and in the future. The webinar organised by AEC, EAS and EMU will be hosted by EMC and take place on 5 February 2020 from 10:30-12 CET. More information will come soon.

Please find more information on the EMC website.

Irena Medňanská – Epitaph

Irena Medňanská passed away on December 31, 2020, in Prešov, Slovakia. With her, the EAS as well as international music education is losing a renowned and deserving personality. Irena has helped shape the development of our association from the very beginning. She was an EAS board member for more than a decade and an EAS honorary member since 2016. She participated in nearly all EAS conferences and organized the EAS conference in 1996 at the University of Prešov. Irena has achieved special merits by strengthening Eastern European countries’ presence in the international music education discourse.

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Board elections 2021-2023

The bi-annual EAS board elections are to take place in March 2021. Those interested in becoming a board member should read the information document then complete the nomination form. (Please note that this requires the signed support of 2 other members of EAS.) The nomination form should be returned to Marina.Gall@bristol.ac.uk by 17th January.

ISME board elections: the EAS community supports Natassa Economidou Stavrou

natassaEAS member and former board member Natassa Economidou Stavrou is a nominee for the board of ISME, the International Society for Music Education. We support her candidacy and invite those EAS members who are also ISME members to vote for her. Natassa is Associate Professor in Music Education and the Associate Head of the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. Good luck, Natassa!

EAS launches its online networking programme!

In the past few weeks, we have been exploring possibilities to keep our EAS network alive during the period June 10-13, the timeframe of the cancelled EAS2020 conference in Padova.

Below you can find a schedule of our online activities. We don’t have the ambition to replace the conference, but want to offer a few networking activities for the EAS community instead.

Register here

After registering you will receive an e-mail containing the links to the virtual rooms. We hope you will be able to join us in these sessions!

Wednesday June 10th

15.00-17.00 National Coordinators meeting (closed meeting)

Thursday June 11th

11.00 -12.30 Special Focus Group DigiTime meeting

14.00 -15.30 Special Focus Group SiME meeting

16.00 -17.30 Special Focus Group PRiME meeting

Friday June 12th

11.00-12.30 Music Teachers’ Associations meeting

14.00-15.30 “Singing in times of Corona” session (offered by SiME)

17.00-17.30 New EAS books presentations

18.00-19.00 EAS General meeting

Update (March 30) on COVID-19 and EAS2020 conference in Padova, Italy

Dear EAS community

We are sure that you’ll understand when we inform you that the EAS board and Padova University have decided to cancel the upcoming 2020 EAS conference, owing to the COVID-19 situation.

Anybody who has already paid their conference fee will be refunded in full.

Although we cannot run the conference, we are now exploring possibilities to keep our network alive during the period June 10-13, using online tools. News about these plans will follow shortly.

Whilst we are sad not to be running the full 2020 event, the EAS and Padova University intend to plan a new Padova conference in 2023.

Finally, we are deeply grateful to Padova University, and especially Michele Biasutti. for their support, flexibility and collegiality during these difficult past weeks.

Hoping that you and your loved ones are healthy and stay safe.

On behalf of the EAS Board
Thomas De Baets
President