European Association for Music in Schools

Call for Papers – Dublin 2024

31st EAS Conference 12th – 15th June 2024

hosted by TU Dublin Conservatoire, Ireland.

Conference theme: “Traditions in Transformation”

The pace of change in society, technology and in schools has accelerated since the beginning of the millennium. These changes give us the opportunity to rethink our traditions and challenges us to transform them. In schools such changes are evident in: the demographic makeup of the classroom; the ways in which young people consume, make and create music; the ways in which music is taught and transmitted; etc.

The theme for 31st EAS Conference in Dublin, “Traditions in Transformation”, invites music educators to examine and reflect on what music learning and teaching looks like in the contemporary classroom:

  • How can we challenge the traditions surrounding the learning and teaching of music to be transformative?
  • How can music education meet the challenges of the contemporary classroom?
  • How can we recognise and enhance the potential of traditions that are already transformative for young people?

You are invited to submit proposals around this conference theme focussing on the following areas:

  • Curriculum and pedagogy in transformation
  • Agency, equality, diversity and inclusion in the music classroom
  • Music traditions, genres and the curriculum
  • Traditions and transformation in music teacher education
  • Transforming teacher professional development
  • Technology in the music curriculum

The European Association for Music in Schools brings together music educators, student teachers, teacher educators, artists and researchers who are committed to developing and improving music education throughout Europe and beyond.

The Dublin Conference will offer opportunities to continue to develop our strong European network and to establish new networks, to share ideas, to discuss traditions, transformations and innovations and to listen to and make music within a warm and welcoming environment. Join us for a broad range of paper presentations, symposia, open sessions, workshops, special focus groups and concerts.

Proposals are invited for:

  • Research papers (20 + 10 minutes discussion)
  • Practice papers (20 + 10 minutes discussion)
  • Symposia (90 minutes)
  • Workshops (45 or 90 minutes)
  • Posters

Please submit your proposals on our conference platform:

Deadline for receipt of submissions: Monday 4th December 2023

Overall quality criteria for submissions include: how well the submission relates to the conference theme Traditions in Transformation, 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. A symposium should comprise 3 to 6 participants. In addition to an overall abstract for the session, all presenters are expected to prepare an abstract up to 300 words each. 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. Volume No. 14 in the EAS book series “European Perspectives on Music Education”(EPoME) will be compiled based on the EAS2024 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 2024 EAS Conference Team are ready to assist you with any questions or concerns. Please contact us by e-mail at eas2024(at)

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