Student Forum (SF)

We are very pleased to announce the 17th International EAS Student Forum in 2019, which is to take place on May 14th – 17th 2019 prior to the 27th EAS Conference in Malmö, Sweden) (May 15th – 18th 2019).

The Student Forum (SF) has become an established part of the annual EAS conference and is proving to be a very successful activity – both for the students and also for the conference as a whole. As in recent years, in 2019, it will be closely connected with the congress activities: including EAS students in a key note speech and, should they so wish, in conference activities after the SF. The language of the Student Forum is English.

The EAS SF programme will include workshops, discussions, presentations and musical activities. The Student Forum starts on Tuesday afternoon 15.00 May 14th, and ends at 13.30 on Friday, May 17th 2019. However, SF participants can stay on for the rest of the conference free of charge is they so wish (see below for more information, including how this affects SF work). The aim of the Forum is to give student teachers the opportunity to share and exchange their experience and views of music teaching and music teacher training and to explore and discuss issues which impact upon music education in schools. The key questions will be very closely connected to central aspects of the main conference.

The theme of the Student Forum is in line with the main conference theme:

“The School I’d Like” – Bringing About Change in Music Education

There will be three elements to the programme:

  1. Practical and creative music making through sharing examples of musical activities and repertoire from one’s own context, and creating new music together.
  2. Discussion focused on the theme of the Forum and sharing the students’ different experiences and perspectives of learning to become a teacher in their own school system.
  3. Participation in selected conference activities, and group work.

Students will gain insight into each other’s ideas, approaches in music education and the school contexts of the different countries. The hope is that they will not only discover common ground, but also explore new perspectives, and thus develop a deeper awareness of their own context. We are sure that they will also come away with new friends, and a place within the EAS network.

Selection: The participating students should:

  1. currently be in the final year or years of their training to become a class music teacher in primary or secondary schools (i.e. not an instrumental teacher);
  2. be from the nominating country and not a student on an Erasmus exchange in the nominating institution;
  3. be interested in European and international perspectives in music education and be able to prepare some materials in advance of the meeting;
  4. have the ability to communicate in English, since the whole programme of the Student Forum will be conducted in English;
  5. have the ability to work with others and contribute to debate;
  6. attend an institution that is willing to cover the travel costs.

If you are interested in taking part in the Studbnt Forum 2019 please make contact with your EAS National Co-ordinator (see

Contact Person for further questions: Andreas Bernhofer, PhD:


EAS Student Forum Team 2018/19

Māra Vaickovska (Student Delegate, Latvian Academy of Music, Riga, LV)


Alexander Palmgren (Student Delegate, Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University, SE)

Picture Alexander Palmgren cut

Hanne Orrenmaa (Nurmo High & Secondary School, Seinäjoki, FI)

picture Marina Gall

Prof. Dr. Bernd Clausen (Universität Siegen, DE)


Teaching songs from students’ own countries

Workshop (at a main EAS conference) led by the Student Forum

The Student Forum International Supper


Reports of previous student fora