Student Forum (SF)


Contact Person: Dr Marina Gall:

EAS Student Forum Team 2018/19

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


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

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

Prof. Dr. Bernd Clausen (Hochschule für Musik, Würzburg, DE)

Dr Marina Gall (University of Bristol, School of Education, UK)

16th International Student Forum 2018: Jelgava, Latvia

We are very pleased to announce the 16th International EAS Student Forum in 2018, which is to take place 13 -16* March 2018 prior to the 26th EAS Conference in Jelgava, Latvia (14-17 March 2018).                                                 *or 17th see below

The Student Forum offers student teachers opportunities to share and exchange their experiences and views of music teacher training, and to explore and discuss issues which impact upon the future of music education in schools and beyond. The key questions will be very closely connected to the focus of the main conference.


Teaching songs from students’ own countries


The theme of the Student Forum is the same as that of the conference:


There will be three elements to the programme:

  1. Practical and creative music making through sharing examples of musical activities and repertoire from students’ own context, and creating new music together.
  2. Discussion focused on the Student Forum theme (learning outcomes within music education) and students sharing their different experiences, and perspectives on learning to become a teacher in their own country.
  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.


Group work


There are 25 places available (for 6 students from the host country, Latvia, and for 19 participants from other EU countries). Participants are provided with 3 nights accommodation free (Tuesday–Thursday nights inclusive) although, for about 10E, they can stay for an extra night – to take part in the rest of the main conference. The participants pay for meals and drinks themselves and it is expected that travel costs are covered by the applicant’s institution.

Applications will be coordinated by EAS National Coordinators. The deadline for application is November 27th, 2017. Notice of acceptance will be send out shortly after this. Priority will be given to the nominees from the countries/institutions which were not represented at previous Student Forums.

If you are interested in participating, please contact your National Coordinator. See the EAS website / About EAS / Member Groups / National Coordinators for further details:

And do try to stay on for the whole conference!

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


EAS Student Forum Team 2017/18:

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

Lisa Grüneis (Student Delegate, Mozarteum University, Salzburg, AT)

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

Prof. Dr. Bernd Clausen (Hochschule für Musik, Würzburg, DE)

Dr Marina Gall (University of Bristol, School of Education, UK)


The 2017 Student Forum (Salzburg)

The 15th EAS Student Forum was held from April 18th – 21st alongside the main conference. 27 delegates from 17 different countries exchanged ideas and songs from their home countries under the lead of Oliver Krämer (Rostock), Branka Rotar-Pance (Ljubljana), Lisa Grüneis (Salzburg) and Jonė Girdzijauskaitė (Vilnius).

After welcoming all the students with a traditional Austrian song, the introduction round was started. In the evening, special food from different countries at the “Buffet of the Nations” was shared and the students got the chance to get in contact with other delegates. The next day started with the workshop “Amadeus” held by Elisabeth Wieland (Salzburg), where they got an insight into the life and music of Falco. After the “Musical City Tour” through the old town of Salzburg the students participated at the opening ceremony.

The Keynote by Susan O’Neil formed the basis for the following theoretical discussion on the topic. As preparation for the Student Forum Workshop, traditional songs and warm-ups were shared in small groups and selected afterwards.

On the last day of the Student Forum, the delegates held a motivating and inspiring workshop for all conference participants. After the notes and reflections, the Student Forum was over, but what stayed were new ideas, perspectives and friendships

I have the feeling I’m very welcome!

You get to learn new things, develop what you already know and meet great people the whole way through.

I learned that every child has a different background and identity and you as a teacher should realize that.

Such a great opportunity to improve your teaching skills and working together.

I got some useful ideas about powerpoint presentation making and skills.

This was a great Student Forum, with a lot of input and materials, what we can use in our profession as a teacher.

It is great, that so many different people from different cultures, backgrounds and educations can share food and talk about our passions and thoughts in a very informal and comfortable way.

This is the power of music, it creates deep connections between people, even when people are different.

It was amazing to share all the songs and activities that we had prepared in our own countries. Singing in same foreign language was a challenging experience!

Totally motivating, inspiring conference. As many students as possible should join this Student Forum.

(Student Forum Diaries, Salzburg, 2017)

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Reports of previous student fora