Student Forum (SF)

We are very pleased to announce the 18th International EAS Student Forum in 2020, which is to take place on June 9th – 12th 2020 prior to the 28th EAS Conference in Padova, Italy (Conference dates: June 10th – 13th 2020).

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 2020, it will be closely connected with the congress activities: including EAS student forum presentation at the EAS conference.  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 14.00 June 9th, and ends at 13.30 on Friday, June 12th 2020. However, SF participants can take part for the rest of the conference free of charge. 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:

“Music for All”

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.


Contact Person for further questions: Andreas Bernhofer, PhD:



EAS Student Forum Team 2020

Diletta Bibbò (student delegate, Italy)

Diletta Bibbo'

Fleur  Neelen (stundet delegate, The Netherlands)

Portrait Fleur

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


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

picture Marina Gall

The Student Forum International Supper


Reports of previous student fora