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.
Comments from the Student Forum Diaries, Salzburg, 2017
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.