Webinar "European Agenda for Access to Music Education"

5 February 2021, everywhere online

European Agenda for Access to Music Education

Music education is key for a sustainable future of both our societies as well as for music as an art form and as a social practice. Representing the entire range of institutional music education from kindergarten to higher education on a European level, AEC, EAS and EMU have once more joined forces for this webinar to set common pathways for the future of music education and to discuss the challenges this might pose. Key concepts such as diversity, reaching out to new audiences, social relevance of music and music education, smart and creative use of digital means will be discussed during presentations and breakout groups. Participants will be able to update their knowledge and to exchange views on these topics during this 90-minute, interactive webinar which is meant for teachers and senior management staff in all kinds of music (education) institutions, musicians and other stakeholders in the music business, political decision-makers at national, European and international level, policy makers in the field of education and culture, and in general anyone interested in the future of music and music education.

The webinar was organised by AEC, EAS and EMU and was hosted by EMC and took place on 5 February 2021.

Joint Agenda and Shared Vision by AEC, EAS and EMU on Music Education & Access to Music Education

European Agenda for Music



Download the presentations used in the webinar

Who we are: AEC by Sara Primiterra

Who we are: EMU by Philippe Dalarun

Implementing the European Agenda for Music by Till Skoruppa

About SCHEME by Stefan Gies

Why music education matters by Stefan Gies


SCHEME Webinar - Timeline 5 Feb 10:30 - 12:00 CET



  1. Introductory words  
  2. Who are we?  
  3. The European Agenda for Music & SCHEME  

4. The scope of the webinar

 Why does musical education matter to everyone?
 Music education in the digital world
 Educating next generation music teachers

  5. Welcome words from Domenèc Ruiz Devesa, member of the European Parliament and its CULT Committee  

6. Breakout groups

♦ AEC on Excellence & Diversity as guiding paradigms for Higher Music Education:    contradiction or complement?

♦ EAS on Maintaining and promoting music as a compulsory subject in primary and secondary schools: sharing strategies

♦ EMU on group lessons vs. one-to-one

  7. Plenary summing up of the breakouts  
  8. Conclusions & Outlook  
  9. Closing  


Speakers at the webinar

Stefan Gies

Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC)

Stefan Gies has been the Chief Executive of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC) since September 2015. His work focuses on networking with other organisations active in the fields of music, art and higher education at European and international level, as well as on lobbying the institutions of the European Commission and the European Parliament. Stefan looks back on a career spanning more than 30 years as performing musician, music teacher, researcher, professor of music education and principal at German Higher Music Education institutions.

Prof. Dr. Isolde Malmberg

European Association for Music in Schools (EAS)

Prof Dr Isolde Malmberg is Professor of Music Education at the University of Potsdam, Germany, where she leads the study program for music education in secondary schools. She holds a Master’s degree in Music Education and French, and a PhD in Music Education. His research interests are mentoring in music, transcultural music education and practitioner research in music education. She has been the coordinator of the COMENIUS-3-Network meNet, is chair of the Editorial Board of EAS and EAS-board member for 6 years. Currently she is Vice President of the association.

Till Skoruppa

European Music School Union (EMU)

Till Skoruppa has been a music freak for as long as he can remember. Both privately as a concert organiser, touring musician and avid record collector as well as in his professional life that started with a master’s degree in musicology from the university of Bonn. His professional experience includes working as a radio promoter for an international heavy metal record label, as programme manager at the European Music Council (EMC) and as head of communication and marketing at the Bonn Classic Philharmonic Orchestra. He currently serves as secretary general for the European Music School Union (EMU), the European umbrella organisation of national music school associations representing over 6000 music schools from 26 European countries.

Sara Primiterra

Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC)

Sara Primiterra is Project and Events Manager of the AEC, which she joined in 2009. She is responsible for the activities, projects and actions in the field of internationalisation and transnational mobility. She represents the AEC in the management working groups of international cooperation projects involving the AEC as communication and dissemination partner and she is also responsible for the organisation of the main events and thematic platforms of the association.

Prof. Dr. Thade Buchborn

European Association for Music in Schools (EAS)

Prof Dr Thade Buchborn is Professor of Music Education at University of Music in Freiburg, Germany. He holds a teacher’s exam in Music and German, a PhD in Music Education and worked at different schools and Universities. Thade is interested in music making and composition in the classroom and multicultural learning. In his research he is using reconstructive methods and formats that combine research and development of educational practice. Thade is chair of the Organisation Committee of the 28th EAS/8th ISME European Regional Conference 2021 hosted by University of Education and University of Music Freiburg.

Prof. Dr. Thomas De Baets

European Association for Music in Schools (EAS)

Prof Dr Thomas De Baets is Professor of Music Education at LUCA School of Arts and KU Leuven. Belgium. He is currently Head of Music at LUCA School of Arts. He holds a Master’s degree in Music Education, a degree of Advanced Studies in Music Education, and a PhD in Music Education. His research interests are professional development, innovation and practitioner research in music education. He has been a board member of the EAS – European Association for Music in Schools since 2009, and is since 2019 the 10th President of the association.

Eirik Birkeland

Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC)

Eirik Birkeland is President of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC) and a member of the EMC Board.  He is a former Rector of the Norwegian Academy of Music and Co-principal bassoonist of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been chairing Expert Committees for restructuring the cultural sector’s contribution to the aesthetic subjects in Norwegian primary and secondary schools and for initiating a new curriculum for municipal schools of music and culture.

Philippe Dalarun

European Music School Union (EMU)

Philippe Dalarun (France) studied both literature and music. After obtaining the State Diploma as a violin teacher, he taught violin for eleven years at the Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne-Billancourt. He then obtained the Certificate of Aptitude for the functions of Conservatory Director. Head of the Conservatoire de Chantilly, he was then appointed Director of the Conservatoire de Taverny, a Music and Theatre school listed by the State. Vice-president of the Fédération Française de l'Enseignement Artistique (FFEA) in charge of relations with the French Ministry of Culture and International partnerships, he was elected president of the European Music School Union (EMU) in May 2018.

Whether at local, national or European level, Philippe Dalarun has been working for many years to develop and promote music and arts education, with a dual requirement of quality and openness to the widest possible audience

Sandrine Desmurs

Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC)

Sandrine Desmurs is a trainer and Information technologies manager in the Cefedem Auvergne Rhône-Alpes. She is responsible for the development of the establishment's information and communication technologies, in particular for the use of initial and life long learning programs. 

Since 2014, she has been in charge of implementing the e-training system for life long program. Her research work focuses on digital cultures and their impact on training and mediation actions, particularly in the musical field. In this respect, she conducts training courses on digital literacy and on digitization of learning and teaching process.

Since 2017, she has been a member of the working group dedicated to digitalization within the Creative Europe Strengthening Music in Society (SMS) project, a project led by the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC).

Domènec Ruiz Devesa

MEP, Member of the Culture and Education Committee

Domènec Ruiz Devesa has a degree in Law and Economics from the Carlos III University, in Political Science and Sociology from the UNED, and a master's degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, with a specialty in European Studies, and a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Economic Growth and Sustainable Development by UNED. He has been a consultant for several international organizations such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, or the Union for the Mediterranean, as well as international consultant for Oxford Policy Management and Family Health International, and think tanks such as Fundación Alternativas, and the Fundación Sistema.

He has been an advisor to the Minister of the Presidency (2011), an advisor to the Spanish Socialist Delegation in the European Parliament (2014-2018) and deputy head for Political and Parliamentary Affairs in the cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation. He is currently the Vice-President of the Union of European Federalist and a member of its Federal Committee and a member of the Executive Board of the Spanish Federal Council of the European Movement. In 2019, he was elected Member of the European Parliament, where he is the spokesperson for the Constitutional Affairs Committee and a full member of the Culture and Education Committee. He also carries out his parliamentary responsibilities from the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, as well as in the inter-parliamentary delegations with the Republic of Iraq, of which he is Vice-President, beside the delegations of Mashreq and Palestine.

Simone Dudt

European Music Council (EMC)

Simone Dudt studied cultural sciences in Hildesheim, Germany and Marseille, France focusing on Fine Arts and Music. She has been working for the European Music Council since 2004. Today, she is Secretary General of the European Music Council in dual leadership with Ruth Jakobi.

Ruth and Simone are responsible for EMC’s strategic development, for advocacy work in cultural policy, as well as for the planning and implementation of international cooperation projects.
One of the most relevant advocacy tools coordinated by the EMC in cooperation with a huge number of stakeholders across the European music sector is the European Agenda for Music.

From 2010-2014 Simone served on the Board of Culture Action Europe.

Ian Smith

European Music Council (EMC)

Ian Smith studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London before being appointed as Co-Principal horn with the Scottish National Orchestra in 1971. He also worked with the LPO, BBCSO, Philharmonia and the London Symphony Orchestra and was the Founder/Director of Scottish Brass. Ian joined the UK Musician's Union in 1993 and served as a Governor of the RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and on the Executive Board of the Musicians' Benevolent Fund. He was appointed as Head of Music at the Scottish Arts Council, then Head of Music and Intellectual Property at Creative Scotland, retiring from that post in 2016. Ian is currently the President of the European Music Council and also serves on the boards of Cryptic and the Red Note Ensemble.