Pop and Jazz Platform (PJP) Working Group


United in Diversity


Higher Music Education (HME) in Europe has changed over the last decades. Since broad international meeting grounds for the HME institutions often were on an executive level, often recruited from classical music, new programmes tended to be underrepresented. The establishment of the PJP in 2005 was to create a European meeting ground for these programmes within the membership institutions of the AEC.
Specific issues that concern certain programmes need to be addressed separately for the time being. Some of them go to the core of how music is made, earned and taught. In addition, we see an increase in genre diversity in the HME institutions.

Aims and profile

The goal of the PJP is to contribute to a better understanding, collaboration, and diversity within music and higher music education.

The PJP discusses and promotes educational, pedagogical, musical, and professional issues on the basis of the particular expertise and experience the PJP community possesses.

The PJP supports the development of jazz, pop, folk, world music, and related programmes in the AEC’s membership institutions.

The PJP promotes diversity in HME.  Genre diversity in HME may be a complex issue and pose challenges for the institutions. Other ways of categorising the field than by genre are possible, for example by differences and similarities in teaching/learning and in musical and artistic processes. The PJP will therefore in particular stimulate the discourse on the concept of genre, genre diversity, teaching and learning processes, self-perception and identities.

PJP organises meetings on a regular basis for these programmes in AEC membership institutions addressing relevant issues, at the same time providing a meeting ground for networking and the sharing of experiences among the programmes.

Being a platform within the AEC the PJP subscribes and adheres to the Vision and Mission of the AEC.

AEC Annual Pop and Jazz Platform meeting

The Pop and Jazz Platform (PJP) Working Group is in charge of the organisation of the AEC Annual Pop and Jazz Platform meeting. This event aims to promote and support higher education in popular music and jazz in the widest definition of those terms. Both popular music and jazz include a variety of subgenres and styles as well as specific performance, learning and cultural practices. However, we do believe that popular music and jazz as overall music forms are closely related through a set of common characteristics.

The Pop and Jazz Platform meeting 2021 took place ONLINE on 11-14 February 2021.

Previous editions of the PJP Platform meetings ( presentations, programmes, readers)  are available here.

PJP Working Group members:

  • Linda Bloemhard (Codarts, Rotterdam) – Chair
  • Paulina Gut (AEC Office) – WG Coordinator
  • Susanne Abbuehl (Royal Conservatoire The Hague)
  • Jere Laukkanen (Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences)
  • Anna Uhuru (Leeds College of Music, UK)
  • Mario Carrillo (Centro Superior Música Creativa Madrid)
  • Denis Vaudrin (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris)

Do you want to get involved, contribute or learn more?

Please contact  Paulina Gut – PJP Working Group coordinator.