Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, 13-15 November 2014

The Future of European Higher Music Education: upholding tradition, promoting diversity and encouraging innovation

This year’s Congress addresses three issues of fundamental significance for leaders of higher music education institutions: tradition, diversity and innovation. For the conservatoires, music academies, music universities and Musikhochschulen of Europe, all three of these are all important, and yet to some extent they each pull us in a different direction. How to find a balanced and complementary relationship between them will be critical to securing a strong future for conservatoires and their training practices in the coming years.
Historically, it has been the European tradition of music training that has shaped many aspects of the structure and practices of institutions worldwide. Now, in a truly global landscape, where students have unparalleled freedom to choose where and how they study, diversity and innovation have an increasingly important role in influencing those choices. In this ‘market’ of higher music education, we are colleagues, but also competitors. It is important that we continue to sustain the spirit of cooperation and sharing good practice which has been a hallmark of the way AEC’s members engage with each other through the meetings and other actions of the Association.
In recent years, an essential element of this cooperation has been the strand of project work running through AEC’s activities. In 2004, the first ‘Polifonia’ project was launched. Since then, two further editions of ‘Polifonia’ have been coordinated by AEC and the third and last of these concludes in December. The congress is an excellent opportunity not only to share the latest outputs but also to celebrate a remarkable decade of collaborative and developmental work.
In January 2014 new EU programmes were introduced and the ERASMUS Networks, of which ‘Polifonia’ was an outstanding example, came to an end. AEC is committed to ensuring that the achievements of ‘Polifonia’ continue to be taken forward within the new structures and opportunities for project funding of ERASMUS+ and Creative Europe. In this respect, it has scored an early success by gaining a three-year grant under the Creative Europe scheme of ‘Support to European Networks’. The new project, FULL SCORE, takes forward many of the themes of ‘Polifonia’ and explores how these can be further embedded, both in the lives and work of conservatoires and in the ways that higher music education interacts with the cultural sector and society in general. In particular, FULL SCORE will enable AEC to make a significant contribution to the action proposed by the European Music Council of formulating a European Agenda for Music. We will be asking delegates to share with us in their reflections on how this might best be taken forward over the next three years.
To launch us on this reflection, we are delighted to announce that Enrique Barón Crespo, former President of the European Parliament and one of the key architects of the ERASMUS programme, will attend the Congress as keynote speaker. Sr. Barón Crespo is an enthusiastic supporter of music and currently holds the position of Chairman of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. Moreover, when he held the Presidency of the European Parliament, it fell to him to address the first meeting of a democratically elected parliament in Hungary in 1990. He is uniquely qualified to speak on the question of how not just European higher music education but Europe itself must strive at this critical point in its history to balance tradition, diversity and innovation to their mutual enhancement.
Next to the AEC Elections and the usual report on the AEC activities, part of the AEC General Assembly 2014 will be dedicated to informing members about the establishment of an independent European subject-specific review body for higher music education institutions and programmes: MusiQuE (Music Quality Enhancement). The AEC Quality Enhancement Committee, with the help of the ‘Polifonia’ Working Group on Quality Enhancement and Accreditation, has been working since 2011 on bringing AEC to the point where it is ready to launch this body. This is a step which will have enormous significance for AEC and there will be important presentations about the new review body during the General Assembly as well as a procedure to appoint MusiQuE board members.

AEC is supported by Creative Europe.


PDF Programme in English available here
Programme en PDF en langue française disponible ici
PDF-Programm in deutscher Sprache hier verfügbar


13-15 November 2014

The Future of European Higher Music Education: upholding tradition, promoting diversity and encouraging innovation


Thursday 13 November

‘Polifonia’ Seminars, Newcomers Session, Opening Event

N.B: simultaneous translation for activities on Thursday is not provided

09:00 – 15:00 Pre-Congress Workshop

Introduction to MusiQuE – Music Quality Enhancement: Foundation for Quality Enhancement and Accreditation in Higher Music Education and training for peer-reviewers

09:00 – 15:00 Pre-Congress Polifonia Workshop on Assessments and Standards: exercises and group discussions

16:00 Registration starts

Optional Guided Tour of the Academy in EN, FR, DE;

Coffee and Refreshments available Main Building Academy

15:30 – 16:45 AEC Council Meeting

[for AEC Council members only]

16:45 – 17:45 Welcome to Newcomers

with members of AEC Council and AEC Office Team

18:00 – 19:00 Opening event

(simultaneous translation not provided)
Music introduction by students of the Liszt Academy;
Words of welcome by:
HE Dr János Áder, President of Hungary (his Letter of Greetings to be read out)
Andrea Vigh, Director of the Liszt Academy
Representative of the Hungarian Public Authorities
Pascale de Groote, AEC President
Mark Wait, President of the National Association of Schools of Music USA (NASM)

19:00 Buses to the Boat Europa

20:00 Dinner

with Music and departure of the cruise on the Danube

Friday 14 November

Tradition, Diversity, Innovation: working for European higher music education, through ‘Polifonia’ and beyond

9:00 Optional Guided Tour of the Academy

in EN, FR, DE

9:30 Registration continues

Networking with coffee available

10:00 – 11:00 Plenary Session I

Music Introduction by the students of the Academy;

Introduction to the Day by Pascale de Groote, AEC President;

“Sounding out shared values: Towards a European Agenda for Music” – How music and culture reinforce the European values of tradition, diversity and innovation, Keynote Speech by Sr. Enrique Barón Crespo , Chairman of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and former President of the European Parliament

11:00 – 11:30 Plenary Session II

“Polifonia 2004 – 2014: The Distance Travelled and Fresh Agendas” – reflections on the project decade, an overview of the results and initial thoughts concerning the future, by Harald Jørgensen, Professor (Emeritus) of Education at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo and external evaluator of ‘Polifonia’ project 2011-14

11:30 – 12:00 Informal Networking with Refreshments, ‘Polifonia’ Poster Sessions and Exhibition

12:00 – 12:25 Snapshot’ Workshops on the Polifonia III outputs

One output per group presented to delegates (repeated 3 times)

1 – Assessment and Standards

2 – Artistic Research in Higher Music Education

3 – Quality Enhancement, Accreditation and Benchmarking

4 – Lifelong Learning: Educating for Entrepreneurship

5 – Mobility: Recognition, Monitoring and Joint Degrees Rooms TBA

12:30 – 12:55 Repeated

13:00 – 13:30 Repeated

13:30 – 14:45 Lunch

14:45 – 15:10 Plenary Session III

“Widening the Context: current themes and developments across higher music education and how, along with the outcomes of ‘Polifonia’, they might contribute to a European Agenda for Music” – introduction to the discussion groups by Jeremy Cox, AEC Chief Executive

15:15 – 16:15 Discussion Groups

A – “European Tradition and Global Innovation: how the great and older-established European schools can maintain their highly valuable legacy while opening innovative ways?” by Philippe Dinkel, HESGE, Genève and Andras Batta, Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest

B – “Changing perspectives: students as partners—the students shadowing project at RNCM” by Amy Webber, RNCM Student Union President 2012-14, Martin Harlow, Vice Principal (Academic), Colin Beeson, Student Shadowing Project Manager, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

C – “Innovative Conservatoire (ICON) seminars: introducing ICON’s approach and reflecting on its future”. by Helena Gaunt, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London

D – U-Multirank developments: Gero Federkeil, Centre for Higher Education Germany, Hubert Eiholzer, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano and Eirik Birkeland, Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo

E – “Europe’s music education networks: synergies and opportunities” by Adri de Vugt (EAS), Timo Klemettinen (EMU) and Jeremy Cox (AEC)

F – “Ensuring access to music education for all throughout Europe and beyond”, László Norbert Nemes, Director of Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music

16:15 – 16:45 Informal Networking with Refreshments

16:45 – 17:45 Discussion groups repeated

17:50 – 18:30 Plenary Session IV

“Beyond Polifonia: AEC project activity after 2014 in support of a European Agenda for Music” – the new AEC project, ‘FULL SCORE’, and the future landscape for collaboration between AEC, its member institutions and other European organisations for music, higher arts education and culture, by Pascale De Groote, AEC President

18:30 Optional Guided Tour of the Academy

in EN – FR – DE

Free Evening

Please see the List of Restaurants

Saturday 15 November

General Assembly

9:00 Guided Tour of the Academy

in EN, FR, DE (for non-voting participants only)

9:15 – 9:45 Registration for the AEC General Assembly

All active members need to sign up to get their voting form – Main Hall

09:45 – 11:15 AEC General Assembly 2014

Music Introduction by the students of the Conservatorio;
AEC General Assembly 2014;
Including presentation of the newly-created Foundation for Quality Enhancement and Accreditation in Higher Music Education: MusiQuE – Music Quality Enhancement and endorsement of MusiQuE Board members and appeals Committee member

11:15 – 11:45 Networking with Refreshments and voting

11:45 – 13.15 AEC General Assembly 2014, continued

13:15 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 15:45 Information Forum:

Presentations by AEC members;
Announcement of voting and election results – Main Hall

15:45 – 16.45 Regional Meetings with Council Members

Moderated by Council Members:
Birkeland and Hilden: Solti Hall
Carioti: Room XXIII
Eiholzer: Room XV
Kelleher: Room XVI
Kurzyński: Room XVII
Linowitzki Dome Hall
McLean: Room XVIII
Moreau: Room I
Narejos: Library
Schulz: Room V
v.d. Elsen: Room X

16:45 – 17:15 Closing Session

Announcement of the AEC Congress 2015;
Closing Remarks;
Main Hall

17:15 – 17:45 Networking with Refreshments


17:45 – 19:30 Free time – Optional Guided Tour of the Academy

in EN, FR, DE

19:30 Gala Concert

Main Hall

20:45 Buffet Dinner


Sunday 16 November

Optional Leisure Programme

Please see the detailed programme in EN, FR, DE

Online Registrations – LAST DAYS TO REGISTER!

for more information please mail

Please note that online registration is compulsory in order to attend the meetings


Information on Fee Payment

should you need an invoice, please email our Event Manager Sara Primiterra at

Category If the payment is made If the payment is made before October 10 after October 10

Representative of AEC €200 (+ €30 if attending a €300 (+ €30 if attending a
member institution Polifonia pre-Congress Polifonia pre-Congress
workshop) workshop)

Representative of non- €400 €500
member institutions

Student from an AEC €150 €210
member institution

Other student €200 €300

The participation fee includes:

• conference documents
• participation to all plenary and parallel session
• participation to the networking moments
• simultaneous translation in English, French and German of all plenary sessions on Friday 14th November and Saturday 15th November
• possibility to display information brochures posters and materials about AEC members institutions
• Coffee Breaks
• Two organized Dinners (Thursday 13 and Saturday 15)
• Two organized Lunches (Friday 14 and Saturday 15)
• Shuttle bus service to the Europa Boat for the Dinner and Cruise on the Danube (Thursday 13)
• Concerts organized by the hosting institution
• Assistance by the AEC Office Staff

The participation fee will not be reimbursed for cancellations notified after October 10

Bank details for payments

BNP Paribas Fortis
Kantoor Sint-Amandsberg, Antwerpsesteenweg 242
9040 Sint-Amandsberg, Belgium
Account Holder AEC-Music
IBAN: BE47 0016 8894 2980

When making the transfer, please clearly quote:

• Invoice number
• the code of the event (Congress 2014)
• the last name of the participant
• the name of your institution (if fitting)
Example:,Congress2014, Smith, Gotham Conservat




mark wait aec remarks 11 14.pdf

a heritage and innovation geneva case.pdf

teaser budapest en final.pdf

election of aec executive committee and council members fr.pdf


aec speech ebc in budapest rev for website.pdf

Practical information

participation fees aec congress 2014 en.pdf

hotel information form final en budapest congress 2014.pdf

jj travel bursaries 2014en.pdf

participation fees aec congress 2014 fr.pdf

hotel information form final fr budapest congress 2014.pdf

travel bursariesfr.pdf

teaser budapest de final.pdf

participation fees aec congress 2014 de.pdf

hotel information form final de budapest congress 2014.pdf

travel bursariesde.pdf

hotel form ibis budapest city.pdf

hotel form continental zara.pdf

hotel form hotel nemzeti.pdf

hotel form mercure metropol.pdf

hotel form novotel budapest centrum.pdf

Programme and Reader


programme en aec congress budapest 2014 final.pdf

optional leisure programme sunday 16 november.pdf

teaser budapest fr.pdf

programme fr aec congress budapest 2014 final.pdf

programme optionnel dimanche 16 novembre.pdf

programme de aec congress budapest 2014 final.pdf

zusaumltzliches freizeitprogramm sonntag 16 november.pdf

reader congress budapest 2014 de final version 2.pdf

reader congress budapest 2014 fr final version 2.pdf

reader congress budapest 2014 en final version new.pdf


polifonia 2004 2014 presentation aec harald final.pdf

introduction to discussion groups by jeremy cox.pdf

beyond polifonia full score and a european agenda for music by pascale de groote.pdf

b shadowing project at rncm.pdf

c icon seminar.pdf

d multirank.pdf

e music education networks emu eas aec.pdf

slides information forum and closing session.pdf

list information forum budapest.pdf

newcomers session congress budapest.pdf

General Assembly

election of aec executive committee and council members en.pdf

election of aec executive committee and council members de.pdf

Invitation Letters

invitation letter budapest congress en final.pdf

invitation letter budapest congress fr.pdf

invitation letter budapest congress de.pdf