and GENERAL ASSEMBLY 6 & 7 November 2020

Going On(line) – Connecting Communities in the Digital Age

This year everything is different. In our private as well as in our professional life, we are faced with new and unexpected challenges. We were forced to get away from the way of social interaction we were used to, and only then many people realised how crucial these are to our quality of life. The pictures we have seen last spring are burned into our memories. Our sympathy goes especially to the victims of the pandemic and their families. But COVID-19 also has disastrous consequences for many of those who have survived the crisis without damages to body and soul. Especially many freelance musicians and many other professionals and workers of the music and, more in general, cultural and events sector, have lost their sources of income overnight. Compared to this, most AEC member institutions got off fairly lightly.

As institutions that are as a rule subsidized by public funds, their very existence was never really at stake. This also entails a very particular responsibility. We can’t just wait for a vaccine to come or for the epidemic to vanish in thin air and then go back to our old habits. Especially in times of crisis, Music HEIs have a special responsibility to guarantee a high level of learning and activities teaching and appropriately prepares students not only to cope with the challenges of the future, but also to proactively shape further developments. The AEC Annual Congress 2020 is a very special congress that forces organizers and hosts to break new grounds. When it turned out to be obvious that we had to give up our original plan to hold the congress in Antwerp, we were and still are happy and incredibly grateful for the commitment of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw) to fill in at short notice. Mdw has outstanding facilities and technical infrastructures and spontaneously agreed to take the risk of hosting an AEC Congress whose precise course of events might only be known at the last minute.

It seemed reasonable to address the special challenge that is triggered by this special time in terms of content at this congress, but also to link it in a meaningful way to the leitmotif of AEC’s current Creative Europe project: Strengthening Music in
Society. Albeit in a form adapted to the technical and communicative possibilities of online transmission, this AEC Congress 2020 will aim, more than ever, at connecting communities and constituencies that are divided by physical distance – among other barriers – and are therefore more and more in need to communicate, exchange, confront and collaborate. As usual and despite the constraints given by the situation, the AEC Congress will offer a whole gathering of workshops, discussion forums, best practice presentations, panels and plenaries to work together to find constructive and forward-looking solutions.

This congress should, however, also give space to try out new forms of presentation and communication. This does not include only the use of chat rooms, but also teleconferencing systems that enable musical interaction on the Internet. Via LoLa, Milan and Tallinn will be connected to Vienna as part of a pan-European network and acting as co-hosts of this year’s AEC congress. With this in mind, you are warmly welcome to join the AEC Congress 2020 to explore new ways together with the AEC family in search of the role of Music HEIs in tomorrow’s


Information on the
Participation Fees Early Bird Deadline:
19th of October 2020

Participation fees can be paid
in the following ways: – Manual
Payment by Bank Transfer before the event (preferable) –

Ideal, Credit Card, Paypal and Bankcontact Systems Online at the end of the registration process only For more information and invoice requests please mail Sara Primiterra at events@aec-music.eu .

Fees AEC Congress 2020 per participating INSTITUTION

Please note that each single participant is required to register to the online event but the payment is arranged per institution.

Category ONLINE Participation

Payment and Registration BY October 19th

ONLINE Participation

Payment and Registration AFTER October 19

Up to 10 representatives of an AEC member institution (staff andstudents) 180
euros per institution
euros per institution
Up to 10 representatives of a non-AEC member (staff and students) 480
euros per institution
euros per institution
Please note that, should on-site participation in Vienna (and/or possibly in Milan and Tallinn) become possible, participants willing to take part in the Congress onsite will be required to pay 100 extra euros for the organized meals, conference package and onsite arrangements.
The possibility of onsite participation will be notified to registered participants by Friday 23rd October.

The participation fee will not be reimbursed for cancellations notified after October 19th 2020.

Bank details for payments BNP Paribas Fortis Account Holder AEC-Music IBAN: BE47 0016 8894 2980SWIFT / BIC Code: GEBABEBB When making the transfer, please clearly quote: Code of the event (CONGRESS 2020) Number of participants Name of your institution (if fitting)

Each participant was required to fill in the registration form by 28th October in order to take part in the event. REGISTRATION TO THE AEC CONGRESS 2020 IS NOW CLOSED.

Only registered participants will receive the link to the Whova Desktop Platform of the AEC Congress 2020 where all the links to the live sessions, pre-recorded material and handouts can be found

To register for voting at the General Assembly on 7th November please fill in the form in the General Assembly tab (only one representative per AEC active member)

AEC Congress 2020

Going On (line) – Connecting Communities in the Digital Age

Translations of the following programme in GERMAN, FRENCH and ITALIAN are available

All indicated times are CET (Central European Time – Rome, Brussels, Berlin, Paris, etc.)

Pre Congress Sessions

  1. MusiQuE Peer Reviewers Training Workshop: October 16, 29 and 30 (extra fees apply, click on the link to register)
  2. Exploring Prejudices and Bias in the Conservatoire: Student Experiences, Monday26th October 14:30 – 17:30. Zoom link to the live session
  3. SWING, results after the first 2 project years, Monday2nd November 10:30 – 11:30
  4. Developing a dialogue between the conservatoire and the “near society” – A Design Thinking Workshop, Tuesday3rd November, 14:30 – 16:00
  5. EOALAB Impulse! – strengthening institutional collaboration to create opera training of the future, Tuesday3rd November, 16:00 – 17:30
  6. Entrepreneurship and Covid-19 – Due to unforseen circumstances, this session has been postponed to 27 November 11:00 – 12:30 CET
  7. Re-thinking and Opening Curricula for Diverse Cultures, Wednesday4th November 13:00 – 16:00.
Online between October 16 and November 4
9:30 – 12:30 AEC Council Meeting [for AEC Council members only Thursday November 5
13:00 – 13:30 Meetings with ASIMUT (Sponsor) Online
5:30 p.m.
Online welcome for
  • new members and Congress newcomers
  • student participants

Congress Programme

Only registered participants will receive the link to the Whova Desktop Platform of the AEC Congress 2020 where all the links to the live sessions, pre-recorded material and handouts can be found

Friday November 6

09:00 – 09:30


Music Performance
Words of welcome by:

  • Ulrike Sych, Rector of MDW
  • Miranda Harmer, co-chair of the AEC Student working group
  • Eirik Birkeland, President of the AEC
movie mdw
09:30 – 10:15
Plenary Session I

Stefan Gies, AEC Chief Executive in dialogue with Themis Christophidou, Director General for the EU Commission’s policies on Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

Teaser of the day by Jeffrey Sharkey, Emilie Delorme and Johannes Meissl
10:15 – 10:45 am Coffee Break

Possibility to set up private Virtual Meetings in Whova

Virtual Coffee with Harrie van den Elsen, AEC Secretary General, and Lucia di Cecca, AEC Council Member

Meetings with ASIMUT (Sponsor)

10:45 – 10:55 Plenary Session II
Welcome fromMilano by Cristina Frosini & Tallinn by Ivari Ilja
10:55 – 11:25

Parallel Sessions I

10:55 – 12:00, 65 min

  1. Discussion and sharing practices in house to house technologies for distant musical interaction, with Claudio Allocchio (LoLa), Julian Klein (Digital Stage), Stefano Fasciani, Sandrine Desmurs (Digitsation working group), moderated by Stefan Gies
10:55 – 12:00, 65 min
  1. Audiences in the post Covid world: a view from the profession with Christopher Denby, Advisory Board of the Arts, John Gilhooly, Wigmore Hall and Christel Hon, Esplanade, Singapore, moderated by Deborah Kelleher, AEC Vice President

Parallel Sessions I

10:55 – 11:25 30 min

3. “Responding to change? facilitated by Camilla Overgaard and Vourneen Ryan, from the Student and Entrepreneurship working groups

10:55 – 11:25 30 min
4. Diversifying classical music education: the role of conservatoires by Anna Bull, School of Education and Sociology at the University of Portsmouth, chaired by David-Emil Wickström, chairman of the Diversity working group
11:30 – 12:00

Parallel Sessions I

11:30 – 12:00 30 min

5. The Umbrella Perspective in Jazz, Pop, Folk and more – How to include cross genres activities for collaboration? with PJP WG members and AEC Council members, facilitated by Harrie van den Elsen, AEC Secretary General
11:30 – 12:00 30 min
6. Questionable oxymorons: what is easier, to rehears with a fish choir or to teach a chamber music ensemble online? A session by Milan Conservatoire with Massimo Cottica, Maria Luisa Prayer and Vice Dean Massimiliano Baggio
12:00 – 13:15

Lunch Break

Check out the Pre-Arranged Sessions (in video, text, or podcast format available in Whova) and Chat Live with the presenters during this time slot

  1. The Manifesto 2020 of the International Relations Coordinators
  2. The evaluation of LoLa in the SWING Project by the Learning and Teaching working group
  3. MiMIc – Meaningful Music in Healthcare, by Rineke Smilde
  4. ECME -Early Childhood Music Education Working Group
  5. What we can learn from the gaming industry, Evert Hoogendoorn ( LATIMPE keynote speech)
13:15 – 14:00 Artistic Performance via LoLa
with Q&A moderated by Claudio Allocchio, GARR network
14:00 – 14:45
Parallel Sessions II
45 min
  1. Student Centred Learning in the digital age, with Anna Maria Bordin, Katrine Hahn, Jon Helge Sætre (Learning and Teaching working group), Martin Prchal (MusiQuE) André Stärk (Digitisation working group Digitsation) and Siri Storheim (Students working group)
  1. CoOPERAte – how to connect, create and collaborate in opera education beyond lockdown, from the European Opera Academy project perspective
  1. Digital DIY: The creative and universal musician in the hybrid age, by Linda Bloemhard and Udo Dahmen, Pop and Jazz Working Group
14:50 – 15:35
Parallel Sessions II
45 min
  1. Exploring Prejudices and Bias in the Conservatoire: Student Experiences Outcomes and Actions, session by the Students working group (SMS wg 7)
  1. Higher Music Education Goes Green, chaired by Eirik Birkeland, with Dimitrios Marinos, Ivana Perkovic and Hanneleen Pihlak
  1. ECMA Pro Creative Europe project on chamber music, with Johannes Meissl and Martin Prchal
15:35 – 16:00 Coffee break

Possibility to set up private Virtual Meetings in Whova

Virtual Coffee with Deborah Kelleher, AEC Vice President

Meetings with ASIMUT (Sponsor)

16:00 – 16:30

Parallel Sessions III

16:00 – 17:05 65 min

  1. How to deal with a situation you are not prepared for as an institution: experiences from the COVID crisis? Open discussion with inputs from Cristina Frosini, Conservatorio di Milano and Christian Fischer, Musikhochschule Trossingen, and Kaarlo Hilden, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, moderated by Stefan Gies, AEC Chief Executive
16:00 – 17:05 65 min
  1. Entrepreneurship Projects: News in Map (Payam Gul Susanni and Vourneen Ryal), DEMUSIS (Ivana Perkovic), SMS Entrepreneurship Working Group and IMZ (Henk van der Meulen), moderated by Esther Vinuela Lozano, Escola Superior de Mùsica Reina Sofia, Madrid

Parallel Sessions III

16:00 – 16:30 30 min

  1. Discussion on the meaningful integration of digital technology in music education with the SMS working group on Digitisation

16:00 – 16:30 30 min

  1. Is the virtual real? Re-imagining future opportunity for music in a more power-balanced and interconnecting global society a session by Bernard Lanskey with Anothai Nitibhon, Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music Symposium (Thailand), and Joenic France Juanite student at Seoul National University (Korea)
16:35 – 17:05

Parallel Sessions III

16:35 – 17:05 30 min

  1. Sounds of Solidarity: Music and Migration in Higher Music Education
    by Marko Kölbl, mdw Vienna
16:35 – 17:05 30 min
  1. Health and well-being of staff and students, a dynamic session by Clara Barbera, Berklee Valencia
Plenary Session III
  • Wrap up of the day by Jeffrey Sharkey with contributions from Emilie Delorme, CNSMD Paris and Johannes Meissl, mdw
  • Music Performance from Vienna
18:00 Meetings with ASIMUT (Sponsor)

Saturday 7 November

9:00 – 9:30 Watch the pre-recorded videos in the Information Gallery and Chat Live with the presenters during this time slot
9:45 – 10:30 Regional Meetings
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

Possibility to set up private Virtual Meetings in Whova

Virtual Coffee with Jeffrey Sharkey, AEC Council Member

Meetings with ASIMUT (Sponsor)

11:00 – 12:45 AEC General Assembly 2020 – Join on Zoom
Active Voters neet to register by filling in the form in the relevant tab of this page
11:00 – 12:45 Students Assembly – students who are not registered to the congress can still join on Zoom
12:45 – 13:15 Closing Session

Farewell with Music Performance from Vienna

AEC Pre-Congress Sessions 2020

Online from 16 October to 4 November 2020

  1. MusiQuE Peer Reviewers Training Workshop

    16th, 29th and 30th October (additional fees apply). Please click on the link to see the programme and register. Deadline: Thursday 8th October

  1. Exploring Prejudices and Bias in the Conservatoire: Student Experiences

Monday 26th October 14:30 – 17:30 CET Please find the partial RECORDING of the session here

Over the last few months in particular, the Student Working Group have been considering and exploring their positions in multiple societies: their respective countries, their learning environments, the wider music industry to name a few. In the ever shifting psyche of the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements, we are constantly trying to learn, discuss and act in response. We also acknowledge our own positions and therefore invite you to explore our experiences of prejudice and biases in conservation, before creating a safe and open space for you to explore yours. We will gather to discuss and analyze the common themes, and come up with inclusive actions to start planting the seeds of social equality in your own institutions, and raise consciousness in us all.

  1. SWING, results after the first 2 years of the project

Monday 2nd November 10:30 – 11:30 CET – Please find the RECORDING of the session here

SWING (Synergic Work Incoming New Goals for Higher Education Music Institutions) is a strategic partnership project running from September 2018 until the end of 2021 and is funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme. The SWING project main objective is to experiment and then establish a framework to dramatically increase and enhance transnational learning opportunities, by creating a set of distance learning new modules, while at the same time promote enhancement and deployment of new features in LoLa and other specialized tools for music education, both in strict collaboration with students and teachers. This session will present the result of the first two project years, during which long distance learning and teaching activities and performances have been experimented for solo instruments and small ensembles. The psychological implications of the use of LoLa for those involved will also be presented as result of the evaluation activities of the project conducted by the AEC. Please find the slide shows by Claudio Allocchio and Anna Maria Bordin

  1. Developing a dialogue between the conservatoire and the “near society” – A Design Thinking Workshop

    Tuesday 3rd November, 14:30 – 16:00 CET – ONLY 16 PLACES AVAILABLE

Delivered by Philip Harfield, Senior Lecturer in Design Thinking and Innovation, and Professor Jonathan Deacon, from the University

of South Wales on behalf of the working group Music in Society (SMS WG1) Design Thinking is a process for creative problem-solving which uses group thinking and human-centred approach to understand problems. It helps us to uncover new ways of approaching complex challenges which deliver on our promises for our organization.
Through this process, participants will be encouraged to reflect on how their institution can develop a more dialogueic relationship with their local communities and engage more extensively and deeply with societal needs.
The workshop is meant for students, staff and leaders of higher music education institutions.

  1. EOALAB Impulse! – strengthening institutional collaboration to create opera training of the future

    Tuesday 3rd November, 16:00 – 17:30 – Please find the RECORDING of the session here

What needs to change in opera education to prepare students for future careers? How can it embrace innovative ways of learning and teaching? Which opportunities does it provide for HMEIs to collaborate across borders? EOALAB (European Opera Academy LAB) is a new partnership between seven European Conservatories and the AEC to trigger innovation in opera education. The partners collaborate across borders to create learning laboratories, exchange best practices and develop intellectual outputs which will be available to higher education institutions in music. Nurturing the concept of shared education, the EOALAB’s vision is to trigger innovation in the opera education and beyond. It aims to reinforce the link between education, training and the labour market through student-centered teaching and learning approaches while leveraging cross-border collaboration and exchange of best practices. EOALAB creates opera training laboratories for artistic experimentation and employability for both, students and young professionals. All members are part of the European Opera Academy (EOA), a network of 14 higher music education institutions sharing opera education. Join the lab! EOALAB is a work in progress. In the pre-congress session partners of EOALAB will provide insights into their findings and experiences up to now, share best practices and stimulate the discussion around opera education of the future.

  1. The Entrepreneurial Mindset in Time of Uncertainty

Friday 27th November 11:00 – 12:30 CET – Please find the RECORDING of the session here

The Covid-19 crisis has hit the culture sector very hard. Concert halls, venues, festivals were the first to close and the last to reopen, with a part still not operating at all. Whether we were in strict confinement to temper the pandemic, until now, music didn’t stop. Even not live music!
Currently, the WG 3 is developing a set of podcasts addressing burning topics related to this subject, raising relevant questions and searching for answers, such as: mindset, institutional responses to Corona crisis, student’s agency (student’s responsibility) …

In the first episode of podcast you will listen to Libby Percival and Canberk Duman who used their creativity, imagination…and entrepreneurial mindset to explore new business models, to build new communities, to take their social responsibility, to create new artistic work, and so much more. The podcast was led by Olaf Bruns.

  1. Re-thinking and Opening Curricula for Diverse Cultures

    Wednesday 4th November 13:00 – 16:00

The SMS Diversity, Identity, Inclusiveness Working Group presents its second publication “Decentering Curricula: Questions for Re-evaluating Diversity and Inclusiveness in HMEIs”, a compendium of self-reflective questions aimed to challenge the ways of thinking of curricula from a diversity perspective within the Higher Music Education (HME) institutions.

What do we study? What do we teach? Diversity can challenge the educational experience, and HME institutions play a critical role in this effort by strengthening the focus on promoting access and defining what is meant by quality and success when different genres and musical traditions coexist and influence each other in institutions. There are, however, no universal answers to these issues. Thus, this workshop will present questions to encourage the participants to reflect on and share experiences on how to build healthy and diverse learning environments all across Europe and beyond.

Where do we study? Where do we teach? In the past months, the SMS Diversity, Identity, Inclusiveness Working Group has published a series of case studies on the SMS website, as part of its first publication “How are diverse cultures integrated in the education of musicians across Europe?”. These case studies are meant to stimulate discussion, provide new ideas and show possible pathways for institutions to take. As a working group, we feel that we can learn from the experiences of others which help challenge our own ideas and perspectives. This is also our workshop’s methodological aim.

How do we study? How do we teach? In order to discuss common issues at HME institutions and share experiences, the workshop will draw on plenary and small group activities in breakout rooms.

Dear members,
the registrations to vote at the GA are now CLOSED.

Please note that those who registered after 12:00 pm (CET) on 6 November will receive their voting codes at the latest by 9:00 am on 7 November.

The AEC General Assembly 2020 taking place in the morning of Saturday 7th November is open to all AEC members, join on Zoom!

Agenda and documents concerning the GA:
English GA agenda & documents
French GA agenda & documents
German GA agenda & documents
Italian GA agenda & documents
4. Revised Statutes EN
4. Revised Statutes FR
4. Revised Statutes DE

The following documents are available only in English:
2. Annual Report 2019
5.1 Action Plan 2021
5.2 Summary of the Communication Strategy 2021
8.3 & 8.4 Forecast outturn 2020 & Draft budget 2021
Reports from regionalmeetings


Video Tutorial – AEC Congress 2020 Online – Whova and Zoom

watch this video to understand how to use the digital tools for our online congress

SWING, results after the first 2 years of the project – pre congress session

watch the presentations by Claudio Allocchio and Anna Maria Bordin to know more about the first two years of the project that uses the LoLa technology for distance music learning

European Opera Academy – Pre Congress Session

watch the recording of the Workshop EOALAB Impulse!

Exploring Prejudices and Bias in the Conservatoire: Student Experiences – pre congress session

watch again the presentation given during this workshop organized by the AEC Student Working Group of the AEC – Strengthening Music in Society Project

Welcome to Students

Welcome to Newcomers

Opening and Plenary Session I

Welcome from Milan and Tallinn



Joint Letter from Antwerp Conservatoire and AEC to the AEC members about the 2020 Congress


diy the creative and universal musician in the hybrid age.pdf

report brerakouts hme goes green .pdf

aec congress 2020 full report.pdf

Practical information

fr information on the participation fees aec congress 2020.pdf

it informazioni sulle quote di partecipazione congresso aec 2020.pdf

de information on the participation fees aec congress 2020.pdf

informazioni tecniche congresso ita.pdf

technical information participants congress 2020 en.pdf

technical information participants congress 2020german.pdf

technical information participants congress 2020 fr.pdf

Explanation zoom and whova aec congress.pdf

Guidelines for elections

explication du processus electoral et formulaires de candidature 2020.pdf

ga erluterung des wahlverfahrens und bewerbungsformularen 2020.pdf

linee guida procedure e modulo di domanda candidature elezioni consiglio aec 2020.pdf

guidelines procedure and application form for council elections 2020.pdf

eligibility profile role and duties of aec vice president 2020.pdf

eligibility profile role and duties of aec council members 2020.pdf

eligibilit profil rle et fonctions des membres du conseil de laec 2020.pdf

eligibilit profil rle et fonctions des vice prsidents de laec 2020.pdf

whlbarheit profil rolle und pflichtenaec ratsmitglieder 2020.pdf

waehlbarheit profil rolle une pflichtenaec vize praesidentinnen 2020.pdf

ammissibilit profilo ruolo e compiti dei membri del consiglio dellaec 2020.pdf

ammissibilit profilo ruolo e compiti del vice presidente dellaec 2020.pdf


SWING Assessment by Anna Maria Bordin.pdf

SWING project results Years 1 and 2 by Claudio Allocchio.pdf

aec 2020 key questions by milan.pdf

andre stark student centered learning.pdf

aec newcomer session.pdf

digitisation wg presentation.pdf

wg5 student centered learning.pdf

AEC General Assembly 2020 slides

exploring prejudices and bias in the conservatoire.pdf

european opera academy.pdf

marko klbl the sound of solidarity.pdf

responding to change.pdf

european opera academy pre congress sesion.pdf

entrepreneurship projects news in map.pdf

house tech stefano fasciani.pdf

Entrepreneurship Projects: IMZ

how to deal with covid kaarlo hilden.pdf

what is the lola system.pdf

ecmaaec congress2020.pdf

evert hogendoorn ludodidactics game industry.pdf

entrepreneurship projects demusis.pdf

Digital Stage Julian Klein

audiences in covid times.pdf

audiences in times of covid by christel hon.pdf

vision for finnish music education 2030.pdf

slide show student centered learning.pdf

pre congress workshop students.pdf

pre congress workshop wg2 how do we study how do we teach .pdf

pre congress workshop wg2 megatrends.pdf

pre congress workshop students diversity within the curricula.pdf

pre congress workshop students gendered specialisms.pdf

pre congress workshop wg2 who is who.pdf

how to deal with covid christian fischer

reportre thinking and opening curricula for diverse cultures.pdf

design thinking workshop summary.pdf

is the virtual realnicky juanite.pdf

is the virtual realanothai nitibhon.pdf

General Assembly

aec annual report 2019.pdf

aec ga documents english.pdf

aec ga documents German.pdf

aec ga documents French.pdf

aec ga documents Italian.pdf

4. revised statutes french.pdf

4. revised statutes English.pdf

4. revised statutes german.pdf

reports from regional meetings 2019.pdf

5.1 aec action plan 2021. final draft.pdf

5.2 summary of aec communication strategy 2021.pdf

8.2 forecast outturn 2020 and draft budget 2021.pdf

Invitation Letters

fr invitation etudiants francais aec congress 2020.pdf

it invito studenti italiano congresso aec 2020.pdf

de student invitation letter to aec congress 2020.pdf

en inviation letter by students to aec congress 2020.pdf

en aec congress 2020 invitation by the president.pdf

de aec congress 2020 invitation by the president.pdf

fr aec congress 2020 invitation by the president.pdf

it congresso aec 2020 invito del presidente.pdf


aec congress 2020 teaser de.pdf

aec congress 2020 teaser fr.pdf

aec congresso 2020 teaser it.pdf

aec congress 2020 teaser en.pdf

Reading Material

irc manifesto 2020.pdf

irc reflection paper.pdf

aec goes green.pdf

aec on sustainability by stefan gies.pdf

handhout mimic.pdf

pedagogical principles.pdf

mimic curriculum description.pdf

meaningful music in healthcare brochure.pdf


de aec congress programme final.pdf

it programma congresso aec 2020.pdf

fr aec congress 2020 programme final.pdf