Wednesday 13 November

14:00 - 18:30
Location TBC

Pre-Congress Workshop – MusiQuE Peer Reviewers Training - FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS ONLY

18:30 - 19:00
Location TBC

Working dinner for MusiQuE Pre-Congress Workshop Participants

Thursday 14 November

09:30 - 13:30
Location TBC

Continuation of the Pre-Congress Workshop – MusiQuE Peer Reviewers Training (FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS ONLY)

10:40 Coffee break

09:30 - 13:00
Location TBC

Pre-Congress Workshops

Location TBC
Digitisation Workshop

11:00 Coffee break



Facing the Present: Digitisation Scenarios in Higher Music Education



Workshop Overview:

In the rapidly evolving landscape of higher music education, digitisation continues to be a relevant topic – some may describe it as a cloud hanging over us all, which refuses to dissipate. How do we deal with infrastructure, resistant stakeholders, or limited internal expertise?


In this interactive pre-congress workshop, the ARTEMIS Digitisation Working Group aims to provoke solutions and enhance digital capacities through practical activities, with collaboration from EPASA.

Recognising the diverse levels of digital understanding across higher arts education, the workshop has been designed to be inclusive and adaptable, ensuring relevance and engagement for all participants. Through immersive scenarios, attendees will explore possible strategies across competencies, curriculum, stakeholders, and resources, fostering collaborative learning and creative problem-solving within an international community.


Participants will leave this workshop with strategies and resources, driving forward the future of performing arts education in the digital age.


This workshop will be run in English.



Workshop Format:

The workshop will mainly adopt a world café setting, fostering an interactive and collaborative environment. Open dialogue and collective problem-solving will be encouraged, allowing participants to delve into various digitisation scenarios through guided conversations.

Key Focus Areas:

  1. Infrastructure & Technological Developments: Examining the technological frameworks and resources required to support digital initiatives in HMEIs. Discussions will cover network, VLE, hardware devices, BYOD policy, AI charter, VR/AR, UX etc
  2. Curricula: Exploring the integration of digital tools and methodologies into music curricula. Participants will discuss redesigning courses to incorporate online learning, virtual performance, and digital collaboration, ensuring that students gain the skills they need to succeed in their careers.
  3. Teacher Needs: Addressing the professional development and support required for faculty to thrive in a digital environment. Topics will include training programs, peer support networks, and the development of digital teaching competencies to enhance pedagogical effectiveness.
  4. Student Profiles: Understanding the evolving expectations and needs of digitally native students. Addressing the varying levels of digital proficiency among students. Discussions will focus on personalizing learning experiences, leveraging digital tools for student engagement, and preparing students for diverse career paths in a digital world. Equipping students with the necessary skills to utilise current technologies, including discussions on the role of AI in music education.


Scenarios for Discussion:

Participants will explore three distinct scenarios, each representing different levels of engagement and enthusiasm towards digitisation:

Scenario 1 – Curriculum/Professors:

  • Situation: Full budget and infrastructure available, but teachers lack interest and students lack direction and role models.
  • Problem: Encouraging staff development and providing inspiration for students when no one knows how to use the equipment.
  • Questions: How to embed digitisation within curriculum and assessment? How to support staff training? How to motivate students?

Scenario 2 – Work within Current Courses:

  • Situation: Partial equipment and infrastructure, some teacher competencies, but digitisation is perceived as optional.
  • Problem: Shifting staff development and student mindset towards a growth capacity.
  • Questions: How to embed digitisation within curriculum and assessment? How to support staff training? How to motivate students?

Scenario 3 – Finding New Competencies to Support and Develop Curricula:

  • Situation: Limited infrastructure and budget, but professors and students are very curious and eager to start.
  • Problem: Building a supportive community with limited resources; encouraging the sharing of best practices, and balancing competition and openness.
  • Questions: How to embed digitisation within curriculum and assessment? How to support staff training? How to motivate students? How to facilitate project creation?


Expected Outcomes:

By the end of the workshop, participants will have:

  • A comprehensive understanding of various digitisation scenarios in higher music education.
  • Practical insights into best practices and innovative strategies for digital transformation.
  • A network of peers and experts to collaborate with on future digitisation initiatives.


Who Should Attend:

This workshop is ideal for leaders and decision-makers in higher music education, including directors, department heads, digital learning managers, IT directors, and curriculum developers and administrators. Participants will benefit from the collaborative atmosphere and the opportunity to co-create actionable plans for their institutions’ digital futures.

Join us for a forward-thinking session that will equip you with the knowledge and tools to lead your institution confidently into the digital age.

Location TBC
Advocacy Workshop

11:00 Coffee break


Let your voice be heard


How to ensure influence and create new ambassadors for your cause.



Workshop Overview:

The battle for attention has changed drastically in recent years. While the dynamics of society are becoming more and more complex, politicians and other decision-makers increasingly seem to be forced to speak with one-liners through a range of diverse channels of communication. Often a case affects many different stakeholders and there is increasing competition for resources across sectors.


In this reality, it is a challenge to look after its interests as an educational and cultural institution. Important decisions are often made behind closed doors, and it can be difficult to know how you can actually exert your influence.


This workshop aims to give the participants an understanding of the political decision-making processes and how they can be influenced. Good political advocacy is not based on special talents or secret contacts, but on a systematic effort that can be planned, carried out and followed up.


Attendees will be equipped to create their own advocacy campaign with the help of the new AEC Advocacy Toolkit, which takes users through a series of steps and creates a powerful and targeted plan of action.


This workshop will be run in English.



Workshop Format:

The workshop will consist of several elements and will begin with participants familiarizing themselves with the AEC Advocacy Toolkit. Participants then work in small groups under the guidance of members of the AEC Advocacy Task Force. The task is to prepare campaigns based on concrete cases from the institutions of the participants using a template, and feedback will be given along the way.


Workshop content

  1. What is successful advocacy: Background information on advocacy and its development over recent years, including the decisive shift from access and actors to networks and political belongings and the fact that political and public agendas merge.
  2. The implementation model: Challenge and idea, Analysis, Objectives and framing, Putting into action and Evaluation
  3. The stakeholders: Interests from the sector and the public, the political interest and the business interest.
  4. The political process: Agenda setting, the initiative phase, policy formulation, the decision, the implementation and policy change
  5. The action plan: Meeting politicians and officials, the media strategy, a presentation, forming working groups or a task force, creating alliances, monitoring
  6. The advocacy model of the AEC: AEC acting towards EU on behalf of institutions, AEC in partnerships, AEC supporting institutions in their campaigns at national level



Expected Outcomes:

By the end of the workshop, participants will have:

  • thorough knowledge of the elements of an advocacy campaign
  • the ability to organize a professional advocacy campaign from scratch
  • understanding of political decision-making processes
  • the ability to identify partners and opponents and utilize this knowledge in planning the campaign
  • get behind expressions such as buffering, bridging, framing and priming


Who Should Attend:

This workshop is designed for senior management and other decision-makers as well as communication officers at all levels in higher music education institutions. Take advantage of the opportunity to prepare a tailored advocacy plan for your own institution and launch it together with your colleagues immediately after the congress


Location TBC
Project Writing Workshop

11:00 Coffee break


Project Writing Mastery with Real-World Examples: the Creative Europe Opera Out of Opera 2 Project and the Erasmus Capacity Building Project VIETMUS

Join us for an intensive pre-congress workshop on project writing, where you will gain invaluable skills and insights into crafting successful project applications. This practical session will feature detailed presentations of two exemplary projects: the Creative Europe Project Opera Out of Opera 2 and the Erasmus Capacity Building Project Vietmus.

In the first part of the workshop, we will dive into Opera Out of Opera 2, examining the various components of its project application. You will learn about the project’s conception, development, and the key elements that contributed to its successful funding. This case study will provide a comprehensive understanding of the critical aspects of project writing, from initial idea to final submission.

The second part will focus on Vietmus, an Erasmus Capacity Building Project, which will be analyzed through the perspective of an external evaluator. Participants will gain insights into the evaluation criteria and the key factors that make a project stand out. This analysis will offer a unique opportunity to understand the evaluator’s viewpoint and how to tailor applications to meet their expectations.

This workshop is designed to be hands-on, offering practical exercises aimed at honing your project writing skills. Whether you are new to project writing or looking to refine your expertise, this session will equip you with the tools and knowledge to develop compelling and successful project applications.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from real-world examples and enhance your project writing proficiency. Join us and take the first step towards turning your project ideas into reality!



Registration starts - welcome coffee

14:30 - 16:00
Meeting point: registration desk

Optional Guided Tour

Meeting Point: Registration Desk

Several groups between 14:30 and 16:00

15:00 - 15:50
Sala Coro

Welcome to Newcomers

with members of AEC Council and AEC Office Team

15:00 - 15:50
Room 107 - Arte Scenica

Welcome to Students

for student delegates, with EPASA and members of the Congress Committee

16:00 - 17:00
Sala Verdi

Opening event

  • Music Introduction
  • Words of welcome by:
    Massimiliano Baggio, Director of CM
    Raffaello Vignali, President of CM
    Raffaele Fitto, Minister of European Affairs (TBC) / Antonio Uricchio, ANVUR
    Michael Wilder, President of NASM (United States)
    Anothai Nitibhon, SEADOM President
    Monica Vejgaard, EPASA President & Mimi Harmer, EPASA Vice-President
    Deborah Kelleher, President of the AEC
17:00 - 17:30

Networking with refreshments

17:30 - 18:45

Opening Brainstorming on topics proposed by participants - Introduction by Finn Schumacker, AEC Executive Director

Location TBC
The future of the ERASMUS programme with INDIRE
Location TBC
Safe Space – discrimination issues in institutions
Location TBC
Digital Shift
Location TBC
The new Traditional Folk World Music Platform of the AEC
19:00 - 19:45

Orchestra Concert


Welcome dinner

Friday 15 November


Registration for late comers

09:00 - 10:00
Sala Verdi

Plenary Session I -

10:15 - 11:15

Parallel Sessions I - Innovation

Location TBC
1 - Play Green! Implementing the Green Shift in HMEIs

by the ARTEMIS AEC Goes Green WG

Location TBC
2 - Innovating Curricula

by the ARTEMIS Capacity Building WG

Location TBC
3 - Innovating HMEI through Artistic Research: - the research institutes in HMEIs and the implementation of third cycle studies

The example of the WARM workshop (CM and Orpheus Institute, Ghent), with Peter Dejans, Orpheus Institute, IREMUS, Sean Ferguson, Canada, Leonella Grasso Caprioli, moderated by Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli, EPARM WG

Location TBC
4 - Digital innovation: implementing the Digital Shift

by the ARTEMIS Digitisation Working Group

Location TBC
5 - Innovative Leadership: effective change management in higher education – an interactive workshop

moderated by David Bahanovich

Location TBC
6 -Building curiosity and capacity through Lifelong Learning

the results of the ARTEMIS LLL WG and free courses for citizens by Conservatorio di Milano by Emanuela Bisceglie

11:15 - 11:45

Networking with refreshments

11:45 - 12:45

Parallel Sessions II - Inclusion

Location TBC
1 - Exploring the link between inclusion and artistic practice: resistance towards teaching (and making) music

by Karolien Dons, Karine Hahn (ARTEMIS Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Equality Working Group) and Monica Vejgaard (EPASA)


Location TBC
2 - Power Relations towards inclusion: the implementation of PRIhME’s guidelines and launch of the PRIhME book

with Gretchen Amussen and David-Emil Wickstroem

Location TBC
3 - Fostering the inclusion of students with Special Education Needs in Higher Music Education: the case of IncluMusic and the CM Special Needs WG

by (people from IncluMusic tbc), Emilio Piffaretti (CM) and Francesca Innocenti (ARTEMIS Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Equality Working Group)

Location TBC
4 - Global Collaborations: the IMC and the Glomus Network

with Silja Fischer, Keld Hosbond and Anothai Nitibhon

Location TBC
5 - Including Society: the Third Mission of Conservatoires, examples of cooperation between CM and social entities

Projects Orchestra InOpera (Opera Penitentiary) and Diamo un La (music in primary schools), with Giulia Antonicelli, Stefania Mormone, Giuseppina Manin, moderated by Malgorzata Sternal

Location TBC
6 - Including the Young Generation: Pre-College and Young Talents (YMTE, SCHEME)

moderated by Finn Schumacker

12:45 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Parallel Sessions III - Interdisciplinarity

Location TBC
1 - Connecting education and production: Collaboration festivals, orchestras, ensembles / digital providers/artist management

with Stephan Maddock, Birmigham, Spotify (TBC), Cecilia Balestra, Milano Musica Festival, Gabriele Zanetti ed. Da Vinci, moderated by Marta Raviglia, Pop and Jazz WG

Location TBC
2 - New campuses for regenerating cities
  1. examples from Milan, Cluj Napoca(Romania) and Shenzhen (Hong Kong), with Massimiliano Baggio, Xiaogang Ye and XX moderated by Charlotte Saelemakers, Antwerp
Location TBC
3. Timeless Tunes: from Da Vinci's Instruments to Cutting-Edge and digital Music Technologies
Location TBC
4 - Establishing a direct connection between students and established professionals in the music industry, the example of the AEC Mentorship Programme for young female and non-binary composers, songwriters and jazz students

Programme developed jointly with ECSA and EJN, facilitated by Keychange

Location TBC
5 - Preserving and Researching our Heritage: library projects in Milan, Ghent and Brussels

moderated by Ivana Perkovic

Location TBC
6 - Connecting analysis and performance: the HarmaHub project, and the Performance Studies WG Project

with Salvatore Gioveni and Anna Maria Bordin, moderated by Riccardo Ceni, Milan

15:00 - 16:00
Sala Verdi

Plenary Session II - ARTEMIS final outputs

Information Session by the working groups and conclusion by the ARTEMIS external evaluators

16:00 - 16:30

Informal networking with ARTEMIS Information Market

16:30 - 17:30

Plenary Session III - 10 YEARS of MusiQuE: Quality Enhancement and Quality Culture in (Higher) Music Education – celebrating achievement and shaping the future together

17:30 - 19:00

Regional Meetings with Council Members


Free evening

Free Evening, please see the list of restaurants

Saturday 16 November


Optional Guided Tour of the Conservatorio di Milano

9:45 - 11:30

Information Forum

Plenary presentations by AEC Member institutions moderated by Deborah Kelleher, AEC President, followed by Q&A with the speakers in the form of “market place”

11:30 - 12:00

Networking with Refreshments with Information Market

12:00 - 13:00

Discussion groups

Location TBC
ARTEMIS Safe Space session

moderated by Ankna Arockiam and Steven Faber

Location TBC
Internationalisation at Home – workshop by SEADOM

moderated by Anothai Nitibhon

Location TBC
Academic Freedom (advocacy)

moderated by Nana Sharikadze and Stefan Gies

13:00 - 14:30


14:30 - 16:30
Sala Verdi (streamed)

AEC General Assembly 2024

15:00 - 16:30

Students’ Wrap Up – hosted by EPASA

16:30 - 17:00

Networking with refreshments

17:00 - 17:30
Sala Verdi (streamed)

Closing Session

19:00 - 20:00

Visit to Leonardo Museum

Museo Leonardo

Closing dinner