Please find the draft pdf version of the programme in French, German and Italian (updated in July). Please note that the English version here below is the most up-to-date version of the Congress programme.

Pre-Congress Programme

Wednesday 8 November

10:00 – 13:00


15:00 – 19:30

Pre-Congress Workshop – MusiQuE Peer Reviewers Training


Training workshop organized by MusiQuE – Music Quality Enhancement

Professional development training workshop about quality enhancement and accreditation, mainly for the music sector but potentially open to the other performing arts sectors within conservatoires. The workshop is for current Peer Reviewers as well as students and staff members of (higher) music education institutions – experienced or not – who are interested in becoming Peer Reviewers for MusiQuE in the future, are motivated to reflect on their experience and practice as Peer Reviewers or have a general interest in quality assurance and accreditation in conservatoires.

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19:30 Working dinner for Pre-Congress Participants

Thursday 9 November

9:30 – 13:30 Continuation of the Pre-Congress Workshop – MusiQuE Peer Reviewers Training


Training workshop organized by MusiQuE – Music Quality Enhancement

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9:30 – 13:00 Pre Congress Workshops on:

TUNE: Exploring teaching and learning cultures in higher traditional/folk music education in Europe (9:15 -12:15)
Advocacy Workshop (9:30 – 12:30)
Empowerment Through Sustainable Connections (EPASA)
POWER TO EMPOWER: step-by-step to a safer and more supportive learning environment (PRIhME)

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AEC Congress Programme
“Enhancing Quality Through Sustainable Connections”

Thursday 9 November

13:45 Registration starts – welcome coffee In presence
14:30 – 15:15 Optional Guided Tour for AMARE. Meeting Point: Registration Desk In presence
15:15 – 16:15 Welcome to Newcomers with members of AEC Council and AEC Office Team In presence
15:15 – 16:15 Welcome to Students for student delegates, with EPASA and members of the Congress Committee In presence
16:30 – 18:30 Opening Event and Artistic Performances

Words of welcome by:

  • Lies Colman, Director of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague
  • Politician TBC
  • Michael Wilder, President of NASM (United States) TBC
  • Shahanum Mohamad Shah, SEADOM President (or video) TBC
  • Chair of YMTE 
  • Monica Vejgaard, EPASA President & Mimi Harmer, EPASA Vice-President
  • Deborah Kelleher, President of the AEC 
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18:30 – 19:45 Opening Brainstorming on topics proposed by participants

Introduction by Stefan Gies, AEC Chief Executive

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20:00 Welcome Reception In the building

Friday 10 November

8:45 Registrations for late comers
09:00 – 10:00 Plenary Session I

Music Introduction (15 min)

“AI: What does it mean for the future of HMEI and for their concepts of quality?”

moderated by Paul Craenen, Royal Conservatoire The Hague

contributions by:

  • Orla McDonagh, MusiQuE
  • Miranda Harmer, EPASA
  • Ine Vanoeveren, Conservatoire Royal de Liège
  • Luc Döbereiner, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen
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10:15 – 11:30 Parallel Sessions I

1. The Musician of Tomorrow – a dialogue with Teachers & Students: a conversation on how to raise the bar for digital skills across higher music education, by the ARTEMIS Digitisation working group and EPASA with the participation of Raffaele Longo, MUSENSE project, and Diana Salazar GLOCODA project – 75 min

2. Innovating curricula to train artists as makers in society: the Mutual Support Platform for Curricular Innovation, a co-creation session with the ARTEMIS Capacity Building working group – 75 min

3. Bringing internationalisation and quality culture together: an exploration of internationally based quality tools that can underpin institutional international ambitions. A session by MusiQuE and the Royal Conservatoire in cooperation with NASM and SEADOM – 75 min

4. Power to HMEI! Putting Power Relations Front and Centre – Deborah Kelleher, Chair PRIhME Steering Group; Gretchen Amussen, Chair Stakeholder Assembly; David-Emil Wickstroem, Chair Editorial Board; Esther Nass, Chair Assembly Working Group; members of ARTEMIS Gender Equality and Non-discrimination Mainstreaming Task Force – 75 min

5A. Official Launch European University Alliance IN.TUNE – Innovative Universities for Music & Arts in Europe.- 45 min

5B. Data Collection – 30 min


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11:30 – 12:00 Informal Networking
12:00 – 13:15 Parallel Sessions II

1A. The Resource Package and the open call for workshops proposed by the ARTEMIS Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Equality Working Group. – 45 min

1B. Rethinking Quality: how does inclusion challenge the quest for artistic excellence? With the AARTEMIS Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Equality Working Group and the Pop and Jazz working group, ARTEMIS Capacity Building working group and MusiQuE – 30 min

2. Taking a Global Perspective: organizing exchanges outside Europe, presentation by NUFFIC and practices presented by Jan-Gerd Krueger, Prins Claus Conservatoire Groningen, Wei Boon Tan and students, Singapore and Melissa Mercadal ESMUC Barcelona, representatives from the ARTEMIS IRC working group, moderated by Abra Bush – 75 min

3. Building a strong internal quality culture by inviting and collecting student feedback: which policies and tools can support this? A session by EPASA, MusiQuE and the Royal Conservatoire – 75 min

4A. Connections with and between teachers: Lifelong Learning Initiatives in HMEI, and the example of the Artist as Teacher course in The Hague by the ARTEMIS Lifelong Learning working group – 45 min

4B. Resilient Artists: A Mental Health Prevention Program, a research project by University College Antwerp  – 30 min

5. Green Practices in HMEI: examples from AEC member institutions, presented and moderated by the AEC Goes Green working group – 75 min

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13:15 – 14:45 Networking Lunch
14:45 – 16:00 Parallel Sessions III

1. Artistic Research: connection between education and research: Music, Education & Society. A session with Paul Craenen (Royal Conservatoire and EPARM working group), Evelyn Buyken, RAPPLab Project and REACT (SAR, ELIA), moderated by Stephen Broad – 75 min

2. Enhancing the quality of learning & teaching through sustainable international connections: the case of the ECMA PRO, RESONO, C-MUSE actiona and other examples of joint programmes, joint modules and joint intensive courses. A session by the ARTEMIS IRC working group and the Royal Conservatoire – 75 min

3. Strengthening student agency and supporting curatorial practice among students: examples of student-led artistic projects in various institutions. A session by EPASA and the Royal Conservatoire

4. Welcoming different music style and aesthetics: Traditional / Folk Music in HMEI, with Anothai Nithibon, PJP, ARTEMIS Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Equality Working Group, TUNE, EMP, Nod Knowles from  the European Folk Network, moderated by Claire Michon and Keld Hosbond, 75 min

5. Fostering Young Talents: a session on pre-college music education with YMTE (and EMU), moderated by the AEC-YMTE Joint Working Group

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16:00 – 16:30 Informal Networking
16:30 – 18:00 Regional Meetings with Council Members

 (please see Whova for countries division and rooms)

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18:00 – 19:00 Wrap up with  EU representative

 Musical Introduction

 Speech by Georg Häusler, Director for Culture, Creativity and Sport in the European Commission (DG EAC)

Q&A moderated by Stefan Gies

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Free Evening, please see the List of Restaurants

Saturday 11 November

9:00 Optional Guided Tour for AMARE. Meeting Point: Registration Desk
9:45 – 11:30 Information Forum and Market

 Musical Introduction

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”

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11:30 –12:00 Networking with Refreshments with Information Market
12:00– 13:00 Discussion groups (3 topics to be chosen by Council)

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13:00 – 14:30  Networking Lunch
14:30 – 16:30 AEC General Assembly 2023 In presence and streamed with Online Voting (online registration required)
15:00 – 16:30 EPASA – Students’ General Assembly  (including students participants feedback about the Congress)
16:30 – 17:00 Informal Networking
17:00 – 17:20 Closing Session

Announcement of the AEC Congress 2024

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17:30 – 18:30 Artistic Performance
19:30 Closing Dinner In Presence – Atrium in front of KC