16-18 February (Rome)

The conference will take place in presence.


Thursday 16 February

Location: Via della Madonna dei Monti 40

 15:00 – 17:00  Students Meeting
17:00 – 19:30  Pre-conference session on Working Life, Internationalisation, and Artistry

The Thursday Pre-Conference will assume a new format. Instead of having genre-based discussions, the Pre-Conference will be more closely connected to the three key themes of the Meeting: Working Life, Internationalisation, and Artistry. These topics will be addressed by one breakout group each, all consisting of teachers, heads/managers, and students together.

Each group discussion will be prepared by a short introduction to the subject, and reported back to a plenary discussion at the end of the Pre-Conference session. The aim is to come up with (possibly student-led) questions on each topic that are to be answered during the PJP Meeting.

We hope that this new Pre-Conference format will provide us all with a more in-depth look at the themes of the PJP Meeting, and produce more useful information on these extremely important subjects. So if you are travelling to Rome already on Thursday afternoon, please lend us your expertise and insight and join us for the Pre-Conference!


Friday 17th February

Location: Piccolo Eliseo NEW: Roma Eventi – Fontana di Trevi

 9:00  Registration Opens
10:30 – 11:15 Opening Session

Music introduction – Flowing Chords

Opening remarks:

  • Stefano Mastruzzi, SLMC Director
  • Deborah Kelleher, AEC President
  • Rico Gubler, AEC Council member
  • Linda Bloemhard, Chair of the PJP Working Group
11:15 – 12:15 Plenary Session I

Designing Curricula for the Future

Case study: From disciplinary to interdisciplinary learning Willem de Kooning Academy 2013 – today

Roger Teeuwen

12:30 -13:30 Breakout Groups with PJP Working Group members
13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 16:00 Plenary Session II

What Does It Mean to Make It? – The Ever-Evolving Artist

Panel discussion with Silvia Bolognesi and Rabih Beaini, moderated by Hannes Pries

16:00 – 16:30 Networking with refreshments
16:30 – 17:30 New Connections
18:00 – 20:00 Saint Louis College of Music Open Night


Saturday 18th February

Location: Piccolo Eliseo NEW: Roma Eventi – Fontana di Trevi

10:00 – 11:00 Plenary Session III

What Does It Mean to Make It? – Opening Gateways to Internationalization in Higher Music Education

Introducing the Working With Music project with Verdiana Saint Amour di Chanaz, Costanza Alegiani and Lucia Di Cecca; Panel Discussion moderated by Marta Raviglia

11:10 – 13:00 Open Floor parallel sessions proposed by participants
13:00 – 14:30


 14:30 – 14:45


Music Intermezzo
14:45-15:30 PRIhME final multiplier – presentation about the project and its outcomes

Update with Chair of the Editorial Board David-Emil Wickström, and Chair of the Assembly Working group Esther Nass

15:30 – 16:15 Information forum + market
16:15 – 17:15 Discussion Groups – reflection on the conference and future topics
17:15 – 18:00 Closing Session

  • News from the AEC – Stefan Gies, AEC Chief Executive
  • Announcement of the PJP Platform meeting 2024
  • Closing Remarks by Linda Bloemhard, PJP WG Chair
19:00 – 21:00 Dinner and Concert

Auditorium Fellini

Roma Eventi – Piazza di Spagna

Sunday 19 February

VoCon is a Europe-wide platform for vocal Jazz, Pop and all interested teachers in higher music education. It provides the need for sharing good practices, thoughts on education, and differences in vision and mission in the various European countries. It is a very personal practice-based platform that aims to connect professional teachers in higher education on a ‘person to person’ base. It is a learning community, practising what it preaches and also providing and protecting free space for sharing topics that emerge on the spot.

9:00 – 9:15 Greeting and introduction 
9:15 – 10:00 Welcome presentation by voice teachers and students from Saint Louis College of Music, Rome (Italy)
10:00 – 11:00 Roma Forestiera: Migrant Music and the Sounds of Contemporary Rome

Alessandro Portelli (former professor at Università La Sapienza, Rome – Italy / founder of Circolo Gianni Bosio)

11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 11:45 Open Floor Session I

Body-Mind Vocal Therapy

Chrystel Wautier (KASK & Conservatorium, Gent / Royal Conservatoire, Antwerp – Belgium)

11:45 – 12:15 Open Floor Session II

Improvisation as a Tool for Freedom of Expression

Almaz Yebio (Malmö Academy of Music / University of Lund, Malmö – Sweden)

12:15 – 12:45 Open Floor Session III

Vocal Jazz Lessons – The Role of Rhythm

Jenny Robson (Sibelius Academy, Helsinki – Finland)

12:45 – 13:00 Final discussion, planning VoCon future meetings