16-18 February (Rome)

The conference will take place in presence.
Plenary sessions will be streamed.
Online participants will also be invited to join online-only breakout groups. 


Thursday 16 February

Location: Via Baccina

 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, SLCM Director
  • 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 In presence + online
13:30-14:45 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 Johannes Pries

16:00 – 16:30 Networking with refreshments
16:30 – 17:30 New Connections
18:00 – 20:00 Various performances organised by Saint Louis College of Music


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; Panel Discussion moderated by Marta Raviglia

11:10 – 13:00 Open Floor – parallel sessions

30 min including Q&A


In presence only + online only
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:15 PRIhME final multiplier – presentation about the project and its outcomes


15:30 – 16:15 Information forum + market
16:15 – 17:15 Discussion Groups – reflection on the conference and future topics In presence + online
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
Dinner and Concert

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