The Pop and Jazz Platform Meeting 2018 will take place at the Conservatorio di Musica Luisa D’Annunzio in Pescara, Italy, on 9-10 February 2018

The Pop and Jazz Platform Preparatory Working Group:

Lars ANDERSSON (Malmoe Academy of Music) – Chair
Stefan HECKEL (Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz)
Erling AKSDAL (Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim)
Simon PURCELL (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London)
Maria Pia DE VITO (Saint Louis College of Music, Rome)
Hannie VAN VELDHOVEN (Utrechts Conservatorium)
Udo DAHMEN (Pop Akademie Mannheim)
Linda BLOEMHARD (Codarts, Rotterdam)

The AEC Preparatory Working Group members work on the preparation of AEC events on voluntary basis. The AEC Preparatory Working Groups are all formed by coopting active individuals in the relevant field of specialization within AEC member institutions. Proactivity, as well as geographical and gender balances are the applied criteria to guarantee the diverse and dynamic character of the groups, who should ideally recreate the diversity of AEC members institutions.
Working Group members are financially supported by their home institutions, which cover their travel and accommodation expenses to the working group meetings and to the actual event.


Easy to say – hard to do?

The theme of this year’s conference is “PLAY” and we are very happy to announce that Stephen Nachmanovitch (US), the author of the highly acclaimed book “Free Play,” will be our keynote speaker. We will also have a group of respected artists and experts that will take us deep into discussion on play and playfulness within the world of music making.

There is a high level of expertise and knowledge within the PJP community and as a result we have increased the participatory aspects of the meeting even further by introducing a new feature this year. “Open Floor” is a session where delegates from the PJP community can share great ideas and practice by giving a short presentation (for 10 minutes) followed by audience discussion on topics such as innovative curriculum design, issues in learning and teaching, methods on artistic and personal expression, new technology in education, genre perspectives or intercultural and international aspects of education etc. This session depends entirely on delegates´ willingness to share their knowledge, so please take the time to propose a presentation when you complete the registration form.

This year we are also very happy to arrange a pre-conference meeting on folk/world music on a European level. We believe that the PJP and the world music communities have much in common and it makes sense to bring them closer together. Each genre has of course its own distinctive features but there are more aspects of music making that unite us and we strongly believe that we could all benefit from working together and sharing expertise.

To play it safe is not to play – Robert Altman

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct – Carl Jung

We are looking forward to meeting you all in Italy, the home of great food and wine, and let the intellect and play meet in perfect harmony.


Pescara, Italy
9-10 February

Easy to say – hard to do?


Thursday 8th February

Pre-conference meetings of the following groups:

  • Word Music: 11:30 – 19:30 Room 1 and 4

    10:30 Open door
    11:00 Welcome and Introduction
    11:15-13:00 News and Updates from the participants
    13:00-14:00 Lunch
    14:00-15:00 Break out groups (Ensemble work, Acquiring students, Music theory – different approaches)
    15:00 Break out summary
    15:30 WM-Network´s contribution to AEC / PJP-Platform
    16:30 Next meeting and plans for future
    17:00 Closing
    18:00 Dinner together

  • Students meeting: 15:00 – 19:00 room 9

  • Pop & Jazz working group meeting: 18:00 – 20:00 room 5

Friday 9th February

9:00-9:30: Registration opens Coffee Available [Aula Musicoterapia, Ground Floor]

9:30 – 10:15: PJP Q&A session
Informal introduction for newcomers and talking about issues concerning pop and jazz teaching with fellow colleagues [Aula 1, First Floor]

10:30 – 11:00: Opening Event [Auditorium]
Music Introduction
Opening remarks by

  • Alfonso Patriarca, Director of the Conservatorio di Pescara
  • Marco Alessandrini, Major of Pescara
  • Iñaki Sandoval, AEC Council Member
  • Lars Andersson, PJP Chairman

11:00 – 12:00: Stephen Nachmanovitch, author of “Free Play – Improvisation in Life and Art” and floor discussion

12:00 – 13:00: Breakout Groups

A Lars Andersson Room 1 first floor
B Linda Bloemhard Room 2 first floor
C Udo Dahmen Room 4 first floor
D Maria Pia De Vito Room 5 first floor
E Stefan Heckel Room 6 first floor
F Simon Purcell Room 8 second floor
G Hannie Van Veldhoven Room 9 second floor
H Erling Aksdal Room 10 second floor

13:00 – 15:00: Lunch at Nettuno Restaurant

15:00 – 15:45 and 15:45 – 16:30: “PLAY! Easy to say – hard to do?” – activity Session by Lucas Dols, 2 shifts [Aula 1, First Floor]

16:30 – 17:00: Networking with Refreshments [Aula Bellisario]

17:00 – 17:15: Presentation about the new AEC’s Project: “Strengthening Music in Society” [Auditorium]

17:15 – 18:15
Wrap up from World Music Meeting [Auditorium]
Wrap up from the Students’ Meeting [Auditorium]
Explanation of the Open Floor Session [Auditorium]

18:30 Buses to Castello Chiola

19:30 Visit to the local museums

21:00: Dinner with musical aperitive

Saturday 10th February

10:00 – 11:30: Plenary Session II [Auditorium]
Music Introduction
Moderator: Hannie van Veldhoven

  • Susanne Abbuehl, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Lucas Dols, Sounds of Change, The Netherlands
  • Stefano Zenni, Conservatorio “G.B. Martini” Bologna, Italy
  • Valentin Brunn, Virtual Riot, Germany

11:30-12:00: Networking with Refreshments [Aula Bellisario]

12:00 – 13:00: World Café – discussion with the speakers

Lucas Dols – Musicoterapia Room ground floor
Stefano Zenni – Room 1 first floor
Valentin Brunn – Room 9 second floor
Susanne Abbuehl – Room 2 second floor

13:00 – 15:00: Lunch at Restauarant Nettuno

15:00 – 16:30: Open Floor: Group discussion on the selected topic

16:30 – 17:00: Match making with Refreshments in Aula Bellisario

17:00 – 17:30: Closing Session [Auditorium]

  • Performative conference wrap up
  • News from the AEC
  • Announcement of the PJP Platform meeting 2019
  • Closing Remarks

18:00: Closing Concert “House of Europe” [Auditorium]

Sunday 11th February

VOCON activities

9:00 meeting up ( who are you , what inspires you)
10:00 – 11:30 Voice-on: POP Workshop by Brian Zalmijn, Berklee College Valencia
11:30-13:00 Voice on: JAZZ Workshop by Maria Pia De Vito – open to students

Please fill in the AEC PJP Online Registration Form

please note that registration is compulsory to attend the meeting.

Early bird deadline: 15th January 2017

you will receive more information about the event to the e-mail address you provide in the form one week before the event. Please provide your direct email address

Information on Fee Payment

To receive an invoice please mail

Participation fees can be paid the following ways:

  • Manual Payment by Bank Transfer before the event
  • Ideal, Credit Card, Paypal, Bankcontact Systems Online (in the registration form)
  • Manual Payment (cash on the spot in Pescara)
  • Manual Payment (by Credit Card in Pescara)

Amount of the Registration Fee (per person)

Category For Registration and Payment made by January 15th For Registration and Payment made after 15th January
Representative of an AEC member institution 140 euro 190 euro
Representative of a non-AEC member institution 440 euro 490 euro
Student from an AEC member institution 50 euro 70 euro

The participation fee includes:

• Conference documents
• Participation to all plenary and parallel sessions
• Participation to the networking moments
• Possibility to display information brochures posters and materials about AEC
members institutions
• Coffee Breaks
• One organized Cocktail (Friday 9)
• One organized Dinner (Friday 9)
• Two organized Lunch (Friday 9 and Saturday 10)
• Concerts organized by the hosting institution
• Assistance by the AEC Office Staff

The participation fee will not be reimbursed for cancellations notified after January 15th

Bank details for payments by bank transfer

Bank: BNP Paribas Fortis
Account Holder: AEC-Music
IBAN: BE47 0016 8894 2980

When making the transfer, please clearly quote:

• Invoice number
• the code of the event (PJP 2018) and
• the last name of the participant
• the name of your institution (if fitting)
Example: PJP2018, Smith, Gotham Conservatory

Conservatoire Address

Viale Giovanni Bovio, 1, 65123 Pescara PE, Italia


If you wish to already book your accommodation in Pescara we warmly suggest Hotel G, located in front of Pescara Train Station, 7 minutes walking from the Conservatoire:

Single room: 79 euro + city tax (including WiFi and Breakfast)
Double room: 104 euro + city tax (including WiFi and Breakfast)

booking email address: Please refere to the “Conference at the Conservatorio”

Please see other nearby hotels in this MAP


Pescara has an airport, mostly used by low cost companies (Ryanair, Wizzair, etc) and Alitalia for national and international routes.

Another option is to fly to Rome (Fiumicino or Ciampino airports) and change to Pescara OR, in Rome airport, take the bus to Pescara (3-4 hours). There are several bus companies serving the route Rome-Pescara. You can book your bus ticket in advance on internet. These are the main companies
Di Carlo bus:

Alternatively you can fly to Milan (any airport) and take a flight to Pescara or a train from the train station Milano Centrale (there is a bus from the airports to the train station). Please see train schedule at