Strand 6: Digitisation (Teacher Education in the Digital Age)

European Music School Union (EMU)   European Association of Music in Schools (EAS)

Empowering learners and teachers and inspiring them to integrate educational technologies to create innovative learning environments that transform learning and teaching: might this be the force of change that so often is attributed to technology? Might this be a way to enhance the quality of music education? To strengthen music in society through a broader access and more diversity? To even shape society? The Working Group believes it is!


  • Encourage the use of digital technologies in music education.
  • Provide tools and examples of interesting practices that help the acquisition of knowledge, skills and experience on digital technologies, and develop an approach to promote critical thinking, in order to meet the needs of an ever-advancing society.

The “Long And Winding Road” of digitisation

Through its work, WG6 meant to present a framework for the reflective practitioner who wishes to set steps on the “Long And Winding Road” of digitisation. The WG’s activities and outcomes will inspire teachers, researchers and policy makers, support them in a systematic reflection on digitisation, and help them to integrate technology in view of empowering students. This way, students, being the musicians and music educators of the future, will be prepared and equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to strengthening music in society.

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Online database

The WG developed an online database featuring data collected through a questionnaire on the use of digital learning tools in music education institutions.

Webinar on digitisation in music education

A webinar on digitisation in music education targeting music teachers working in music schools was organised on 1-2 October, with 80 participants from all over Europe.


The WG published numerous articles reporting and reflecting on its work, its findings, the data collected and future perspectives:

  • Digitisation in music education
  • Analysis of collected digital practices in HME institutions
  • Reflections of the AEC-SMS Digitisation Working Group on the current COVID-19 situation
  • Imitate or innovate? A reflection on the road ahead in digitising education
  • The Long And Winding Road: exploring the landscape of Digitisation in (Higher) Music Education
  • A new season for digital music education?

Working Group members

The Digitisation Working Group was composed of representatives of AEC, European Music School Union (EMU) and European Association of Music in Schools (EAS).

  • Luc Nijs – Royal Conservatory of Antwerp / University Gent / Lemmens Inst. Leuven (Chair)
  • André Stärk – Hochschule für Musik Detmold
  • Enric Gaus Termens – ESMUC Barcelona
  • Sandrine Desmurs – CEFEDEM Lyon
  • Marina Gall – University of Bristol (EAS)
  • Matti Ruippo – University Tampere – (EMU)
  • Miranda Harmer – Leeds College of Music (Student Representative)
  • Till Skoruppa – EMU (Working Group Coordinator)

More information? Get in touch with the Working Group Coordinator Till Skoruppa!