EAS conference 2018 – Digitizing music education

Over the last year, we have been researching the topic of digital music education, based on needs we have identified in a survey with you guys on sofasession and music schools. At the Jelgava conference of the EAS (European Association for Music in Schools), we will present our findings.

Music Creation and Music Education

We have been running sofasession since April 2015, a creative community for musicians of which we are grateful that you are a part of. We always thrived to create an environment that helps musicians like you to find other musicians and make music with them online.
In our last post we shortly covered how we believe that enabling digital and online music education can help musicians, music students, schools and teachers to become better musicians. Since a year we have been working closely with music schools, the Salzburg University of Education Stefan Zweig with Fritz Höfer and many musicians, music students and teachers to create etudo, a digital and online learning environment for music students, specifically designed for the use in music schools.

Blended learning vs autodidact approaches

Learning music really comes in many forms: in institutions, with a private teacher, but also, it comes in the form of actually making music with other musicians. And we were very surprised when many of you people on sofasession answered in a survey we conducted early in 2016 that this was the second most important reason why you are using sofasession.
Learning music as much as creating music is a very social phenomenon. With etudo, we want to put the musicians into the center of the learning experience with a blended learning approach and this is what makes etudo different than other music learning apps, that follow more of an autodidact or standalone approach.

EAS conference 2018

EAS conference 2018
EAS conference 2018: Competences in music education

The European Association for Music in Schools (short: EAS) is having its annual EAS conference this year in Jelgava, Latvia. This year’s conference is set under the topic of “Competences in Music Education”.

The four-day EAS conference ‘Competences in Music Education’ in Jelgava/Riga (Latvia) will provide a great opportunity for students, music teachers, music educators, practitioners, stakeholders and researchers in the field of music education to exchange, present, discuss and share ideas, and to connect to discover new perspectives in relation to various aspects of this conference topic.

Our contributions at the conference include presentation of research among users of etudo and sofasession regarding their impact on music education, as well as a hands-on workshop on how those applications can be used in music education.

Our EAS conference contributions

Together with Fritz Höfer from the Education University of Salzburg, Austria, we are hosting two events where we are going to cover our experiences with digital music education with first hand experiences from etudo and sofasession.

Workshop interactive music education

Title: Interactive music education with the app “etudo” and the platform “sofasession”
Date: Thursday, 15.03.2018 15:45 – 16:15
Location: Workshop Room
Topics: This is a hand-ons workshop, where we are going to showcase sofasession as an interactive environment to create music with others, and etudo, our interactive music learning application with two practical examples.
Presenters: Fritz Höfer, Helmut Herglotz
Presentation: Workshop Presentation

Research presentation etudo

Title: Digitization of learning processes and competences in musical lessons and ensemble practice, with the example of the app “etudo”
Date: Friday, 16.03.2018 14:05 – 14:35
Location: 209
Topics: We present the outcomes of interviews conducted among music teachers using etudo in their teaching.
Presenters: Fritz Höfer, Helmut Herglotz
Presentation: Powerpoint Presentation Material

Digital Music Education

DigiTiME

EAS has a special focus group that focuses on the use of music technology to support musical learning, but in schools and music teacher education, called DigiTiME. Members of this group consist of researchers from different European countries.

Interesting presentations at EAS conference regarding digital music education

The following chronological list is a personal selection of presentations and workshops I am looking forward to attending, with special focus on digital music education and ICT.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sound Apps

Title: DiGiTime RP. Sound APPs – a cluster model for competence based learning with mobile devices
Date: Thursday, March 15, 10:00 – 10:30
Location: Room 123
Presenter: Philipp Ahner

Use and Effects of Digital Media inside Communities of Practice

Title: DiGiTime PP. Problem-Based Digital Music Education: Use and Effects of Digital Media Inside Communities of Practice
Date: Thursday, March 15, 11:25 – 11:55
Location: Room 123
Presenters: Tobias Mesarosch, Michael Ahlers

An interactive learning environment for secondary schools

Date: Thursday, March 15, 11:25 – 11:55
Location: Room 209
Presenter: Gabriel Imthurn

Pocket Composer – Making music on android

Title: Pocket Composer – Making music on Android
Date: Thursday, March 15, 13:30 – 14:00
Location: Workshop Room
Presenters: Jan Freyman, Tamara Flad.

Interactive music education

Title: Interactive music education with the app “etudo” and the platform “sofasession”
Date: Thursday, 15.03.2018 15:45 – 16:15
Location: Workshop Room
Topics: This is a hand-ons workshop, where we are going to showcase sofasession as an interactive environment to create music with others, and etudo, our interactive music learning application with two practical examples.
Presenters: Fritz Höfer, Helmut Herglotz

Friday, March 16, 2018

Joint Forces in European Projects for Music Education

Title: AEC & EMU & EAS Joint Forces in European Projects for Music Education.
Date: Friday, March 16, 10:00 – 11:05
Location: Concert Hall
Presenters: Stefan Gies, Timo Klemettinen, Adri de Vugt, Natassa Economidou Stavrou, Marina Gall

Engaging music education for digital natives

Title: Solfeg.io – engaging music education for digital natives
Date: Friday, March 16, 11:25 – 12:30
Location: Workshop Room
Presenters: Anneli Arro, Lauma Kazaka

Digitization of learning processes

Title: Digitization of learning processes and competences in musical lessons and ensemble practice, with the example of the app “etudo”
Date: Friday, 16.03.2018 14:05 – 14:35
Location: 209
Topics: We present the outcomes of interviews conducted among music teachers using etudo in their teaching.
Presenters: Fritz Höfer, Helmut Herglotz

To app or not to app?

Title: To app or not to app? Opportunities with smartphones for music theory related subjects
Date: Friday, March 16, 14:40 – 15:10
Location: Room 209
Presenter: Marit Mõistlik-Tamm

DigiTiME open Space

Title: Open Space 2 DigiTiME (Special Focus Group)
Date: Friday, March 16, 15:45 – 16:45
Location: Room 202
Presenters: Tommy Lindskog, Philipp Ahner

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Singing in Classroom

Title: How new digital technology such as “Charanga Sing” can support singing in your classroom
Date: Saturday, March 17, 10:50 – 11:40
Location: Assembly Hall
Presenter: Madeleine Casson
Academic Titles were omitted in the list above because of lack of consistency in the information

Inofficial WhatsApp Group

Join the inofficial WhatsApp Group to get in touch with other participants (link works on mobile phones with WhatsApp installed):
Inofficial EAS 2018 participants Whatsapp Group

Contact me

If you are interested in more information about this topic, please get in touch with me. You can find me on Twitter, LinkedIn.
I am currently looking for partners in the following fields:
Marketing and Sales Partnerships for France, Netherlands and Scandinavia
Content Partnerships (with music publishers for sheet music and digital music education material)
Governmental partnerships for e-learning initiatives and digitization projects