The Thursday Talks (previously strategic learning talks) are virtual events where MEP Group members showcase their work, propose topics and hold discussions on critical and timely issues.
Thursday Talks 2023
12 Jan 2023 | 10:15am CET | online
"What is Inherited, What is Education? Music and the Genes - A Complicated Relationship"
Presentation by Prof. Dr. Eckart Altenmüller, Professor and head of the Department of Music-Physiology and Musician’s Medicine at the University for Music and Theater in Hannover, Germany
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23 March 2023
News from the Field: Exploring Partnerships and Collaborations
25 May 2023
Approaches to Advocacy and Networking: Best Practice Exchange Among MEP Group Members
Thursday Talks 2022
24 March 2022
Help for Ukrainian Refugee Musicians | More...
05 May 2022
MEPLab 1:Global Compact on Music Education: From Text to Active Process (Americas, Europe)
12 May 2022
MEPLab 2: Global Compact on Music Education: From Text to Active Process (Asia, Europe)
23 June 2022
Strategic Learning Talk: Music Teacher Education
Strategic Learning Talks 2021
Finland's new 2030 Vision for Music Education: Three main themes and 25 action proposals
February 25th 2021 @ 3pm CET
Reflections on training school music teachers for a post-pandemic world
May 6th 2021 @ 3pm CEST
This talk explored perspectives from Portugal and England on such questions as:
What music teacher profiles do we want?
What is the current situation in terms of providing musical training for non-music classroom teachers?
What is already happening and what should be happening in the future?
Are things likely to change after the pandemic?
What tools, resources and ideas can we share across borders?
Fiona Pendreigh, Chair, Music Education Council, England
Helena Vieira, Institute of Education, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
Culture Wars in Music Education: Policy Approaches to Diversity
20th May 2021 @ 10:00am - 11:30am CEST
The pandemic has created a sense of unprecedented opportunity to reimagine what music education is supposed to be. This could potentially lead to a wider shift towards more culturally responsive and culturally diverse policies in music education.
How can we use what we’ve learned from how music education was delivered during the pandemic to reframe some of the central arguments traditionally made for this shift vis-à-vis policy-makers on the less liberal sides of the “culture wars”?
Graham Welch, Chair, Institute of Education, University of London
Huib Schippers, Professor of music research and former director of Folkways Records at the Smithsonian Institution
Alexis Kallio, Specialist in the politics of music education, Griffith University, Australia
Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman, Sámi musician, Finland
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Strategic Learning Talks 2020
Sessions of e-symposium on "Rethinking Policies for Music Education in a Post-Pandemic World"
Sustaining the Music Education Workforce
Fostering Music in Schools
Ensuring Equality of Access to an Active Music Life
Towards a Global Value Statement on Music Education: Discussion on the MEP Group's Global Compact
Group discussion, moderator: Dr. Erica Eyrich
Funding Music Education During and After the Pandemic
Morag MacDonald, Creative Scotland, Hannah Fouracre, Arts Council England
New National Studies on the State of Music Education: Canada & Germany
Dr. Ute Welscher (Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany) and Dr. Eric Favaro (Canada Coalition for Music Education) will present their findings and talk about the challenges of conducting a nation-wide study in a country where educational policies are made at the local/regional level.
Music Education Policies in Latin America - Quo Vadis?
Talk by Prof. Adriana Didier (FLADEM) and Dr. Marcus Madeiros (President, Brazilian Association for Music Education) followed by Q&A
Strategic Learning Talks 2019
11 March 2019 | 12:30 CET
Finland's ARTSEQUAL Research Initiative:
The New Policy Brief "Schools as the largest cultural centers"
The ARTSEQUAL research initiative, coordinated by the University of the Arts Helsinki, examines the arts as public service, with equality as the starting point, and explores how the arts can meet the social challenges of the 2020s. More...
11 July 2019 | 10am CEST
Policies for Building Teacher Capacity in Music Education - Country Comparisons
11 April 2019 | 9am CET
Virtual MEP Group Reception (I)
Getting to know the MEP Group member organizations: introductions, ideas & suggestions for future action!
10 May 2019 | 9am CET
Virtual MEP Group Reception (II)
Getting to know the MEP Group member organizations: introductions, updates and discussion of MEP Group 2019 Annual Background Report!