AEC and CEMPE Learning and Teaching Conference 

The AEC and CEMPE Conference “Becoming musicians: student involvement and teacher collaboration in higher music education” is taking place at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, October 24-26, 2018. 

The Association Européenne des Conservatoires (AEC) and the Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education (CEMPE) invite colleagues and students to send proposals to their joint conference “Becoming musicians: student involvement and teacher collaboration in higher music education”. The conference is held on occasion of celebrating CEMPE’s first five years. It also marks the establishment and the beginning work of the AEC and CEMPE-run platform Learning and Teaching in Music Performance Education (latimpe).

Conference theme

In recent years, student involvement has been a central topic in higher music education. Many argue that students should be the central agents in their own learning processes, and that teachers and higher education institutions should strive to empower students and engage them more actively. Student-oriented, student-active or student-centred learning methods have become common concepts. Teacher collaboration is at the same time an evolving topic in many higher music education practices. In many cases teacher collaboration and student involvement are also intertwined. But what do these concepts mean? What does a “student-centred” practice look like, and what do teachers collaborate about? What are the benefits of involving students more actively and of increased collaboration in learning and teaching practices? What do student involvement and teacher collaboration mean in learning contexts ranging from one-to-one contexts to cross-disciplinary or cross-institutional practices?

These are some of the questions the conference seeks to illuminate. The conference committee welcomes proposals addressing these or other questions relevant to the conference theme. Presentations may for example be of a practice or a program, of projects, research or theory. A variety of both presentations and presenters are welcome to join the conference.

Presentations and proposals details


Presentations: 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion.
Special sessions (workshops or panel discussions): 1 hour.


For all proposals please write an abstract following the template provided. Proposals should be sent as a Word attachment to

Selection of proposals

Proposals will be accepted on the basis of their relevance to the conference theme, their significance, and originality. Presentations incorporating live music-making are welcome.

Deadline for submission

April 27th 2018

Travel grant

Presenters may apply for a grant to cover costs of travel and accommodation for the conference, as well as the conference fee. Please complete the form provided and follow the instructions described there. Send it as a Word document to, together with your abstract.

Priority is given to presenters with long or costly travel routes, students, presenters not being reimbursed by an institution or who are in a challenging economic situation.

Registration for the conference will open later.

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Education for Music Entrepreneurship Seminar

Oslo, 25 – 26 January 2018

Welcome to European Creative Futures’ seminar: Education for Music entrepreneurship 25-26 January 2018. The seminar is hosted by the Norwegian Academy of Music / CEMPE – Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education, Oslo.

Key educators and professionals from Europe and USA come to the Norwegian Academy of Music to discuss and identify how to solve the mismatch between training in higher music education and demands from the labour market. How can musical entrepreneurship be implemented as an experiential learning practice in the curricula?

This seminar is for all educators who want to develop their educational skills for self-employment and entrepreneurial careers.

Special guest lecturers:

  • Professor Gerald Klickstein, Founder and former Director of the Music Entrepreneurship & Career Center at the Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University, USA.
  • Jørgen Langdalen, Head of Institute for Music, NTNU

Lecturers from the ECF collegium

  • Dr. Breda Kenny, CIT, Cork, Ireland
  • Gerard ODonovan, Head of Business and Humanities, CIT, Cork, Ireland
  • Roderic Udo, MSc, Research fellow – Research Group Financial Economic Advice in Innovation, Hogeschool Utrecht, University of Applied Sciences
  • Robert Burke, Senior lecturer/programme leader Music performance and production, Solent Southampton University
  • Nick Long, Head of Visual communication and fine art, Solent Southampton University
  • Jon Helge Sætre, Associate professor/ Head of CEMPE, Norwegian Academy of music
  • Andreas Sønning, Associate professor, Norwegian Academy of music

European Creative Futures is a network established within Erasmus program with five institutional members:

  • Cork Institute for Technology including business, fine art, music, media and engineering
  • Lahti University for applied Science, business and fine art
  • Norwegian Academy of Music
  • Solent Southampton University, Music performance and production, fine art, graphic design and fashion, business
  • Utrecht University for Applied science, business, innovation and music management

Program and registration

Download the program here

Please register here

Contact information

Practical matters

Guro Cornelia Almenningen Høimyr T.  +47 97122193 E-mail:

The seminar

Andreas Sønning: +47 90123032 E-mail:

PSN 2018 – Performance Studies Network Fifth International Conference

Performance Studies Network Conference 2018, 5-8 July 2018, at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, Norway.

Registration now open!

Conference website:

About PSN

The international Performance Studies Network comprises professional and amateur musicians, scholars working in a range of musicological disciplines (including music history, analysis, psychology, pedagogy, ethnomusicology and composition) and colleagues from the creative industries. The fifth international conference of the Performance Studies Network will be held at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Slemdalsveien 11, 0363 Oslo, Norway.  The aim is to debate theories, methodologies and practices of performance, and to engage with increasingly diverse, interdisciplinary developments in the field in order to encourage a more global perspective on performance studies.


The Performance Studies Network Conference 2018 offers a rich combination of continuing the traditions of earlier PSN conferences with striking out into new geographical and cultural territory.  Continuing and expanding the international scope of PSN, it also proposes an event with a distinctively Nordic flavour.

Having settled into accommodation in the centre of Oslo, delegates will find easy and quick transport links to the campus of the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH).  There, they will be quickly be immersed in the opening conference discussions followed by a welcome reception and opening concert.

In the days that follow, the aim is to combine thematically-organised presentations with opportunities for networking in the social spaces adjacent to the Levin and Lindemann Halls of NMH.  An expert panel and ‘town hall’ meeting will conclude the conference programme on the final day.  Throughout the conference, there will be a range of live concert events, and a social highlight will be a barbeque laid on in the grounds of NMH, with the more formal Conference Dinner taking place the following day.

A detailed programme will be placed online early in 2018 following the review and selection process for presentation proposals.  The programme for the Performance Studies Network 2018 will aim for a stimulating fusion of Nordic perspectives with issues that are of ongoing interest and concern for the worldwide network of scholars and artists in the field of performance studies.