Working Group Education

This group chaired by Timo Klemettinen focused on music education in Europe.

In schools

Music should be a separate, compulsory subject in primary schools.

Sufficient public funding must be guaranteed for music education. Moreoever, to guarantee the sustainability of institutions providing education, this funding must be two-tiered: long-term structural funding and short-term project funding.

New approaches

  • To develop music education and the status of music education in society, collaboration must be strengthened between:
  • music education and other stakeholders (e.g. cross-sectoral collaboration and in collaboration with other arts; young musicians)
  • music schools and school music education (also through exchange programmes)
  • music education and students, alumni and families.
  • Both the artistic and the entrepreneurial mindsets of students should be developed to face the present-day job market

Teaching & training

  • Continuous professional development, the renewal of teacher-training and quality assessment are key ways to adapt music education to the changing needs of music education and society.
  • Music technology should be explored for its uses and benefits in music education.
  • International exchange among teachers and students as well as the exchange of good practices should be fostered through projects and networks.

Societal role

  • Equality and diversity in terms of genre, gender and musical tradition, not to mention social and cultural background, must be improved through:
  • more activities aimed at addressing social and cultural challenges
  • collaboration with non-formal and informal music education
  • the use of music technology.