European Music School Symposium


University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Department for Music Education Research and Practice (IMP)

Collaboration partners:
European Music School Union (EMU)
Conference of Austrian Music School Associations (KOMU)

The European Music School Symposium, initiated in 2017 by the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, is the leading international meeting place for music school researchers, teachers, leaders, former and current students, university and conservatoire teachers and professors, representatives from music school organisations and municipalities, and others who are committed to the development of strong, inspiring, and resilient music schools. 

Since the beginning, the symposium has been arranged in collaboration with the European Music School Union (EMU) and the Conference of Austrian Music School Associations (KOMU), emphasising the importance of a continuous dialogue between researchers, practitioners and stakeholder organisations.


6-7 October 2017  

The Future of Music Schools. Today’s Challenges and Tomorrow’s Solutions


10-11 October 2019  

Music schools – Masters of Collaboration? Creating Interfaces in Music Education Systems


15-16 October 2022 & 6-7 October 2023   

Music Schools and Their Ecosystems: Building Sustainable Futures (Pre-symposium & Symposium)                     


Full programmes and books of abstracts from all symposia can be found in the website menu. 

Each of the symposia has been followed by an international publication (see below).

The next European Music School Symposium will be organised in Vienna in 2026. Further information about topics, programme, submissions and reviewing procedures will be available on this website closer to the event. 



Finnish Journal of Music Education: Special issue on sustainability in music education (guest editor: Cecilia Björk, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna), due to appear in June 2024.



Music Schools in Changing Societies
How Collaborative Professionalism Can Transform Music Education


Michaela Hahn, Cecilia Björk, Heidi Westerlund (Eds.)

Routledge, 2024

234 Seiten

ISBN 9781032431338






The Future of Music Schools. European Perspectives


Michaela Hahn, Franz-Otto Hofecker (Hg.):

The Future of Music Schools: European Perspectives.

Musikschulmanagement Niederösterreich GmbH 2019

324 Seiten

DOI (pub.mdw): 10.21939/future_of_music_schools







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