In this issue, we dive into the broad landscape of learning about music. Our journey there covers topics including the relevance of musical training for teachers, why the encouragement of musical talent really needs to begin at the preschool level, and just how diverse the field of Elementary Music Pedagogy is.

Ulrike Sych
Ulrike Sych ©Inge Prader, 2017

Once again, the Women’s and Queer Policy Department of the hmdw will be observing the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia—this year with a concert programme featuring music by the pianist and composer Vilma von Webenau, and we’ve included a brief introduction here to this first woman student of Arnold Schönberg. An interview with Johannes Meissl, head of the Joseph Haydn Department of Chamber Music, Early Music, and Contemporary Music, provides insights into the programme of this year’s European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) in Grafenegg. We hear from students of Film Academy Vienna about how working with children on a film set requires special preparation and loads of sensitivity. And the instructors who teach the subject Lead Voice and Speech at the Max Reinhardt Seminar go in-depth about their work and about why it’s often about far more than just speech.

This issue also pays attention to the themes of diversity, intersectionality, barrier-free access, and inclusion: Beate Hennenberg sketches out the first steps of the Erasmus+ project Inclusive Pedagogy in Arts – Europe, which evaluates exemplary practices in inclusive music-making and seeks to develop a new European model as well as provide innovative teaching materials.

I wish you an interesting read!

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