AEC Mission & Vision

Vision of the Association


The AEC aims to be the leading voice for European higher music education and a powerful advocate for all that is best in it throughout the world.  It sees the discipline of higher music education as combining a quest for excellence in three areas: artistic practice (the doing and making of music); learning and teaching (the transmission of knowledge and understanding of music) and research and innovation (the exploration of new musical knowledge and understanding and of new ways of applying it).  It seeks to foster all of these elements and to encourage the diversity and dynamism with which they are pursued in different institutions, countries and regions.

Mission of the Association

The AEC works for the advancement of European Higher Music Education and, more generally, of music, the arts and culture in contemporary society and for future generations.  It does this through providing support, information and expert advice to the specialist institutions offering Higher Music Education, through engaging in advocacy and partnership-building at European and international levels and through measures to raise understanding and enhance standards of Higher Music Education across the European Higher Education Area and beyond.

Whilst Music is the primary focus of the AEC, Dance and Drama are often taught alongside Music in the specialist institutions represented by the Association and, under those circumstances, its mission actively embraces these disciplines. The statements made here, and in the Aims, Objectives and Values of the AEC, should therefore be regarded as also applying, where relevant, to these sister performing arts.