AEC SMS - Strengthening Music in Society 

Higher  Music Education  Institutions  (HMEIs)  play a crucial  role  to  safeguard,  develop  and  promote European cultural heritage and diversity, to facilitate access to cultural offerings and cultural education for all, and to contribute to economic growth through the creation of new jobs and new business models in the creative sector.

The Music  HEIs' graduates  will become  key  cultural and creative players  of tomorrow and, if equipped  with the appropriate  skills,  competences  and  know-how,  will  contribute  decisively  to  strengthening  the  cultural  and creative sectors and to promoting innovation within them.

AEC has had significant impact in encouraging Music HEIs to adapt to change, embrace innovation and open up new  fields  of  activities. AEC-SMS represents a bold new step in the Association’ s continuing work to provide this impetus. 

AEC-SMS Project Objectives

  1. Music's and Music Higher Education Institutions’ (HEIs') Role in Society: To raise consciousness for the social responsibility of artists and music HEIs and for governments' political responsibility to foster cultural organisations. (We will start to work on this objective at the end of 2018)
  2. Diversity, Identity, Inclusiveness: To encourage Music HEIs to open their educational offer towards more diversity and to promote inclusiveness throughout their activities.
  3. Entrepreneurial mind-set for musicians: To embed entrepreneurial skills in the education of the artist to better prepare students for their future role as musician-entrepreneur.
  4. Internationalisation and transnational mobility: To help music students and teachers to internationalise their careers and activities.
  5. Shaping the musician of tomorrow through innovative 'Learning&Teaching' (L&T): To provide new L&T models enabling Music HEIs to educate creative and communicating musicians. This strand will be coordinated jointly with the Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education (CEMPE) of the Norwegian Academy of Music.
  6. Teacher education in the digital age: To encourage the use of digital technologies in music education. To increase the quality of early childhood music education, and thus extend the audience of tomorrow. This strand will be fully coordinated by the European Music Schools Union (EMU) and involve representatives of the European Association of Music in Schools (EAS).