Sarah Hennessy
Exeter University, UK

Sarah Hennessy is Honorary Senior Lecturer in Music Education at the Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter, UK.

From 1990 to 2015 she taught on initial teacher training programmes for primary teaching (both generalist and specialist), and on the Masters programme, as well as  supervising doctoral students.

She was a partner in the EAS ‘meNet’ Project (a Comenius 3 EU project) which aimed to build a European network for knowledge exchange in music education. Her involvement in this project and extensive involvement in the European Association for Music in Schools (EAS) has given her a wide knowledge and experience of international collaboration.
She has acted as a consultant on primary teacher education to the UK government and has researched and published widely particularly on issues concerning primary music teaching.

She has completed funded evaluations for many organisations including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Royal Opera House, and the Association of British Orchestras.

She is founding editor of the journal Music Education Research and founded the International Conference for Research in Music Education (RIME).
She was EAS President 2009-2011 and was an elected board member of the International Society of Music Education 2012-14.
She is Chair of the Orff Society UK.

Kerry Chappell
Exeter University, UK

Dr Kerry Chappell is a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter (UoE), where she leads the MA Education Creative Arts specialism and teaches on other M-level programmes, alongside supervising PhD students.

She also co-leads UoE’s Creativity and Emergent Educational-futures Network, is co-convenor of the British Educational Research Association Creativities Special Interest Group and is Assistant Editor of the journal Thinking Skills and Creativity.

Her research focuses on creativity in education, specifically in the arts and interdisciplinary settings, and how creativity contributes to educational futures debates. Kerry is also interested in the development of participatory methodologies, and often works alongside a variety of professional colleagues, as well as students, as co-researchers.

Her work is informed by her ongoing practice as a dance artist with Devon-based Dancelab Collective and she is a Trustee of Dance in Devon. Kerry has worked with a wide range of organisations including Trinity Laban Music and Dance Conservatoire, Attik Dance, Camden Arts and Wayne McGregor Dance to name a few.
She recently completed two research projects, one investigating creativity in young people’s project-based dance practice (Siobhan Davies Dance Next Choreography), and the other the EU-funded CREATIONS project which developed creative pedagogies through trans-disciplinary arts-science education to better engage students in science education.

She is about to begin work on a number of new research projects including SciCuluture (EU-funded), researching open-ended educative approaches that encourages co-creation between cultural and scientific disciplines in Higher Education and Digital Innovations in Project-based learning researching how VLEs might best support creative learning across different Higher Education disciplines.

Anna Houmann
Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University, Sweden

Dr. Anna Houmann serves as assistant professor, researcher and teacher in educational sciences and music education at the Malmö Academy of Music, Lund university, Sweden.

At the academy she works as a coordinator for the degree projects in the second-cycle and course director for educational sciences within the music education program.

Her research focuses on macro and micro moments when music teachers’ discretionary power is created – or not created – in practice. She has been a project manager in the research project ”Creativities Transcending Boundaries in Higher Music Education” where the results changed both content and forms for teaching, learning and collaborating within the teacher training program.

Her work highlights how making slight changes to existing teaching, learning, and leadership practices can result in transformative ways of thinking and acting. Central themes include how the learning experiences should be designed to enable students to make positive and lasting contributions to their schools, communities, and beyond.

Dr. Houmann has also received recognition and awards for excellence in teaching, including Lund University Pedagogical Prize, 2016.

Magne I. Espeland
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway

Prof. Magne I. Espeland is professor in Music and Education at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (WNUAS) in Norway.

Specialities are curriculum development and innovation in music and arts education, educational design studies, research methodologies for education, master and PhD surpervision , and project leadership.

Recent administrative duties include chairing the Research Program for Creativity and Culture Education at WNUAS and MusicNet West, a network of higher music education in Western Norway. His experience includes serving as a Board member, commission chair and conference organizer in International Society for Music education (ISME) and he was one of the founders of Grieg Research School in Interdiciplinary Music Studies, a multi institutional co-operation between institutions in Western Norway.

Nationally he has chaired and served on a number of Ministerial Committees from 1994 onwards, e.g. on new national curricula in music (1997) and music teacher education (2010) and the national Ministerial expert committee on art and culture in education (2014).

He is well known as a clinician and speaker in numerous contexts and has been invited to keynote addresses in many countries. His PhD was an investigation of group processes in music composition in schools.
Recently he has been principal researcher in the project “Improvisation in Teacher Education (2013-2017) a 4 year research project funded by the Norwegian National Research Council (NRC), and is currently principal researcher in two more NRC funded projects, Building Sustainable Digital Practices in Kindergarten Literacy and Arts Programmes (DigiSus) and School and concert – from transmission to dialogue (DiSko).
He is chairing the Scientific Board of the ‘Center of Creativities, Arts and Science in Education (CASE)’, which is home to Research & Development projects at the intersection of arts, science and creative education.



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January 13, 2019

Deadline for abstract submission postponed to February 11, 2019!

Good news for all who are running out of time: The deadline for abstract submission has been postponed to February 11, 2019. So you will have another four weeks for submitting your proposals. We are excited and look forward to your contributions! ...

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