MERYC21 online conference

The Digital Environment and Early Childhood Music Education. Impossibilities or opportunities?

Fri 26 Feb 2021 - 12:30 to 16:30
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Thanks to corona, the next 'big' MERYC Conference will not take place in Vienna until 2022. In the meantime, Musica will host an online event. The mini-conference The Digital Environment and Early Childhood Music Education focuses on the impact of the pandemic on working with the youngest children.

The keynote speakers are Helga Rut Guðmundsdóttir, professor of music education at the University of Iceland, and Beatriz Ilari, professor of music education at the University of Southern California. Practical examples from the Netherlands, UK, Lithuania and Austria, will also be highlighted. Interspersed, will be time for discussion and informal conversation in break-out rooms.

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12:30 pm - Pre-conference arrival

13:00 pm - Hans Van Regenmortel & dr. Luc Nijs: Welcome and introduction

13:10 pm - Keynote by Prof. Helga R. Gudmundsdottir: Current challenges for researchers and practitioners in early childhood music education

13:30 pm - Discussion in break out rooms

14:00 pm - What is happening in early childhood practice in four different countries?

14:05 pm - The Netherlands: Felice Van der Sande

14:15 pm - United Kingdom: Kate Comberti

14:25 pm - Lithuania: Darutė Pilibavičienė & Ruta Girdzijauskiene

14:35 pm - Austria: Julia Auer

14:45 pm - Coffee break: breakout rooms available for informal chat

15:00 pm - Discussions in breakout rooms with practitioners

15:30 pm - Keynote by Prof. Beatriz Ilari: Family musicking at home in the digital age

15:50 pm - Veronika Kinsky: Invitation to MERYC conference in Vienna 2022

16:00 pm - Meeting closure

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