In June, MusiQuE took part in the 31st EAS Conference: “Traditions in Transformation”. During this event, MusiQuE Board members Orla McDonagh Gerhard Sammer, and MusiQuE representative Natassa Economidou Stavrou hosted a workshop titled “The MusiQuE Standards for Classroom Music Teacher Education Programmes: a tool to support classroom music education providers and stakeholders to reflect on traditions and transform music teacher education”.

During the workshop participants were introduced to MusiQuE, its philosophy and role in the sector, and discussed the MusiQuE Standards for Classroom Music Teacher Education Programmes, their relevance and their further development. Participants were invited to reflect on their active role in transforming classroom learning and teaching practices, fostering a culture of transformative quality within the music education sector.

MusiQuE representatives presented recent revisions to the standards, which now more explicitly address key areas such as student involvement in decision-making, sustainability, equality, diversity and inclusion, health and well-being, digital innovation, and engagement with the broader social context. Through interactive group discussions, participants delved into specific standards, envisioning how their institutions could apply these principles. Furthermore, participants provided valuable feedback to enhance the Standards’ quality and ensure their relevance for users within the EAS community.

MusiQuE Standards for Classroom Music Teacher Education Programmes serve as a valuable self-evaluation and reflection tool for classroom music teachers, facilitating reflection on institutional strengths and weaknesses, unique offerings, and opportunities for programmatic transformation to meet evolving educational requirements and challenges. The standards are currently under revision, following the recent changes and developments brought to MusiQuE’s Standards for Institutional and Programme Reviews in 2023 and can be found here.