Jos De Backer Spotlight Speaker at Temple University Philadelphia

debackeraprilProf. Dr. Jos De Backer is Spotlight Speaker at the Symposium Temple University Philadelphia on Friday April 10, 2015. The theme of the international conference is “Envisioning the Future of Music Therapy” and will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Music Therapy Courses at Temple University and the 15th Year of the PhD Program in Music Therapy.

The other Spotlight Speakers are Dr. Felicity Baker (Australia), Dr. Hanne Mette Ridder (Denmark), Dr. Jaakko Erkkilla (Finland), Dr. Helen Odell-Miller (UK) and Dr. Even Ruud (Norway).

Thomas De Baets New EAS Vice President

EASvp1Dr. Thomas De Baets has been elected Vice President of the European Association for Music in Schools (EAS), for a period of 2 years (2015-2017). The EAS is a music education network. It brings together all those concerned with music education to share and exchange knowledge and experience in professional fields and to advocate for high quality music education accessible to all. EAS provides a forum for teachers, teacher educators, students, researchers, artists and policy makers working in school related music education in Europe. 

Book presentation


On February 10, Luc Nijs and Thomas De Baets will present their new book “Muziekpedagogiek in beweging – Technologie als medium” (in English: Music Education in Motion – Technology as medium) in the Chamber Music Hall of LUCA Campus Lemmens. The book includes contributions by Jan Elen, Jos Herfs, Robin Van Rootseler, Martine Huvenne, Paul Craenen, Marc Leman, Luc Nijs and Thomas De Baets. The book presentation starts at 7 pm. All attendees wil get a free copy of the book. Please send an e-mail to to enroll.

New PhD project started!

Tine Castelein has started PhD research in music education, entitled: “Music Learning through ‘Reflections’. When the music educator’s artistic identity ‘resonates’ with the music learning of students in a non-formal context”.

This research project studies the role of my own artistic identity when coaching musical design processes with children in the non-formal music education. Starting from that artistic identity I interact with them, resonate with their musical learning process, in order to interpret and optimize that learning process on the one hand and learn about my own artistic identity on the other. The own artistic identity is thus applied as a ‘sounding board’ and can be divided in four dimensions: (1) culture educator, (2) musician, (3) reflective practitioner and (4) beginning professional. The research design combines a practice-based research with a literature review. The practice-based research connects action research with a self-study.