Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Music Education: An Invitation for Action

Katja Thomson (First author), Karolien Dons, Monica Vejgaard, Alfonso Guerra, Francesca Innocenti, Karine Hahn, Lin Xiangning, Ronald C. McCurdy, Ankna Arockiam, Steven Faber

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    With this “invitation for action”, the Diversity, Inclusion & Gender Equality (DIGE) Working Group of the AEC - Empowering Artists as Makers in Society project (hereafter, ARTEMIS) welcomes all the AEC member institutions to explore, discuss and implement practices fostering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Higher Music Education (HME). We invite our colleagues to collectively dream up possible futures for HME through DEI work, which responds to the need to accommodate the plurality of backgrounds, artistic paradigms, access capabilities, identities and aspirations amongst current as well as future students and staff. Through this publication we wish to encourage the AEC member
    institutions to grasp this simultaneously evident and complex task and to explore what diversity, equity and inclusion could mean if musicians are seen as “makers in, for and of society” (Gaunt et al. 2021). For us as a Working Group, this proactive view has been central to our work from the beginning, as we asked ourselves whether HME institutions find themselves predominantly adapting (or not) to inevitable local and global changes and pressures, and whether the HME
    institutions could see themselves as part of a network of change makers in society. Focusing on the latter, we see DEI work as being directly connected to the core artistic practices of the institutions. As reflections from many of our colleagues in various AEC member institutions illustrate, the commitment to DEI work nurtures artistic imagination, widens pedagogical approaches, and expands the scope of professional practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherAssociation Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen
    Commissioning bodyEuropean Union
    Number of pages74
    Publication statusPublished - 2023


    • diversity
    • equity
    • inclusion
    • action
    • resistance
    • conservatoires
    • music
    • higher music education


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