CreaTeME at the AEC Annual Pop and Jazz Platform Meeting 2024

At the AEC Annual Pop and Jazz Platform meeting held from February 8th to 11th in Odense, Denmark, the CreaTeME team from University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, showcased innovative approaches to music education that are pushing the boundaries of traditional teaching and learning methods.


Under the theme “HANDS ON! Methods, Skills and Sustainability for a Future In Music,” the event, organized by the Pop and Jazz Platform (PJP) Working Group of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC), focused on the future of music education, emphasizing sustainable practices, technological advancements, and student-centered learning approaches.


CreaTeME, known for its forward-thinking educational strategies, contributed significantly to the conference’s discussions with two notable presentations during the Open Floor sessions. The first, titled “Too much student agency? Experiences from a Music Theory Course,” was led by Eirik Sørbø. Sørbø’s presentation delved into the challenges and rewards of providing students with greater control over their learning processes, a topic that sparked engaging discussions on educational autonomy and pedagogical innovation.

The second presentation, “Practical examples of AI in music: practicing instruments, making beats or writing songs,” was delivered by Sigurd Lie Søvold, Jo Sebastian Salte-Tinderholt, and Elise Bygjordet from the students innovation team in CreaTeME. Their session provided a captivating look into how artificial intelligence is being integrated into music education, offering practical tools and methods for enhancing creativity and efficiency in music composition, performance, and production. After the presentation the audienced asked many questions and challenges about Ai in music education and in the music industry.

These contributions from CreaTeME highlighted the importance of embracing new technologies and pedagogical strategies to prepare students for a rapidly evolving music industry. The discussions following the presentations emphasized the need for music education institutions to adapt to these changes, ensuring that students are equipped with the skills and knowledge to thrive in diverse musical landscapes.

The AEC Pop and Jazz Platform meeting served as an essential platform for educators, students, and professionals to exchange ideas and explore the future of music education. CreaTeME’s participation underscored its commitment to innovation and excellence in higher music education, positioning the Universitetet i Agder at the forefront of educational development within the global music community.

As the music world continues to evolve, the insights and innovations shared by CreaTeME at the conference are set to influence the direction of music education, fostering a generation of musicians and educators who are adaptable, creative, and equipped to navigate the complexities of the contemporary music industry.

Photos by Askil Holm and Gert Keunen