One of the participants, Mr. Anastase Demetriades, director of the Conservatoire de l’Ouest-Vaudois (COV) in the French-speaking Switzerland, offered to organize and host the same EMU seminar in the English language, for teachers and directors of all Swiss music schools. This second seminar took place from 31 October to 2 November 2014 in one of the sites of the COV, the beautiful Villa Thomas, directly at the Lake of Geneva. (http://www.covaud.ch/)
32 persons, international speakers and music school directors and teachers from the cantons of Vaud, Geneva, Bern and Lucerne, met and exchanged on the areas of group pedagogy, net pedagogy, early childhood music education, music education for children with special needs, for exceptionally talented children and for elderly people.
The aim of the seminar was fully achieved : to enhance dialogue on the development of music schools and to reinforce exchange of knowledge and synergies between local, regional, national and and international levels of music education.The European overview was a very appreciated added value to the Swiss context, thanks to the speakers, all renowned international specialists with hands-on experience in their fields.
A festive and friendly reception was offered by the municipal council in the Castle of Nyon, in presence of local politicians and presidents of the cantonal and the Swiss associations of music schools. The speeches highlighted the position of music schools as competence centres and cultural actors and the vital importance of public support to music education.
The hospitality of COV and Nyon, the idyllic setting of the seminar and the inspiring atmosphere of the seminar are depicted by the pictures.