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Chair Michel Hogenes

Michel Hogenes is a lecturer of music education at the teacher education department and a researcher in the research group Youth and Development of The Hague University in The Netherlands. He also lectures pedagogy and psychology at Codarts, the Rotterdam School of Music.

Michel’s research interests are in the field of primary & early childhood education and music, with a focus on child development, and curriculum. The theoretical framework of his research is the cultural-historical (Vygotskian) approach. Besides lecturing Michel conducts a community choir and he is also president of Gehrels Music Education, a Dutch association for music education.

Dr Jessica Pitt

Jessica Pitt is Chair of MERYC-UK which hosts a national early childhood music education conference every two years. She completed her doctoral research (funded by The Froebel Institute) at the University of Roehampton investigating the role of parent-child music group activities with participants in Children’s Centres. She is a research associate for the Froebel Research Fellowship Project, lectures for the Early Childhood Studies degree programme at University of Roehampton, and is course tutor for the MA in early years music at CREC (Centre for Research in Early Childhood) in Birmingham. She believes in the tremendous positive professional development that can take place when practitioners and academics meet together.

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Stadler Elmer

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Stadler Elmer is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She received her PhD from the University of Bern and her Habilitation from the University of Zurich. Important book publications are: Spiel und Nachahmung (play and imitation, 2000); Kinder singen Lieder (children sing songs, 2002). Her main interests in research and teaching concern the development of music and language, song singing, and methods to foster early development in these domains. She is involved in several research projects at national and international levels, e.g., as a collaborator in the AIRS (Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing), supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and UMSIC (usability of music for the social inclusion of children), an interdisciplinary project funded by the EU.


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Dr. Helga Rut Gudmundsdottir

Helga Rut Gudmundsdottir is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Iceland, School of Education. She teaches courses in early childhood music methods as well as music pedagogy for elementary and middle school. Helga conducts research in young children’s musical perception and development. She has been visiting professor at McGill University and at the University of Montreal. She was visiting scholar at the BRAMS laboratories in Montreal in 2012-2013 where she collaborated with Prof. Sandra Trehub on research in early singing. She has been a collaborator in the AIRS (Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing) research project since 2009 and on the AIRS steering committee since 2012.

Helga has developed her own practice (Tonagull) in early childhood music in her home country Iceland. Tonagull is a research-based practice that gives courses, trains teachers and develops material for teaching music in early childhood.

Helga has published her scholary work in several international music education journals, Studentlitteratur and Oxford University Press.