Three Nordic institutions have gathered their forces to focus on gender balance and equity. With support from NordPlus they have developed a three-year plan for conferences in major, nordic cities. Last year in Kristiansand, the focus was on the unequal gender balance in higher music education. This year in Aalborg we will be zooming in on the years before reaching a higher music education. From different takes on preschool education to culture schools, music camps and role models. Welcome! 


The program is made up of smaller inputs from a lot of different people, leading to structured discussions in mixed groups. Our Professor In Residence; Cecilia Ferm Almqvist will start the conference with a keynote and will be present throughout the rest of the days to give her perspective on all the important matters we discuss. 


This conference is a meeting-place for institutions who want to make a change. By creating an online toolbox together, and discussing our best practices, worst practices, failures and successes we hope to see a change in the gender balance in the future. The toolbox already contains concrete measures for institutions to set alive, based on the findings of last year's conference. This year we will no doubt be adding a lot to it. 


We challenge the participating institutions to bring at least 3 persons to the conference. We need the students' voices in this work, and we need good strategic plans from the leaders. The teachers are the ones who convey this to colleagues and students. You will all have an important voice in this work during the conference.

We are looking forward to both seeing and hearing you in Aalborg in March 2020. The GENUS-conference is arranged by University of Agder (Norway), The Royal Academy of Music (Denmark) and Malmö Academy of Music (Sweden) and supported by Nordplus. 

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(Free participation for RAMA-students)



MONDAY 1st of March 2021

09:00-09:25 Introductions by Hilde Norbakken (University Of Agder), Lars Andersson (Malmö Academy) and Keld Hosbond (The Royal Academy Of Music, Aarhus)

09:25-09:45 Presentation in small groups: Present yourselves to each other and discuss why the topic of the conference is important to you.


09:45-10:30 THE FACTS.
Our Professor In Residence: Cecilia Ferm Almqvist presents the bigger picture: What do we know from research regarding diversity in music amongst children? What influences the learning situation, the classroom experience and the overall musical upbringing?

PhD Cecilia Ferm Almqvist is a Professor of Education and Music education, at Södertörn University, Stockholm Institute of Music education, and Luleå university of Technology. She graduated in 2004 on a phenomenological thesis about teaching and learning interaction in music classrooms. Her philosophical and empirical research focuses upon democracy and inclusion in diverse music educational settings, and special educational contexts.

10:30-11:00 Coffee and discussion in groups based on THE FACTS. 

11:00-11:15 Summaries from the groups presented in plenum.

Three short presentations with different takes on the first encounter with music. Why is music important for everyone, even if they will never get a music career? What should we be aware of when teaching music to someone for the very first time? How can we improve education for music teachers? Are we aware of reproduction of gender stereotypes when creating our learning environments?
Lovis Bechmann (Singer and former student at The Royal Academy Of Music. Studies to be a school teacher, focusing on music education)

- Sten Byriel (Singer at The Royal Theatre in Copenhagen and head of Vejle Musikskole from the 1st of April)

Erik Lyhne (Founder of Kucheza -a music community for children that focuses on a playful and autonomous approach to music learning- and music teacher at VIA University College in Aarhus)

12:15-13:15 Lunch


Four teenage girls present their band, “Eccentrics”, and share some thoughts on being young, female musicians in Aalborg in 2020. 



With our Professor In Residence leading the discussion, two representatives from very different parts of the culture school system discuss their experiences and thoughts:
- Thomas Winther (Chairman of the Association of Danish Music- and Culture Schools. Previously head of Køge Music School and MGK Sjælland and Rector at The Royal Academy Of Music in Aarhus)
- Anders Gerup and Jeanette Højby (Teachers at DIM - "Den Interaktive Musikundervisning" in Roskilde)

Panel discussion about the relevance and the effects of female-only music-camps and music camps in general. (Why) is the separation important? How does the experiences from one week transfer into “reality”? Can we measure the effect? Is it important with camps focusing on creation/creativity in a gender perspective? Which unique competencies do you get attending a music camp?
The panel will consist of: 

- Mija Milovic (Danish musician and teacher at Jazzcamp For Piger, Musik For Asylbørn amongst others)

- Sunna Ingólfsdóttir (Organisor of Stelpur Rokka! (Girls Rock) - and music camps for minorities in Iceland)

- Martha Lindström (Participant at Pigebeat and currently a student at Grobund Bandakademi)

Kristoffer Juel (Founder of the project "Instrumentalpiger" in Faxe Music School and the summer camp "Jazzdalen" in association with JazzDanmark among others).


15:00-15:30 Coffee & Discussion in groups: What do you think is most important when discussing gender in music education for children?
15.30-16:00 Summaries from the groups presented in plenum.

16:00-16:30 CASE: TBA. 


16:30-17:00 Discussion with colleagues from your own institutions. What have you learned today? What knowledge and which ideas can you bring to our own countries and institutions? 


17:00-17:15 Reflections by Professor In Residence; Cecilia Ferm Almqvist.


19:00 Dinner. 


21:00 CONCERT: Laura Toxværd + Lotte Anker + Kresten Osgood


Tuesday the 2nd of March 2021

09:00-09:15 Welcome back.

09:15-09:55 ROLE MODELS
Two leading musicians from the Danish music scene; Kresten Osgood (drummer) and Lotte Anker (saxophonist) discuss the importance of role models. What does it mean to be a role model? And is it important to have role models? Are they aware of being role models? If so - how does it influence their way of teaching and meeting younger musicians? Moderated by Laura Toxværd (saxophonist and researcher). ​


09:55-10:15 Coffee and snacks. 


10:15-10.45 AUDITIONS

Hilde Norbakken (University Of Agder) and Lars Andersson (Malmö Academy) share their experiences of trying to improve the auditions at their institutions to become more diverse and fair. Are there any general issues to be aware of regarding equality and gender when making auditions for higher music education? What is the connection between the way you make the auditions, and which students you admit? How can auditions create specific ideas about the values and curriculum for an education? How can we make the audition process and the admission requirements as transparent as possible?


10:45-11:05 WHERE ARE WE? 

Kasper Staub, pianist and composer, shares his thoughts on the importance of the settings; physical frames, how you instruct a task, and the exercise itself, to create an inclusive and diverse learning environment. Kasper teaches at both MGK Aarhus (pre-conservatory school) and the Conservatory in Aarhus.

11.05-11:30 Discussion in groups: How do we create an inclusive, equal, diverse and fruitful learning environment? Is there any difference teaching students at pre conservatory schools and in higher music education? If so, why?  


11:30-12:00 Discussion with colleagues from your own institutions: What have you learned? What can you bring home? What could you implement? How? When?


12.00-12.15  Summaries from the groups presented in plenum. 


12.15-12.30 Professor in Residence, Cecilia Ferm Almqvist, presents her summary of the conference.


12.30-12.45 Thank you, goodbye.

13:00-14:30 LUNCH - end of the official program.

15:00-18:00 Informal meeting between student representatives. 

18:00-19:00 Dinner for student representatives.



The hotel is located right next to“Musikkens Hus”/RAMA.

Conference Venue:

Royal Academy of Music (RAMA) / Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium 

Musikkens Hus

Musikkens Plads 1 DK 9000 Aalborg  

The conference is located in the concert halls on level -3 
Entrance from the Limfjord/water side of the building. Take the stairs/elevator down.


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ARRIVAL (plane)

Taxis (Approx. 35 EUR) are the easiest transport from the airport to the hotel. 

DanTaxi Aalborg: +45 98 10 10 10 or +45 48 48 48 48

Taxis will be found just outside the airport.

You can also take the bus: 

Take Line 12 from the Airport, get off at “Nytorv” and walk 1 km along the harbor to Musikkens Hus / Kompas Hotel. That is the easiest. You can also walk through the city – check the map.

Price: 24 DKK / 3 EUR


Everybody will stay at Kompas Hotel Aalborg ( right next to the music academy located in"Musikkens Hus" (The House of Music).

Use the code "GENUS", when reserving your room.


Kompas Hotel Aalborg

Østerbro 27

9000 Aalborg

Phone: +45 98 12 19 00

Fax: +45 98 11 76 97




As the hotel is right next to the music academy and we are located in the city centre, your feet will work fine as transportation. The hotel has a parking place. Remember to get parking-tickets at the reception.



Breakfast will be served at the hotel. GENUS will offer you lunch at school during the conference + coffee/tea during the breaks. GENUS will also offer a vegetarian buffet on monday evening at “Huset” before the concert.



It is a 2 km walk through the city center from “Musikkens Hus” to “HUSET”

Hasserisgade 10
9000 Aalborg 



Sign up here to participate.

(Free participation for RAMA-students)

About Genus

The overall goal of Genus project is to raise the awareness of gender and equality perspectives in music education. We want to equip students, teachers and leaders in music education with practical tools to make the gender balance more equal in the future.



Questions concerning the registration and practicalities can be directed to Sus Steensig