Dr Thomas De Baets is Professor of Music Education at LUCA School of Arts and KU Leuven, Belgium. He is currently Head of Music and Group Head of Performing Arts at LUCA.
De Baets holds a Master’s degree in Music Education (Lemmensinstituut, 2005), a teaching degree (Lemmensinstituut, 2005), a degree of Advanced Studies in Music Education (Lemmensinstituut, 2008), and a PhD in Music Education under the supervision of Prof. dr. Mark Reybrouck and Jan Haspeslagh (KU Leuven, 2012). Prior to his PhD, he completed the international doctoral training programme docARTES at Orpheus Institute in Ghent (2009). His main research interests are professional development, innovation and practitioner research in music education.
He has been a board member of the European Association for Music in Schools since 2009 and is the current Vice President (since 2015). He has chaired the organizing committee of the 21st EAS Conference / ISME European Regional Conference in 2013 in Leuven. He is the current President of Koor&Stem, the Flemish organisation for vocal music (since 2016). As well as his activities in Belgium, he has also lectured abroad. He has been guest lecturer in music education research at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (The Netherlands) from 2013 to 2017.
Thomas De Baets is currently editorial board member of the journals Cultuur+Educatie (LKCA) and TOPICS (The Mayday Group), and has been on the board of the book series European Perspectives on Music Education (Helbling Verlag).
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