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  • Munich, Germany - 10 - 13 July


Full delegates  125 USD
Students 60 USD
Option for conference dinner and tourism activity: $50 USD




July, 10-13, 2018

Held at the
Munich, Germany

The aim of the 33rd ISME World Conference 2018 is to foster global understanding and cooperation among the world's music educators, by strengthening ties and sharing ideas about different aspects and issues within music education, in ways that promote music education for people of all ages throughout the world.

Music is an essential part of the human condition. For people of all ages, music plays an important and impactful role in their life experiences. Whether for leisure, livelihood, escape, or survival music helps many of us make sense of who we are and where we are going. The theme for the 2018 ISME world conference is Life’s Journey Through Music. This theme reflects the lifelong learning, lifespan development and life changing nature of music in people’s lives around the world. In Baku we will explore, interrogate, and perform ideas related to music as an integral component of the world we inhabit today and our hope for the future.

The ISME Commission on Policy welcomes submissions to the pre-conference seminar related to the theme of the world conference and is also interested in the topic“Policy  and the Arts: a lifelong pursuit."The Commission pre-conference seminar provides a forum for scholars and practitioners from around the globe to share policy-oriented research, inform each other of policy issues in their respective countries, and learn new approaches to engaging with policy.

Areas for consideration may include:

    • Institutionally or place-specific policies affecting music or music education in communities, schools, universities, and/or non-governmental organizations;
    • Music education as an intersection between cultural and educational policies;
    • Influences between funding and music and educational policies;
    • Academic institutions as mediative spaces for policy thought and action;
    • Effects of media and media policies on cultures, schools, industries, and governments.

The online submission system must be used for Commission Pre-conference Seminars and World Conference submissions. This system will be available to ISME members through the ISME conference website which will link with the members' website to check membership. (If electronic submission is impossible, please contact the ISME International Office by September 30, 2017.)

•   All submissions and presentations must be in English. 
•   Every presenter or co-presenter must be an individual ISME member at the time of submission, at the time of acceptance and at the time of presenting.
•   To be included in the published program, individuals must be registered on the Submission System. This includes co-presenters, panelists, and speakers on symposia. Any exceptions must be requested in advance of the submission.
•   All Full Papers must be in the format of the Guidelines for Authors. Submissions that are not presented in the required formats will not be considered.

The deadline for submissions to the 33rd ISME World Conference and pre-conference seminars is midnight (your time), December 15, 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of the results of the review process for presentations on or before February 1st, 2018.

Successful applicants must confirm participation as presenters, by registering as a delegate for the pre-conference seminar no later than May 15, 2018. Should successful applicants not comply with this requirement, their submission may be withdrawn from the program.

1. Papers
2. Symposia
3. Papers with break-out sessions

Abstracts of a maximum of 400 words are required for submissions in any of the formats. For Colloquia and Round-tables, the overall aim, as well as individual participant contributions, should be clearly outlined. Word limit does not include references.

1. Papers: Consist of traditional form of focused presentation on work developed by single or multiple authors under the same title. Papers can be up to 6,000 words in length and will be printed in the proceedings. Presenters will normally have 30 minutes to deliver paper presentations.

2. Symposia: Consist of a set of integrated spoken papers related to a theme. Organized Symposia sessions are encouraged and expected to make a distinctive and creative contribution to the Conference. The total time allowed for a Symposium will normally be 90 minutes, consisting of presentations and discussions according to the decisions of the convenor. Multiple sessions on a given topic will also be considered.

Symposia may include:

  • several presentations on a single topic
  • colloquia (discussion panel) that include a major presentation with one or more invited discussants
  • round-table discussion on a single topic with a group of speakers who propose their points of view and, under the guide of the chair (convenor), discuss these with the audience
  • sessions of any other kind with a clear, specific, and coherent rationale.
  • Each of the above types of Symposia will be chaired by a Symposium Convenor (chair) who will submit the main Abstract and individual Abstracts on behalf of the panel presenters.

    Papers with Breakout Sessions: Consists of four people presenting a short paper introduction (lasting no longer than 10 minutes). Once each presenter has spoken to the full audience, each presenter will “breakout” to different sections of the room. Here, presenters will further discuss their paper and dialogue with those interested in the topic (about 20 minutes). The full papers will not be read at the seminar, but will be printed in the proceedings. A presider will organize the breakout and chair it at the Seminar.


    Proposals for Colloquia and Papers with Breakout-Sessions will be under the Symposia section of http://www.isme2018.org and will follow the guidelines outlined for Symposia.

    The Commission usually only accepts one submission. Presenters at the Pre-conference Seminar are invited to present their paper as a Poster at the World Conference in Baku. Because Seminar presentations will be reviewed by the Commission for inclusion in the Seminar, presenters will not go through review again by the World Conference committee, but will be taken on recommendation of the Commission Chair for the Poster Session.


    COPYRIGHT (Full Paper submissions only)
    At the time of a Full Paper submission, presenters must indicate agreement with the following copyright conditions:

    Copyright Agreement:
    I hereby assign to the International Society for Music Education (ISME), copyright of the Full Paper I am now submitting for use by the Society in all formats and through any medium of communication if it is accepted for Publication in the refereed Pre-conference Seminar Proceedings.

    •   I understand that the Full Paper I am submitting will be refereed for possible inclusion in the Pre-conference Seminar Proceedings and that it may also appear on the ISME web site.
    •   I confirm that the Full Paper is original and has not been published previously nor is currently under consideration elsewhere, that I have obtained all necessary permissions for the reproduction of content not owned by me (e.g., illustrations, photographs, charts, and other visual material, etc.) not owned by me, and that the Contribution contains no unlawful statements and does not infringe any rights of others.
    •   I understand that I will retain copyright of the original submission for purposes of duplicating the article, placing it on my personal and institutional websites, etc., but will give ISME the first and exclusive rights to publish the ISME-formatted and edited version in print or online in ISME Conference or Commission Pre-conference Seminar Proceedings and/or journals.
    •   I understand that if my Full Paper is not selected for publication in the Pre-conference Seminar Proceedings, then upon such notification the copyright will revert back to  me (the author).

    For further information, please visit the website at:
    or contact the ISME International Office
    Email: submissions@isme.org
    Website: www.isme.org




ISME 2018 - 33rd World Conference of International Society for Music Education / 15-20 July 2018 / Baku / Azerbaijan