Community Music Activity

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  • Tblisi, Georgia - 10 - 14 July (provisional)

Registration Fee

All attendees 110 USD



Community Music Activity Pre-Conference Seminar
Inspiring Curiosity: Celebrating Diverse Voices of Community Music
July 10-14, 2018
Tbilisi, Georgia

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 CMA Pre-Conference Seminar theme acknowledges the diversity of community music practices and responds to the local context in the Republic of Georgia, a region with a rich vocal culture deeply rooted in folkloric traditions, religious practices, and the academic and professional musical world. Whilst we invite contributions on every form of music-making, our focus on the voice allows us to examine the similarities and differences in approaches across the globe and create a through line to these four days of practice and dialogue. Voice can be interpreted in multiple ways, and it relates to the ISME world conference focus of the relationship between our embodied lifelong journeys and music.

We invite submissions that explore ideas related to these three themes:

Theme One: Tradition, Locality, and Cultural Identity
We are interested in similarities and differences among our multiple cultural community music practices and about independence and self-empowerment through folk music. We encourage country-specific explorations of how community music in that place has evolved over time, and the different events (cultural, political, educational) that have influenced this. This theme provides support for the CMA to continue mapping the historical antecedents and pathways of community music around the world.

Theme Two: Partnerships and Social Cohesion
Where are the unlikely alliances, the curious relationships that surprise and change the way that we think and respond to context? What community music practices support social cohesion? What practices have the potential to damage social cohesion? How can community music support change? How is policy developed, funding secured, and power relationships negotiated?
Government departments, cultural organisations
NGOs, music leaders, correctional institutions
Colleges, conservatoires, youth clubs, schools
Parks, festivals, beaches and swimming pools.

Theme Three: Well-being, Health, and Human Rights
Can we test our foundational principle that community music engages the participant in health, wholeness, and wellbeing? The right to education, a safety net, free speech, and security – how do these human needs exist in international communities? To what extent have we been given the permission to challenge the local (family and political) directions? What is our role in these times of crisis, major social transitions and upheaval?

The online submission system must be used for Commission Seminar 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. Spoken Papers
2. Posters
3. Demonstrations/Workshops
4. Symposia
5. Another form that you invent

Full Papers: Submissions with text between 1,800 and 3,000 words in length are required only for presenters who wish to have a fully refereed paper considered for publication in the XVI Pre-Conference Seminar Proceedings. No more than a total of two (2) tables and/or figures may be included. These papers must include an Abstract (400 words) for publication with the paper and follow APA style. All Full Paper submissions must also conform to the Guidelines for Authors provided on the submission website. As with the spoken presentations, presenters of full papers will be allocated 30 minutes consisting of a maximum of 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes or less for questions and discussion. Presenters are strongly encouraged not to simply read their paper, but rather structure their 20 minutes in a way that speaks to it and engenders an interactive discussion afterwards.

Spoken presentations: Spoken Papers will be allocated 30 minutes consisting of no more than 20 minutes for the presentation and a maximum of 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Submissions must include an Abstract (400 words). These abstracts will be published in the XVI Pre-Conference Seminar Proceedings.

Abstracts for Poster submissions must follow the same rules given for Spoken Papers, above. Authors of accepted Posters are invited to bring with them a Poster to display during the Pre-conference seminar. Poster specifications (size, format, etc.) will be provided upon acceptance.

A Workshop submission consists of an abstract between 300 and 400 words in length. The abstract should clearly provide background information, the purpose of the workshop, content, method, and applications for music education. Sessions will have designated time-slots (normally a total of 60 minutes, consisting of no more than 45 minutes for the Workshop and 10 minutes for the discussion/questions, with 5 minutes between sessions).

Demonstration groups of pupils can only be used if all arrangements are organized by the presenter, because the organizing committee cannot provide for this. For demonstrations of software or other equipment authors will be responsible for ensuring that the necessary equipment is available. Submissions must therefore include a full description of the equipment and facilities needed.

Symposia will 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 Seminar. 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.

If there is a format that you would like to propose to use to share your practice that is not covered in the above categories please get in touch with the CMA Commission Co-Chairs Pete Moser ( and Mary Cohen ( to discuss your ideas.

The Commission accepts one submission per delegate (except in circumstances where a delegate is a co-author on a separate presentation that has also been accepted). 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 me (the author).

For further information, please visit the website at:
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ISME 2018 - 33rd World Conference of International Society for Music Education / 15-20 July 2018 / Baku / Azerbaijan