Forum on Instrumental and Vocal Teaching

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Forum for Instrumental and Vocal Teaching
Musicians’ Health and Wellness Special Interest Group
 Pre-conference Seminar
13th-14th July 2018
The National Conservatory
Baku, Azerbaijan



The aims of the Forum are to investigate methods and practices of teaching instrumental or vocal students in the diverse contexts of global music making; and to explore and discuss the most recent relevant research that could assist instrumental/vocal teachers. This Forum encompasses all aspects of instrumental and vocal teaching and learning that may take place in the home or school, on a one-to-one or small group basis.

The aim of the Musicians’ Health and Wellness SIG is to disseminate crucial health and wellness information to provide educators with the tools to assist their students to develop their musical skills in a healthy way that will enable them to maintain a lifetime of joyful music making.

The Forum for Instrumental and Vocal Teaching and Musicians’ Health and Wellness Special Interest Group (SIG) 2018 Pre-conference Seminar will be held at the National Conservatory in Baku, Azerbaijan, July 13th-14th, 2018. Workshop, paper and poster presentations, from around the world, will highlight topics relevant to the aims of both the Forum and SIG.

  • Click here for a sample list of proposal topics for the Forum. (Located under “Vision for the Forum”)
  • Click here for a sample list of proposal topics for the SIG. (Located under “Potential Topics”)

The online submission system must be used for the Forum and SIG Pre-conference Seminar. This system is available to ISME members through the ISME conference website which links with the members’ website to check membership. (If electronic submission is impossible, please contact the ISME International Office by September 30, 2017 on
•   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.


  • Spoken Papers
  • Posters
  • Demonstrations/Workshops

All submissions will be assessed (blind peer review) against the following criteria:

  • Quality of proposal
  • Clarity of proposal
  • Appropriateness of methodology (research or workshop)
  • Innovativeness of work to be presented
  • Potential for meaningful and active participation from conference participants (for workshops only)

Paper presenters will be allocated 20 minutes to present their papers. Afterwards the participants will be allotted 10 minutes for questions. Presenters are encouraged NOT TO READ their papers, but rather to give a spoken summary of the paper highlights and to provide additional discussion points not presented in the paper. Submissions must include an Abstract (300-400 words).

Abstracts for Poster submissions must follow the same rules given for Spoken Papers and Workshops, above. Authors of accepted Posters are invited to bring with them a Poster to display during the Forum and SIG 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 the music teacher. 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).

The Forum and SIG usually only accept 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 Forum and SIG 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 Forum and SIG Chairs for Poster Sessions.


Submitted materials failing to meet the above criteria will not be considered by the Forum and SIG. The Forum and SIG reserve the right to publish (electronically and in print format) the names of invited Seminar participants and paper and poster titles and abstracts.

Decisions concerning the acceptance of proposals rest solely with the Forum and SIG as communicated by the respective Chairs, and in addition to quality, may be based on international representation.

For further information, please visit the website at:
or contact the ISME International Office




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