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Call for Participation: APME @ Edinburgh Napier University

Posted: September 4th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

July 26-29, 2020
Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland
Deadline for Applications/proposals: 15th of November 2019

The Association for Popular Music Education is pleased to announce a call for participation in its first-ever European conference, Breaking Down Barriers, which will be held at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland. This conference will take place the week before the International Society for Music Education’s (ISME) biennial conference in Helsinki, Finland. Edinburgh is a great stopping point on the way to Helsinki, and this conference provides the opportunity for Popular Music Education researchers to come together in a specialised environment.

We live in an age in which technological advancements have rendered communication and collaboration across the globe easier and more accessible than ever before. However, there is simultaneously an increased presence of physical and ideological barriers between peoples and nations based on issues such as gender, race, language, social class, and culture. As such, this conference seeks to investigate, problematise, and find ways to break down the barriers to, in, and for popular music education and work together as educators to overcome the challenges faced by our field in an increasingly unsettled global social climate.

We welcome proposals for papers, presentations, workshops, panels and performances from a broad range of contexts and perspectives.


Topics for proposals could include, but need not be limited to:

  • Innovative approaches in
  • Music teaching and learning
  • Recording, production, and music technologies
  • Community music
  • Crossover musics
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Curricula and assessment practices
  • Classroom conundrums
  • Music futures
  • Adult education
  • Music therapy
  • Populism and popularity
  • Collegiality, communities,and collectives
  • Facilities and facilitation
  • Reconciling commercial interests and educational aspirations
  • Bounded and boundaryless careers


Paper presentations run 30-minute blocks following a standard research presentation format (e.g., 20 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions and 5 minutes for changeover).

Pop 10:

A “Pop 10” is a 10-minute TED-talk style presentation.

Workshops and Demonstrations:

Workshops are designed to share and inform with opportunity for audience participation. Demonstrations are sessions that showcase a technique, method, project, tool, resource, pedagogical idea, etc. Demonstrations are scheduled for 20 minutes + 5 minutes for questions; workshops are 50 minutes + 5 minutes for questions.

Panel Presentations:

A 50-minute session on a single topic with multiple presenters + 5 minutes for questions


Performing groups or individual artists from, or interested in, any and all educational settings across age/grade levels are encouraged to apply.

Interactive Poster Session:

An interactive poster session is designed to allow people to share work/ideas in visual, multimedia, or hands-on experiential formats. Communal exhibition space will be made available for presenters to set up their work/poster and delegates will be able to browse the exhibits and talk with the presenters in an informal social setting at a designated time during the conference.

Guidelines for Submission:

Proposals for papers/presentation, Pop 10s, workshops, demonstrations, interactive poster sessions, and panels should include a summary of 200 to 250 words and provide a clear outline of each session’s content, procedures, and equipment needs.

Click here for the Presentation Application


Proposals for music (or multi-media) performances must include a video link and written proposal that should be between 200 and 250 words and indicate the following: genre; ensemble size, type and affiliation; input/channel list, and any special equipment needs.

Videos should be submitted as YouTube, Vimeo, or other links. Please do not send media files and do not include names or institutional affiliations on the proposal document.

Click here for the Performance Application

For more details, please contact Dr Zack Moir: [email protected].

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