NOTE: The submission MUST include details of any equipment, instruments or facilities that you will require and cannot provide yourself. If any requirements are not included in the submission the conference organizers cannot guarantee to meet your needs and you may need to find alternative ways to present.

The deadline for submissions to the 33rd ISME World Conference is midnight, 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. Applicants will be notified of the results of the review process for publication in the Conference Proceedings on or before March 31, 2018.

Successful applicants must confirm participation as presenters, by registering as a delegate for the World Conference no later than March 31, 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 Should successful applicants not comply with this requirement, their submission may be withdrawn from the program.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. Diverse Format Sessions

The above categories can be accommodated within the Commissions and World Conference Special Interest Groups.
(i) Commissions

(ii) Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Spoken Papers will be allocated 30 minutes, consisting of no more than 20 minutes for the presentation and a maximum of 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Spoken Paper submissions must conform to one of two formats: either an Abstract only or a Full Paper with an Abstract.

Abstracts must be in English with the text up to 400 words in length (excluding title and author information). The Abstract should not include references.
The Abstract should include the following 5 items:
1. theoretical/pedagogical background of the paper
2. aim/focus of the work/research reported
3. method/approach of the work
4. results and/or summary of the main ideas
5. conclusions and implications for music education.

Complete Paper submissions with text between 1800 and 3000 words in length are required only for presenters who wish to have a fully refereed paper considered for publication in the Conference 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.

All Paper submissions must conform to theGuidelines for Authors provided, and should further develop items 1-5 as indicated above under “Abstract”.

Presenters should note that Full Paper submissions will be refereed according to a two-stage process:

  1. Abstracts will be refereed for inclusion as a presentation in the Conference Program.
  2. Full Papers will be refereed for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings. It is possible, therefore, that some Full Paper submissions will be accepted for presentation but will not appear in the Conference Proceedings. Authors should expect to be notified separately of presentation and Full Paper publication decisions.

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 Conference. Poster specifications (size, format, etc.) will be provided upon acceptance. Titles of Abstracts for the Poster Session will appear in the Conference program and the Abstracts will appear in the Conference Abstract booklet. Posters will be grouped into sessions that have designated timeslots (normally 90 minutes) assigned to them.

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 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:

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. The convenor must ensure that all participants are ISME members who have registered for accounts in the Submission System prior to the submission. Any exceptions must be requested in advance of the submission.

The Symposium Convenor (panel chair) must supply all information using the required Submission Form. In addition, the Symposium Convenor must submit the following supporting materials:

A detailed proposal including:

It is the responsibility of the Symposium Convenor to ensure that each participant has agreed to attend the Conference and participate in the Symposium if it is accepted and that all co-presenters complete their registration by March 31st 2018 (Early Bird registration date).

Diverse format sessions are designed to those interested in innovative and unique forms of presentations. The goal is for the Diverse Formats is to link an issue, idea, or practice that could be better illuminated by a delivery structure other than the other four available above. Individuals or groups of individuals proposing a Diverse Format Session should:

Conference submissions for each individual presenter are limited to a maximum TOTAL of four, with a limit of two submissions in Paper, Poster, Workshop/Demonstration categories (i.e., ONE single- presenter and ONE multiple-presenter submission per person) and a limit of TWO submissions per person in the Symposia category - including Diverse Format Sessions. If a submitter exceeds these limits, the earliest submissions only will be reviewed. No individual will be permitted to present in more than a total of TWO Paper, Poster, or Workshop/Demonstration sessions and TWO Symposia, and depending on the number of submissions, the Conference Organizers reserves the right to further limit the number of presentations accepted for any one individual.


COPYRIGHT (Full Paper submissionsonly)
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 Conference Proceedings.

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

Fulltext Submission Deadline: 15.11.2017