CFMAE-MERYC 2015 May 5-9 Playful Sounds – Personhood

4th The Changing Face of Music and Art Education & 7th Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children International Conference at Tallinn University



Download the Call for Papers (PDF): CFMAE-MERYC2015_Call_for_Papers_September_2014

The 4th CFMAE / 7th MERYC Conference will be hosted by Tallinn University Institute of Fine Arts Department of Music in cooperation with Tallinn University Institute of Educational Sciences, in Tallinn, Estonia, from 5th to 9th May 2015. The conference is organized together with the European Network Music Educators and Researcher of Young Children EuNetMERYC.

The aim of the joint international conference CFMAE-MERYC2015 is to bring together educators and researchers as well as practitioners in order to promote and generate new ideas about education and its impact in music and the arts. The focus of MERYC is interdisciplinary discussion and dissemination of new, unpublished research relating to the field of music and early childhood (0-8 years) in education (school and extracurricular contexts) and everyday life, both in theoretical research and innovative approaches to practice. The hosting CFMAE conference supports the focus of MERYC within a larger context of music and art education as well as related interdisciplinary fields.

The main topic of CFMAE-MERYC 2015 is “Playful Sounds – Personhood”.

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The main aim of EuNetMERYC is to improve European research and practice with young children and music. For this reason, only European people will act as presenters at the MERYC Conference. Educators and researchers from other continents are welcome to attend the sessions hosted by the CFMAE conference host.


Jaan Valsiner
Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology,
Aalborg University, Denmark

Graham Welch
Professor and Chair of Music Education,
Institute of Education, London, United Kingdom

Tuomas Eerola
Professor of Music Cognition/Empirical Musicology, Department of Music,
Durham University, United Kingdom

Rūta Girdzijauskienė
Professor at the Department of Music Theory and Pedagogy,
Klaipeda University, Lithuania

Stefanie Stadler Elmer
Professor at the Institute of Psychology,
Zürich University, Switzerland

Nikolaos Zafranas
Assoc. Professor at the Department of Music Studies,
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


The 7th MERYC2015 conference follows in a 12 years tradition of conferences of the EuNetMERYC, the first meeting took place at the Danish University of Education, Copenhagen in 2003, the second conference at the University of Exeter, UK in 2005 the third at the University of Cyprus in 2007, the fourth at the University of Bologna in 2009, and the fifth at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in 2011, and the sixth at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in 2013; also MERYC-UK conferences have taken place at Roehampton University London 2012 and the University of Cambridge 2014.

The 4th CFMAE2015 conference takes place in a 10 years tradition of scientific conferences at Tallinn University following two big CFME “The Changing Face of Music Education” (CFME04, CFME09) conferences in 2004 and 2009, three international graduate student conferences “Music Education Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” (MEYTT2007, 2008, 2010) and two “The Changing Face of Music and Art Education: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” (CFMAEYTT2011, 2012, 2013) as well as the 3rd “The Changing Face of Music Education” conference (CFMAE14) in 2014.

Participants at the MERYC conferences were educators and researchers representing many European countries including Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and UK. Participants at the CFMAE/YTT conferences have been in addition to several European countries’ representatives from, Austria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Hungary, Irland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, also from the USA, Japan and Australia.

Welcome to Tallinn!


EuNet MERYC & FB, TLU Department of Music & FB & CFMAE portal

General contact: cfmaemeryc2015 [at]

CFMAE-MERYC2015 chair

Tiina Selke, prof., chair, CFMAE organizer-in-chief, Tallinn University, Estonia

CFMAE-MERYC2015 organizers’ board

Tiina Selke, prof., chair, CFMAE-MERYC organizer-in-chief, Tallinn University, Estonia (tiina.selke [at]
Gerhard Lock, lecturer, CFMAE organizer, Tallinn University, Estonia (gerhard.lock [at]
Marit Mõistlik-Tamm, lecturer, CFMAE organizer, Tallinn University, Estonia (marit.moistlik-tamm [at]
Vaike Kiik-Salupere, assoc. prof., head of Music Department, CFMAE organizer, Tallinn University, Estonia (vaike.kiik-salupere [at]
Stefanie Stadler Elmer, prof., MERYC organizer, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Michel Hogenes, lecturer, MERYC chair and organizer, The Hague University of Applied Sciences & Codarts, Rotterdam Conservatory, The Netherlands
Laura Huhtinen-Hilden, senior lecturer, MERYC organizer, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Jessica Pitt, lecturer, MERYC organizer, University of Roehampton, London, UK

Organizational assistance at the Department of Music and Tallinn University Conference Center 

Karin Org, project manager at Tallinn University Conference Center, Tallinn University, Estonia (karinorg [at]  

Liisi Järve, Study coordinator of Music Department, CFMAE assistant, Tallinn University, Estonia
Ariel Marksalu, Madli Luik, BA students the Department of Music, Tallinn University, Estonia

Partners at Tallinn University

Orest Kormašov, assoc. professor, Director of the Institute of Fine Arts, Tallinn University, Estonia
Kristi Vinter, professor, Head of Institute of Educational Sciences, Tallinn University, Estonia
Jarmo Karing, project manager Doctoral School at Institute of Educational Sciences, Tallinn University, Estonia


CFMAE – The Changing Face of Music and Art Education
EuNet MERYC – European Network Music Educators and Researcher of Young Children






SUPPORT in association with SEMPRE

Applicants to CFMAE-MERYC2015 in Tallinn who are either (a) full or part-time students and non-wage earners and/or (b) researchers from East European Countries and those whose local economies are relatively poor, may be eligible for support to attend CFMAE-MERYC2015 from the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE). Read further here.


Conference support at Tallinn University

Institute of Educational Sciences

Institute of Psychology

Conference and 2nd Digital Composition Contest support

Tallinn City Education Department

Talmar & Põhi Publisher

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IS Music Team

Estonian Institute

US Fulbright scholar programEmbassy of the United States Tallinn Estonia




Tallinn (historically also Reval) is the capital city and main seaport of Estonia. It is located on Estonia’s north coast to the Gulf of Finland, 80 kilometres south of Helsinki. In 1154 Tallinn was marked on the world map of the Arab cartographer al-Idrisi. Medieval Tallinn enjoyed a strategic position at the crossroads of trade between Western and Northern Europe and Russia. Tallinn was member of the Hanseatic League. It was under the rulership of Teutonic Knights and Kingdom of Denmark. During the Protestant Reformation the German influence became even stronger. In 1561 Tallinn politically became a dominion of Sweden. With the Great Northern War Tallinn became part of the Imperial Russia in 1710, but the local Baltic German rulers retained their cultural and economical autonomy. The 19th century brought industrialization of the city and the port kept its importance. During the last decades of the century Russification pressure became stronger.

On 24th February 1918 the Independence Manifesto was proclaimed in Tallinn, followed by German occupation and a war of independence with Russia. On 2nd February 1920 the Tartu Peace Treaty was signed with Soviet Russia, wherein Russia acknowledged the independence of the Estonian Republic. Tallinn became the capital of the independent Estonia. In World War II Estonia was annexed by the USSR as a result of coup with help of the Red Army in 1940–41, and later invaded by Nazi Germany in 1941–44. After Nazi retreat in 1944, it was occupied by the USSR again. After the annexion into the Soviet Union, Tallinn became the capital of the Estonian SSR. In August 1991 the independent democratic Estonian state was re-established and a period of quick development to a modern European capital ensued. Tallinn became de-facto capital of a independent country once again on 20th August, 1991. In 1995 Estonia started negotiations with the European Union. Since 1st May 2004 Estonia is member of the European Union and since 2011 member of the Euro-Zone. In 2011 Tallinn was European Capital of Culture.

Tallinn University

Tallinn University is an innovative and academically enriching university. It is acknowledged both locally and internationally for its role as a centre for science and education. Tallinn University was founded on 18th March 2005 when a number of universities and academic institutes, among them Tallinn Pedagogical University, were consolidated into a single institution. Since 1947, the Department of Music at Tallinn University has prepared musicians, conductors and music educators on the strength of different curricula.

The Department of Music

The mission of the Department of Music as part of the Institute of Fine Arts is to provide versatile and highly professional training for future choir or orchestra conductors as well as soloist instructors in order to direct them to become music teachers at elementary or primary school or at music school after passing the master curriculum. The international conference series “The Changing Face of Music and Art Education” CFMAE (since 2004) including the graduate student conferences as well as the peer-reviewed Research Journal CFMAE with international editorial board (since 2009) have been recognized internationally. The Department of Music coordinates also the activities of the Riho Päts Centre (RPK, since 2006) which was established to support the research and development of music and education as well as teacher training and further education at Tallinn University Institute of Fine Arts. Riho Päts (1899–1977) was professor at the Department of Music, he belongs to the most important Estonian music teachers, composers, journalists and researchers.

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