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

Proposal submission


Submissions are invited for:
1. Spoken research papers
2. Spoken practice papers
3. Symposia
4. Posters
5. Demonstrations

The official conference language is English.

Read more details below or go directly to the SUBMISSION FORM.

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






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.


Spoken papers

Spoken papers will be allocated 30 minutes, consisting of 20 minutes for presentation, 5-10 minutes for questions & discussion.

Spoken research papers. The spoken research papers are the presentation of research projects, explaining aims, method (experimental, empirical investigation, ethnological observation, etc.), data analysis, findings, and conclusion.

Spoken practice papers. The spoken practice papers are the presentation of “good practice”, explaining novel didactical approaches, pedagogical theories, and accompanied by discussion of the implications for future work.


Symposia will consist of a set of spoken papers related to a theme. The total time allowed for a symposium will be 90 minutes to two hours, consisting of three to four 25-minute papers and a discussion (although variations will be considered). Symposium conveners are asked to coordinate the submission of papers – including an abstract for the entire symposium – stating the rationale for the topic, the aims of the symposium, and the set of speakers proposed (see detailed submission information below). A discussant may also be proposed.


Poster presentations will appear in the Conference Programme, and in the Abstract Book/Proceedings and will be assigned to designated times in the conference schedule. Depending on the subject and/or content, it may be more appropriate to submit an abstract as a poster for visual presentation rather than a 20-minute spoken presentation. In general, the sorts of papers, which are most effective as posters, are those in which the major conclusions become evident from the thoughtful examination of charts, graphs and photos rather than those, which require the audience to follow a sustained chain of verbal argumentation. Therefore, authors will want to make points in narrative form as brief as possible. The poster paper is able to “stand alone”, that is, to be understandable even if the author is not present; moreover it does not typically require audiovisual support. Specific information about poster dimensions and other requirements will be communicated to authors of accepted posters.


Information on demonstrations will appear in the Conference Programme, in the Abstract Book/Proceedings. A demonstration of an innovative pedagogical approach is likely to take the form of a workshop in which participants join in actively. The host university may provide equipment in the form of instruments or other materials if precise information is provided in the proposal. For demonstrations of software or equipment, authors will be responsible for ensuring that the necessary equipment is available, and their submission should include a short description of the aims (which should not have a commercial motive) and a full description of the equipment and facilities required. The time for a demonstration/workshop session will be maximum 30 minutes.


All submissions for spoken papers, posters, symposia papers and demonstrations must be sent by filling in the appropriate online form that is available on the CFMAE-MERYC2015 website below or here.

Abstracts (350 words) should be structured according to these outlines:

Spoken Research paper

For empirical papers the headings should include:
1. Background
2. Aims
3. Method
4. Results
5. Conclusions

For theoretical/review papers, the headings should include:
1. Background
2. Aims
3. Main Contribution
4. Implications

Spoken Practice paper

1. Theoretical background and content
2. Age and characteristics of participants (number of children, ages); Kind of school (nursery, kindergarten, primary school, music school) or community (communities, childcare centre, family, other); Time and place
3. Aims of the project
4. Method or pedagogical approach (for example: collaborative learning, individual or group work, self-initiatedoradult-led, other)
5. The activities (if possible separate descriptions of what the children do and the teacher does)
6. The outcomes
7. Conclusion and implications for future work


Proposed online by the symposium organiser should include: (a) a 350 word general description of the organised session with its purpose, and rationale; (b) authors and title of each contribution; (c) name of a discussant who, if necessary, can be included in the symposium. Symposium papers will be submitted on-line by the authors and will be reviewed.


For posters the abstract headings should include:
1. Background
2. Aims
3. Method
4. Results
5. Conclusions


For demonstrations the headings should include:
1. Background
2. Aims
3. A short description of the activities
4. Implications
5. Specific value and meaning.

Authors of spoken papers and posters should also indicate on the submission form one or more topic areas under which the paper might be grouped, and three keywords. The chosen topic areas can be selected from the list below or a new topic area may be proposed.

Suggested Topic Areas:

• Aesthetic perception and response • Composition • Emotion in early childhood music • European music heritage • Exploring music and sound • Improvisation • Intercultural music education • Musical behaviour • Music and education • Music and health • Music and language • Music and memory • Music and movement • Music and creativity • Music development • Music in everyday life • Music therapy • Neuroscience • Pedagogical theories • Perception • Personhood • Playfulness in music education • Pre-natal music development • Singing • Socio-cultural studies • Teacher training • Teaching/learning performance • Technologies and music education


The conference will include a number of planned workshops given by invited workshop leaders. Information on workshops will appear in the Conference Programme and in the Abstract Book/Proceedings. The workshop leaders will present practical shared experiences according to specific aims and pedagogical approaches.



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