Colleagues, musicians and music educators
PASMAE invites you to its PASMAE 2021 Regional Conference.

Conference Dates: Sunday 4th July 2021
Sessions: Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th
Host: Zambia

To submit a presentation for the conference, you are required a PASMAE member at the time of submission and at the time of presentation.  You will also need to be registered as a delegate/presenter in order to have your submission reviewed.

You can become a member HERE

Registration will be opening shortly.

Our theme Equity and Diversity in Musical Arts Education

The purpose of the PASMAE-ISME Regional Conference is to foster understanding and cooperation among music educators in Africa and globally, by strengthening ties and sharing ideas about different aspects and issues within music education.

The Conference will have relevance for school and studio music teachers, university academics, music researchers, students of music, and other interested parties across all areas of music and music education.

All submissions and presentations must be in English.

Every presenter or co-presenter must be a PASMAE member at the time of submission, at the time of acceptance and at the time of presenting during the conference.

Sub Themes

Instructional methodologies in Musical Arts Education

How do we expand instructional approaches and practices to support student achievement and musical arts education? How do we develop appropriate teaching and learning approaches, and assessment in a high-quality arts education?

Inclusivity and access

How do we expand access to musical arts education for every child in our environment, which could involve parents, administration, and other wider community? Cultural policy in Africa How do the policies in place affect musical arts education within the various contexts?

Musical Arts Education and Technologies

How do we apply scientific knowledge for practical purposes within musical arts education?

Musical Arts Creativity, Composition and Improvisation

How do we create a learning environment that promotes creativity through composition and improvisation?

Research in Musical Arts

How do we cultivate a systematic investigation into and the study of musical arts materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions? How do we showcase as well as communicate research findings/results both formally and informally, e.g. “poster session” format.

Education and Musical Arts in the Community

How do we create a musical community beyond educational institutions in both rural and urban settings?

Health, well-being and spirituality in Musical Arts

How is health, spiritual and emotional well-being linked to engagement in musical arts particularly for indigenous Africans? 

Important dates:

  • Closing date for presenter submissions: 17 March Extended to 30 April
  • Notification of presenter results: 17 May
  • Presenters required to register to confirm participation, or else presentation may be withdrawn: 1 June
  • Registration deadline for all: 1 June

Presentation Types:

1. Spoken Paper – presentation (20 min) followed by discussion (10 min)

250 to 300 words in length (excluding title and author information). The Abstract should not include references.
The Abstract should include these 5 items:
a. theoretical/pedagogical background of the paper
b. aim of the project
c. method
d. results or summary of the main ideas
e. conclusions and implications for music education.

2. Poster Presentation

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.

3. Workshop/Demonstration – (45 min) followed by discussion (10 min)

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. Titles of accepted Workshops will appear in the Conference Program and abstracts will appear in the Conference Abstract book. Sessions will have designated time-slots consisting of no more than 45 minutes for the Workshop and 10 minutes for the discussion/questions.

4. Presentation Type: Symposia – (45 Min) followed by discussion (10 min)

Symposia will consist of a set of integrated spoken papers related to a theme. Organized Symposia sessions are encouraged. 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

Symposia may include:

several presentations on a single topic
​colloquia (discussion panel) that include a major presentation with one or more invited discussants
round-table discussion on a single topic with a group of speakers who propose their points of view and, under the guide of the chair (convenor), discuss these with the audience
sessions of any other kind with a clear, specific, and coherent rationale.

5. Concerts – Welcome to performing groups:

Groups of three or more in a group, will be able to register for the conference at special rates.
Performances will be in 20 minute slots, generally speaking. Subject to space and time limitations, PASMAE will endeavour to allocate more than one performance per group. Timings will be dealt with on a “case by case” basis.
Timings for performances will be monitored and groups going over the time allocated will be ask to stop the performance. PASMAE is unable to cover any expenses or fees to attend or to perform at the Conference.
PASMAE can supply a letter of support which can be used to apply for funding from your institution or sponsor/s.
Performing groups are strongly advised to take out travel insurance, as PASMAE cannot be responsible for any losses from flights, belongs or accommodation.
Those individuals who wish to fully participate in the conference by attending presentations, will also need to join PASMAE.

6. Exhibitions

To be advised