Prof. Dr. Maria Schuppert

Prof. Dr. Maria Schuppert

Maria Schuppert studied medicine in Würzburg, Hanover and San Francisco. Both her school days and her studies were accompanied by intensive musical activities, especially with the instruments recorder and viola.

Since 1993 she has been teaching, consulting and researching the physiological and psychological foundations of making music and learning to play music. Her focus is the prevention, diagnosis and therapy of music-specific stresses and diseases.

From 1993 to 1999 she was a medical-scientific assistant at the Institute for Music Physiology and Musicians Medicine at the University of Music, Theater and Media Hanover with research on the biomechanics of the musician’s hand as well as central nervous music processing, from 2002 to 2008 lecturer in music physiology and voice physiology at the Institute for Music at the University of Osnabrück, from 2001 – 09/2014 lecturer for music physiology and musicians ‘medicine at the University of Music Detmold and from 2009 – 2014 professor and head of the Center for Musicians’ Health at this university.

Maria Schuppert has been representing the Music & Health department at the University of Music Würzburg since October 2014 ( She is co-editor of the journal “Musikphysiologie und Musikmedizin” and has published numerous music-physiological and music-medical specialist articles and book chapters. Maria Schuppert is a founding member of the “German Society for Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine” (DGfMM). From 2005 to 2011 she was Vice-President and from 2011 to 2017 President of this specialist society. She was the scientific director of several annual events of the DGfMM and other music medical conferences.

Prof. Sichalwe M. Kasanda

Prof. Sichalwe M. Kasanda

Resident Professor of Education, University of Lusaka, Zambia
Visiting Professor, Africa Research University, Zambia
Visiting Professor, Information Communications University, Zambia
Visiting Professor, University of Africa, Zambia

Sichalwe M Kasanda is Affiliate Professor of Education, University of Lusaka. Holder of a Diploma in Fine Art (Nkrumah Teachers College); and Undergraduate and Graduate qualifications in applied linguistics, language teaching, communication and communicative competence (Universiry of Besanç, France). Holder of a Ph.D degree in Sciences de l’éducation (University of Paris, Sorbonne).

Professor Kasanda has taught at Secondary School, and currently he is teaching and lecturing at College and University levels in Found of Education, Teaching, Methodology and Research Foundations and Techniques.  He is involved in supervision and examination of Master and Doctorate dissertations and Theses, as well as offering guidance to college students on research proposals and report writing.

Professor Kasanda has wide experience in education as: Teacher, Lecturer and Permanent Secretary of Education (Zambia) from 1993-2002. He is currently a member of five (5) University Boards and Chancellor of the Information and Communications University (Zambia).

His research focus and interest area is: Education and Human Development, and the oscillation of the pendulum from Africa’s concern with matters of identity and survival on one hand, and the enticing beacons of human progress on the other. The question of educational leadership for Africa (policy, planning, delivery strategies and assessment) falls squarely on curriculum rationalisation and re-engineering. Is Music, and the Arts poised to push an educational agenda or continue with its socialisation and schooling functions in the 21st Century Africa?