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From its beginnings in Amsterdam in 1991, CDIME has grown beyond its initial brief of studying the phenomenon of ‘teaching world music’. Countries hosting expatriate, migrant or refugee communities are also hosting communities of musical practices which affect global and local flows of musical and artistic practices between them. The fundamental challenge is to locate ways to respond to and through these communities of musical practice, not least through education. In keeping with the dynamism found in music, education and culture, this conference hopes to continue to pursue questions of teaching and learning in the creating performing and responding to folk music, art music and traditional and popular music of the world.

Conference Dates: 4 –6 January 2012
Venue: National Institute of Education and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
Deadline for paper and workshop proposals: 17 June 2011
Conference Theme: Diversity and Inclusivity: Practices and Pedagogies in Contemporary Music Education

Major themes:
1)      Inclusion in practices of refugees and immigrant communities
2)      Gender and orientation
3)      Communication and the Web
4)      Ethics in music education Practices
5)      Crossings between critical musicology/ethnomusicology and music education
6)      Effects of post-colonialism, politics and their perpetuation
7)      Economic argument in cultural diversity
8)      Revisiting notions of informality, structure and systems within the school curriculum
9)      Music as enacted and performative culture

Proposals on other topics relating to cultural diversity in music education are also welcome.

Keynote Speakers:
• Patricia Shehan Campbell
• Larry Hilarian Francis in dialogue with Eugene Dairianathan
• Kelly Tang in dialogue with Eric Peter Stead

Conference conveners:
UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)
National Institute of Education


• Early Bird (before 15 October 2011) - $375SGD
• Normal  (on or after 15 October 2011) - $400SGD

• Local student - $100SGD
• International student - $200SGD

Local Teacher - $200SGD
Single day - $150SGD

To register:

Conference Proceedings:
Refereed papers from the conference will be published as peer reviewed proceedings. A disk of the proceedings is included in the registration fee.

Conference sites: National Institute of Education and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

Paper Submission:
Deadline for submission of Abstracts, Refereed papers, and Workshops: 17 June 2011.
Please email submissions as attachments in Word format to

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