Call for presentations: VI Symposium on the Paradigms of Teaching Musical Instruments in the 21st Century

VI Symposium on the Paradigms of Teaching Musical Instruments in the 21st Century
May 16-18, 2019
Department of Music
University of Evora


Considered one of the few forums concerning research relating to the overall topic of teaching musical instruments in today’s world in view of the future, the VI STMI-Symposium on the Paradigms of Teaching Musical Instruments in the 21st Century returns in this edition to Portugal after the V STMI being held in Brazil. After 10 years, and having as previous keynotes Maravillas Diaz, Lucy Green, Pam Burnard, and Jane Ginsborg, the relevance of STMI continues to be centered on the mismatch between what is taught in music and contemporary production. A good example of this is generally found in music education, and in particular the teaching of musical instruments. Many techniques, methods and repertoire which are used today for teaching an instrument are the same that were used over one hundred years ago. Conscious that music education institutions-as any institution-tend to react slowly to changes and progress of the overall music creation outside the academia, we need to constantly measure our educational
tools, so that what we truly teach represents where we come from and prepares and envisions artistic possibilities for the future.

In order to discuss and contextualize these issues, this the VI STMI welcomes article presentations related to the topic of instrument teaching covering three broad chronological periods: (1) an overview of the past, (2) the present, and (3) the future. Thus, for each of these chronological periods, work can be presented from different areas of research, such as: historical musicology, performance practice, composition/repertoire, pedagogy (e.g. methods and techniques; the teaching of ‘old’ or new instruments), ‘new musicology’ (e.g. gender studies and ‘new’ music styles; jazz, pop, world), and music technology.


Relevant information and deadlines:

  • Official languages of the Symposium are Portuguese, English and Spanish
  • Article presentation proposals (20 min.) in a Word document, containing title, name of author(s), small bio(s), and abstract (max. 350 words), should be sent until January 20th 2019 to
  • Acceptance of proposals will be announced by January 31st
  • Registration of accepted proposals will take place between February 17 – 28 upon payment of a registration fee of 75€ (euros).

Further information and details will be announced in due time in this site

General inquires:

Symposium Chair:

Eduardo Lopes (University of Évora, Portugal)



CESEM, branch UÉvora – Research Centre for Sociology and Music Aesthetics


Local Organisation:

Ana Judite de Oliveira Medeiros

Ana Margarida Pinto Basto

Leonardo Victtor de Carvalho

Luís Henriques


Office Manager:

Maria Duarte Silva


Scientific Committee:

Ana Guiomar Rêgo Souza (Federal University of Goiás, Brazil)

Anselmo Guerra (Federal University of Goiás, Brazil)

António Ângelo Vasconcelos (Setúbal Superior School of Education, Portugal)

Benoît Gibson (University of Évora, Portugal)

Eduardo Lopes (University of Évora, Portugal)

Francisco Monteiro (Porto Superior School of Education, Portugal)

Helena Marinho (University of Aveiro, Portugal)

Helena Rodrigues (New University of Lisbon, Portugal)

Maravillas Díaz (Basque Country University, Spain)

Noemy Berbel Goméz (University of the Balearic Islands, Spain)

Paulo Gaspar (Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Portugal)

Paulo Vaz de Carvalho (University of Aveiro, Portugal)

Tereza Raquel Alcântara-Silva (Federal University of Goiás, Brazil)

Vanda de Sá (University of Évora, Portugal)