It is with heavy hearts that the International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education announces the postponement of the symposium originally planned for Norway in June 2021. The Executive Committee was optimistic this past spring and summer that travel restrictions would ease come fall, but that has not been the case. Given current world conditions, it is prudent not to plan events for spring/summer 2021. 


Holding an online symposium was discussed at length by the ISPME Executive Committee. The EC has decided, however, that scholarly philosophical endeavors do not lend themselves well to all-day, online presentations. The EC is aware of the need to maintain the momentum of philosophical thought in music education, for both emerging and established scholars. No firm plans are in place at the present time, but the expectation, pending the outcome of world events beyond our control, is to plan and organize for something in 2022 and/or 2023. Mindful of the impact that cancelling a biennial symposium has on emerging scholars, ISPME is committing to run an online International Seminar for Graduate Students (see below). 


ISPME will continue to work proactively with other scholarly music education organizations in planning future events in order to reduce financial burden, reduce environmental impact, and encourage cross-pollination of thought between related but distinct disciplinary interests. 

ISPME International Seminar for Graduate Students, June 14-16, 2021 (Online)

Continuing a decades-long tradition, the ISPME network has the great pleasure of inviting graduate students working with philosophical scholarship on music education to participate in an International Seminar commencing June 14-16. Participants will have the opportunity to present their projects (virtually) and discuss philosophical and/or methodological issues with each other and with a group of select international scholars. Works in progress are welcomed; in fact, we encourage students to feel comfortable seeking discussion around ideas that might be in the development stage.   

To participate in the International Seminar, please send no more than two pages with a short abstract of your project and one or two questions or ideas you would like to discuss. Please note that at the time of the seminar a completed paper will not be necessary. Send your contribution, no later than January 1, 2021, to Cathy Benedict at