Frankfurt am Main, Germany
June 3-6, 2015

Keynote Speakers

At the conference in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) 2015 we will celebrate the 10th conference of ISPME since its foundation in 1990. It is a great honor that Estelle R. Jorgensen will give an introductory address. Dr. Jorgensen is Professor Emeritus for Music Education at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana (U.S.A.), and she is founding co-chair of ISPME. She will give a speech reflecting on the history of the philosophy of music education over the recent past decades.

Meinert A. Meyer

Professor Emeritus of Allgemeine Didaktik, University of Hamburg, Germany; among other topics, his research is focused mainly on the theory and history of “Bildung” and on School Research. (Main keynote, approved)

Lauri Väkevä

Professor of Music Education at the Sibelius Academy, University of Arts Helsinki, Finland; approved.

Elizabeth Gould

Professor of Music Education, University of Toronto, Canada; approved.

Hermann J. Kaiser

Professor Emeritus of Music Education, University of Hamburg; approved.


June 3rd

03:00 – 05:00 pm
Registration; meeting and greeting

05:00 – 05:15 pm
Address of welcome etc.

05:15 – 06:30 pm
Main Keynote: Meinert A. Meyer

06:30 – 07:00 pm
Musical welcome:
Five line (a cappella)

07:00 pm
Reception (catering; wine etc.)

June 4th

09:00 – 09:45 am

10:00 am – 07:00 pm
Papers and panels (likely two parallel time lines)
Including lunch break, coffee breaks

June 5th

09:00 – 09:45 am

10:00 am – 05:30 pm
Papers and panels (likely two parallel time lines)
Including lunch break, coffee breaks

05.45 – 07:00 pm
Ceremony of 10th ISPME conference,
speech: Estelle Jorgensen

08:00 pm
Banquet / Conference Dinner

June 6th

09:00 – 09:45 am

10:00 – 12:00 am
Papers and panels (likely two parallel time lines)

12:30 am – 01:30 pm

Main Conference Registration fees

2015 June 3rd 04:00 pm – June 6th, 1:00 pm (tentative schedule)

Early Bird Price After March 1st
Student $ 60,00 70,00
Non-student $ 120,00 $ 150,00
Conference Dinner (optional) $ 40,00


We urge all participants of both the main and the pre-conference to register latest to May 20th, 2015 (although registration at the beginning of the conference on June 3rd will be possible). That makes planning of rooms and equipment, of catering, and of printing materials much easier.
Further information on accommodation, travel etc will be available soon at this website and at the website of the hosting university.

If there are any questions concerning the upcoming conference 2015, do not hesitate to contact Werner (; +49 6251 9892437) or Cecilia (

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Frankfurt am Main is well known as a financial center of the European Community and its airport connects Central Europe with destinations all over the world. On the other hand Frankfurt, the city where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born, is an important cultural center as well.

Music is a prominent feature on Frankfurt’s cultural scene. The internationally renowned Ensemble Modern has close ties with the city, as does great jazz or the electronic music scene represented by Sven Väth, one of the world’s most popular DJs and techno producers. The Oper Frankfurt is one of the leading opera houses in Europe and has received the Opera of the Year Award several times, most recently in 2013.

Frankfurt am Main offers theater in all its diversity at around 20 stages putting on over 100 performances a week, including an English Theater. The famous Forsythe Company give regular guest performances at the Bockenheimer Depot, wowing their audience with contemporary dance. The Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Mousonturm Arts’ Centre) is a performance, production and theater-research facility of international standing. Here, independent artists of all genres are shaping the theater of tomorrow.

The University of Frankfurt am Main was the domain of the Frankfurt School of Philosophy. Theodor W. Adorno and Jürgen Habermas were professors there. Currently, the Max-Planck-Society, which is the most important research institution in Germany, is about to establish an Institute of Empiric Research in Aesthetics located in Frankfurt am Main.

At the University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main about 1000 students are enrolled in a diversity of programs such as artistic instrumental and singing programs, opera, drama, dance and dance pedagogy, arts management, teacher programs, and research. Like in most music colleges at the academic level in Germany the focus is centered on the artistic programs. Nevertheless the music teacher’s program is an important part of the university. About 230 teacher students are part of these programs covering all levels of music education in schools from grade 1 up to 13.

Pre-conference for PhD-students

in connection to ISPME 10th Symposium in Frankfurt am Main , Germany
June 1-3, 2015

The Function and Meaning of Philosophical Studies on Music Education

The third graduate student pre-conference (2015, June 1-3) will give current PhD-students the opportunity to discuss their work and its topics with an international array of professors of Music Education. Participants are requested to register to April 1st, 2015. There will be space to present and discuss short papers, if wanted. In this case, please submit your paper due to May 1st, 2015 to Volker Schindel (University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main):

The conference will focus on philosophical studies and their function, meaning and task for music education in today’s society. Lectures will be held by an international array of scholars who are participating in the main conference. Participating PhD-students will have the opportunity to present their work to their peers and professors for reflection and discussion and to receive individual advisement. At the main conference PhD-students will be offered the opportunity to present their work at a specified poster session.

Talks will be held by

Joe Abramo (University of Connecticut, Neag School of Education, Storrs, CT, US)
Randall Allsup (Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, US)
Cecilia Ferm-Thorgersen (Luleå University of Technology – LTU, Sweden)
Werner Jank (University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Christian Rolle (University of Music, Saarbrücken, Germany)
Maria Spychiger (University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Eva Georgii-Hemming (Örebro University, Sweden)

Pre-Conference Registration fee
(Lunch on Tuesday the 2nd of June is included)


$ 35,00

For both pre-conference and main conference:

$ 85,00

Registration date:

Wednesday 15th of April, 2015

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