University of York Music Education Conference 2020: Learner Voice

Music Department, University of York, 29-30 May 2020

In recent years there has been an increasing recognition of the importance of learner voice in music education. By placing this at the heart of music teaching and learning we seek to include and empower all learners regardless of music educational setting and the age, ability, or number of learners. A learner-centred approach encourages active participation and meaningful engagement with learning which can not only raise standards of achievement but potentially also lead to new pedagogical practices.
This conference will bring together researchers, teachers, practitioners, and students to stimulate critical discussion and sharing of learner voice approaches in a wide range of music education contexts and to facilitate reflection on effective practice. Cross-disciplinary perspectives from music psychology, healthcare, and music technology are welcome.
Proposals are invited from researchers, teachers, learners, and practitioners; submissions from postgraduate research students and early-career academics are encouraged. Proposals should show how the topic relates to the conference theme and are welcome for presentations in various formats:
– Spoken papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes for Q&A)- Interactive poster presentations- Workshops (45 minutes)- Panels (45 minutes)- Short provocations (max. 5 minutes followed by discussion)
Please send abstracts (max. 250 words) and biographies for all presenters (max. 150 words) by email to Dr Caroline Waddington-Jones ( by Friday 13 March 2020.