10th Conference of the EuNet MERYC

European Network of Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children

University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria,

23th - 27th February 2021

Click here for the conference website



Childhood and Music Making: Exploring - Communicating - Improvising


Deadline: July 15th, 2020




  • July 15th 2020 - abstracts submission
  • September 31st 2020- notification of abstract acceptance
  • October 31st 2020 - early registration fee
  • December 31st 2020 - full paper submission for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings
  • December 31st 2020 - registration fee due by at least one author for each submission in order for the paper to be scheduled in the Conference timetable and included in the Conference Proceedings.


Submissions are invited for:

1. Spoken papers (empirical, theoretical or practice)

2. Posters

3. Symposia

4. Workshops and Demonstrations

The main conference language is English. Participants who wish to present the spoken paper in their first language can do so, but are asked to prepare an English translation of the text and show it as a Power Point slideshow while speaking.

Spoken papers

Spoken papers will be allocated 30 minutes, consisting of 20 minutes for presentation, 5-10 minutes for questions & discussion.

Spoken research papers. The spoken research papers are the presentation of research projects, explaining aims, method (experimental, empirical investigation, ethnological observation, etc.), data analysis, findings, and conclusion.

Spoken practice papers. The spoken practice papers explain and demonstrate innovative didactical approaches/ pedagogical theories, accompanied by a discussion on the implications for future practice.


Poster presentations will appear in the Conference Programme, in the Abstract Book, and in the Proceedings and will be assigned to designated times in the conference schedule. Depending on the subject and/or content, it may be more appropriate to submit an abstract as a poster for visual presentation rather than a 20-minute spoken presentation. In general, the sorts of papers, which are most effective as posters, are those in which the major conclusions become evident from the thoughtful examination of charts, graphs and photos rather than those, which require the audience to follow a sustained chain of verbal argumentation. Therefore, authors will want to make points in narrative form as brief as possible. The poster paper is able to "stand alone", that is, to be understandable even if the author is not present; moreover it does not typically require audiovisual support. Specific information about poster dimensions and other requirements will be communicated to authors of accepted posters.


Symposia will consist of a set of spoken papers related to a theme. The total time allowed for a symposium will be 90 minutes to two hours, consisting of three to four 25-minute papers and a discussion (although variations will be considered). Symposium conveners are asked to coordinate the submission of papers - including an abstract for the entire symposium - stating the rationale for the topic, the aims of the symposium, and the set of speakers proposed (see detailed submission information below). A discussant may also be proposed.

Workshops and Demonstrations

Information on workshops and demonstrations will appear in the Conference Programme, in the Abstract Book, and in the Proceedings. The host university may provide equipment in the form of instruments or other materials if precise information is provided in the proposal. The workshop leaders will be experts in young children’s music education and in training music teachers and educators. They will present practical shared experiences according to specific aims and pedagogical approaches.

A demonstration of an innovative pedagogical approach is likely to take the form of a workshop in which participants join in actively. For demonstrations of software or equipment, authors will be responsible for ensuring that the necessary equipment is available.

The submission for workshops and demonstrations should include a short description of the aims (which should not have a commercial motive) and a full description of the equipment and facilities required. The time for a workshop will be maximum 60 minutes and for a demonstration session maximum 30 minutes.


All submissions for spoken papers, posters, symposia papers and demonstrations must be sent by filling in the appropriate online form that is available on the MERYC2021 website. (coming soon) Abstracts (350 words) should be structured according to these outlines:

Spoken Research paper

For empirical papers the headings should include:

1. Background

2. Aims

3. Method

4. Results

5. Conclusions

For theoretical/review papers, the headings should include:

1. Background

2. Aims

3. Main Contribution

4. Implications

Spoken Practice paper

1. Theoretical background and content

2. Age and characteristics of participants (number of children, ages); Type of school

(nursery, kindergarten, primary school, music school) or community (communities,

childcare centre, family, other); Time and place

3. Aims of the project

4. Method or pedagogical approach (for example: collaborative learning, individual or group

work, self-initiated or adult-led, other)

5. The activities (if possible separate descriptions of what the children do and the teacher


6. The outcomes

7. Conclusion and implications for future work


For posters the abstract headings should include:

1. Background

2. Aims

3. Method

4. Results

5. Conclusions


Symposium organisers should fill in the online form that is available on the Conference website which includes: (a) a 350 word general description of the organised session with its purpose, and rationale; (b) authors and title of each contribution; (c) name of a discussant who, if necessary, can be included in the symposium. Symposium papers will be submitted on-line by the authors and will be reviewed.

Workshops and Demonstrations

The headings should include:

  1. Background
  2. Aims
  3. A short description of the activities
  4. Implications
  5. Specific value and meaning.

Authors of spoken papers and posters should also indicate on the submission form one or more topic areas under which the paper might be grouped, and three keywords. The chosen topic areas can be selected from the list below or a new topic area may be proposed.

Suggested Topic Areas:

  • Aesthetic perception and response
  • Communication
  • Composition
  • Emotion in early childhood music
  • European music heritage
  • Exploring music and sound
  • Improvisation
  • Intercultural music education
  • Musical behaviour
  • Music and education
  • Music and health
  • Music and language
  • Music and memory
  • Music and movement
  • Music and creativity
  • Music development
  • Music in everyday life
  • Music therapy
  • Neuroscience
  • Pedagogical theories
  • Perception
  • Pre-natal music development
  • Singing
  • Socio-cultural studies
  • Teacher training
  • Teaching/learning performance
  • Technologies and music education

PROCEEDINGS All the authors whose abstracts have been accepted may present, by December 31st, a full paper of 2,000 – 3,000 words for the inclusion in the Conference Proceedings. Details of the procedure and format for submitting papers will be provided upon notification of abstract acceptance. Authors must take responsibility for the quality of the written academic English; this may require the author’s engagement of the services of a professional translation service. REFEREEING AND CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS Submissions will be blind-reviewed by members of the MERYC2021 European Panel of Reviewers. Abstracts will be published in a conference booklet and distributed to all participants. Full papers will be published in an e-version of Conference Proceedings that will be made available online prior to the conference for registered delegates.

Vienna 2021