UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)


CDIME 11 Singapore
Diversity and Inclusivity:
Practices and Pedagogies in Contemporary Music Education

January 04-06, 2012 
Venue: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
Lee Foundation Theatre,
Campus 3, 151 Bencoolen Street


From its beginnings in Amsterdam in 1991, CDIME has grown beyond its initial brief of studying the phenomenon of 'teaching world music'. Countries hosting expatriate, migrant or refugee communities are also hosting communities of musical practices which affect global and local flows of musical and artistic practices between them. The fundamental challenge is to locate ways to respond to and through these communities of musical practice, not least through education. In keeping with the dynamism found in music, education and culture, this conference hopes to continue to pursue questions of teaching and learning in the creating performing and responding to folk music, art music and traditional and popular musics of the world.


Thank you for your interests in the 11th CDIME conference.

Videos of keynotes and selected sessions can be found at our events page.



Diversity and Inclusivity: Practices and Pedagogies in Contemporary Music Education

Major themes:

  1. Gender and orientation
  2. Communication and the Web
  3. Ethics in music education Practices
  4. Crossings between critical musicology/ ethnomusicology and music education
  5. Effects of post-colonialism, politics and their perpetuation
  6. Economic argument in cultural diversity
  7. Revisiting notions of informality, structure and systems within the school curriculum
  8. Music as enacted and performative culture Proposals on other topics relating to cultural diversity in music education are also welcome.

Click here to view the detailed conference schedule.



On the Route towards Enriching Education in and Through Music:
A Course Called Mused 452

Venue: The Black Box, National Institute of Education

Patricia Shehan Campbell

From the perspective of one working American music educator comes this report of a practical course in the preparation of musicians in their teaching of music to children and youth in American schools. The course, Mused 452: Ethnomusicology in the Schools, was established some 30 years ago as a required course within the university’s undergraduate program with the aim of balancing the ideals of ethnomusicology with the precepts of multicultural education and global education studies. Changes in the course over time resonate with changes within and beyond academia, from ‘just’ an introduction to the world’s cultures for prospective teachers to an aggressive thrust into the realities of teaching in communities removed from the comfortable lives of university students. With references to the conceptual frameworks for the course (including foundational ideas in multicultural education, ethnomusicology and world music pedagogy), some details are offered of the musical and pedagogical components of the course, both in-class experiences and assigned exercises and projects. Reflections on the aim and mission of the course reflect larger matters of the CDIME movement to diversify school music programs, to respond to the cultural diversity of our schools and society, and to navigate the tremendous political push-and-pull that bubbles beneath the efforts of everyday teachers to make a difference in a changing world.

Teaching as Learning; a perspective on the Electric Guitar
Venue: Lee Foundation Theatre, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

Larry Hilarian Francis in dialogue with Eugene Dairianathan

This keynote takes the form of an enthusiast vs skeptic to processes of engaging and enthusing learning through playing the electric guitar.

How do students’ consider progressive learning pathways through the electric guitar? What do they learn and how are they assessed? How does enabling them through the electric guitar connect them with tradition? What of their own transformation? Traditional ways of assessing these forms of learning have been registered through if not relegated to micro-management of explicit (as opposed to formal) teaching methodology and learning strategies.

Seen through the lens of an enthusiast, both conventional and non-conventional pedagogical approaches could be used to enthuse learning outcomes. Support for such claims emerges in detailed evaluation records and copious notes kept of case studies throughout for two years to gauge the levels of lesson development and whether attainment targets were met.

While the skeptic accepts that teaching and learning the electric guitar should not compromise the fundamental objectives of technical skill, an overconcentration on such skills leaves the learner vulnerable to a decontextualised musical learning. Is there a point in acquiring musical techniques without an informed perspective or appreciation of the electric guitar in social, cultural, political, economic and educational fields?

The electric guitar will be used in this presentation to demonstrate some key features of learning to perform and understanding the soundscapes of popular culture embedded and embodied in performance.

The Interplay of Diverse Elements in Music
Venue: Lee Foundation Theatre, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

Kelly Tang in dialogue with Eric Peter Stead

The issue of diversity in music is explored beginning from the juxtaposition of the simplest contrasting elements within music itself, expanding to the hybridization of distinct styles within a musical work. The unique challenges of composing music within an environment such as Singapore will also be discussed, touching on Singapore as a multi-cultural platform where individuals are exposed to a confluence of worldviews as manifested in diverse artistic expressions. Video recordings of musical performances will be used to demonstrate these processes, as well as a live recital by the T’ang Quartet of music incorporating Malay, Chinese, Jazz and European influences.

Conference convenor
UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)
National Institute of Education



  • Early Bird (before 15 October 2011) - $375SGD
  • Normal  (on or after 15 October 2011) - $400SGD


  • Local student - $100SGD
  • International student - $200SGD

Local Teacher - $200SGD
Single day - $150SGD

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! Please note that conference fees are non-refundable. Registration is best viewed with Internet Explorer.

Paper Submission

Deadline for submission of Abstracts, Refereed papers, and Workshops: July 15, 2011.

Please email submissions as attachments in Word format to unesco.care@nie.edu.sg.

Click here to view Submission Guidelines.

Conference Proceedings

Refereed papers from the conference will be published as peer reviewed proceedings. A disk of the proceedings is included in the registration fee.

Conference sites: National Institute of Education and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

General Information

Getting Around

The conference main venue is at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Campus 3, 151 Bencoleen Street Singapore 189656 (please refer to location map).  International delegates who are staying at Hotel Rendezvous could walk from the hotel to NAFA (10-15 minute walk). A map will be provided to you upon check-in.

On the afternoon of 04 January, 2012, there will be a keynote presentation and performance at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. All participants will be shuttled from NAFA to NIE and back.

Concurrent sessions are held at two locations in NAFA: 1) Lee Foundation Theatre and 2) Lee Foundation Theatre Lower Foyer.

Arrival – Changi Airport

There are two recommended options for transportation from Singapore's Changi Airport to the city.

1. Taxi. This is perhaps the fastest and most convenient way to travel. At all 4 terminals, you will find a taxi rank, where fully licensed taxis will take you anywhere. In Singapore, all taxis run to a meter. Fare will be approximately $20. There could be some surcharges on top of your fare including midnight-6am surchage (add 50%) and airport surcharge (S$3 weekdays, S$5 weekends). Also, the passenger will have any road toll charges added to the fare (e.g. those entering the city during office hours).

2. MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). This is the public electric train system, located at Terminal 2. This is a safe, cheap and convenient way to travel into town. One-way ticket sales are cash (local currency) only. A single trip for one person to City Hall is around S$2, plus additional S$1 refundable deposit for the ticket card. Trains run from 6am to midnight.


Registration for the conference is on the morning of Day 1. All participants will receive a name tag, conference bag, programme book and program CD upon registration. All participants who have opted to pay on the first day of registration must approach the registration table to settle the conference fees.

Venue: NAFA Lee Foundation Theatre Entrance

Date: 04 January 2012 (Day 1)

Time: 08:00-13:00 hours


Lunch and morning/afternoon snacks will be provided. All food served is Halal. Participants who require a vegetarian meal option must contact the CDIME organizing committee before 30 December 2011 to avail of this option.

Computer Facilities

Computer facilities (free internet access) will be made available on 2 laptops located at the Lee Foundation Theatre upper foyer.


An information table will be located at the Lee Foundation Theatre foyer to answer all other queries or concerns. For urgent matters, you could contact:

Lum Chee Hoo: cheehoo.lum@nie.edu.sg; +65 93257760

Joy Millan: millan.khristian@nie.edu.sg; +65 82468132


PARTNER HOTEL: Rendezvous Hotel, Singapore

Rates: $220sgd/night (standard room, inclusive of breakfast)

To book: Download this form and email it to fatimah@rendezvous.com.sg

* All Hotel Booking Forms are to be submitted to fatimah@rendezvous.com.sg on or by 30th November 2011. All bookings received thereafter will be based on room availability at 'Best Available Rate'.

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