Dialogue, research and experts’ ideas in an innovative and creative way
for the benefit and improvement of music education/art,
are the underpinning tenets of the symposium.
The International Symposium of Music Pedagogues is the first music pedagogy symposium held in the Republic of Croatia. Launched in 2009 at the Academy of Music of the Juraj Dobrila University in Pula at the initiative of Dr Sabina Vidulin. The symposium brings together music pedagogues with broader expertise, researches and practitioners who seek to improve music theory and practice through research, innovations and practical proposals. It includes lectures and presentations of the latest professional and scientific achievements in music education, workshops, forum groups, interactive discussions, concerts, book presentations and exhibitions. It is conceived as a place of exchange of musical and pedagogical knowledge, presentation of research results, ideas and experiences from practice.
The Scientific Committee is composed of distinguished experts from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Slovenia and Serbia. Renowned reviewers from these and other countries (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Romania), as well as partnerships with the European Association for Music in Schools (EAS), the Association Européenne des Conservatoires [Association of European Conservatoires] (AEC) and the Regional Network of Psychology and Music (RNPaM) contribute to the reputation and positioning of the Symposium on the European music pedagogy map.
The seven symposia were attended by 305 participants from Croatia and abroad: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Serbia, the Netherlands and the United States of America.
In addition to the symposium headquarters in Pula hosting the 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2021 editions, the addition of new symposium destinations, Split in 2015 (Art Academy in Split) and Osijek in 2019 (Faculty of Educational Sciences) has been very important in its development.
Each symposium has been accompanied by the Proceedings Music Pedagogy in the Context of Present and Future Changes 1-7 indexed in the RILM and EBSCO databases. The series has been prepared in accordance with the highest European standards. Special attention is given to the quality of works so consequently we emphasize that article published has undergone a rigorous review process, and has received the categorization and the UDK number.
The Proceedings to nowadays encompass as many as 203 scientific and professional papers, useful references for researchers dealing with music pedagogy topics, as well as for teachers and students. In addition to the Proceedings, six papers were published in the journal "Život i škola", vol. 64, no. 2. The Proceedings of the first, second, third, fifth and seventh symposium were published by the University of Juraj Dobrila in Pula (Academy of Music in Pula), the proceedings of the fourth symposium were published by the Academy of Arts of the University of Split, and the proceedings of the sixth symposium by the Faculty of Education of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek.
The Symposium continuously observes contemporary changes in education in the country and abroad, taking into consideration the needs of the sector and adapting to the labor market. Its mission is to determine new trends in music education, refer practitioners and scientists to the actual situation, and promote interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in music education. The Symposium is an important platform and generator of changes in music education that caters to the needs of teachers and scientists, as testified by numerous post-symposium collaborations, new joint projects, researches and papers resulting from fruitful discussions and debates, introduction of new strategies and models in school curricula and innovation of the teaching process.
The symposium has been and will continue to serve as a platform for new contacts and cooperation between music pedagogues from different countries, providing a significant base of practical and long-life education, a place where common interests will contribute to the improvement of music pedagogy in wider context.