Past Conferences

43rd Conference 2021 Australia (Online)

Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education

Unmasking Music Education, the 43rd Conference 2021
30 October – 31 October


Hosted by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne, in conjunction with Southern Cross University.

The Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME) is pleased to announce the 43rd Annual Conference. In 2021, the conference will be an online format hosted by MGSE and MCM, The University of Melbourne and ANZARME welcomes all music education researchers, from beginners to experienced.


In response to the ongoing COVID restrictions, this year’s conference will again run as an online event. Presenters are encouraged to submit an abstract through the ANZARME website for triple blind review (deadline July 23). Successful presenters will be notified as soon as possible after this date and will then be invited to create a video (in any format) of their presentation to be uploaded at least two weeks before the conference. Conference delegates will have the opportunity to watch presentations in advance, and take part in interactive online Q&A sessions over October 30 – 31. Details on abstracts and video submissions below.


Australia and New Zealand have both been impacted by the Covid-19 epidemic. While spared the worst of the health crisis, Covid-19 has dramatically impacted the way music education has been delivered. At the same time, the crisis has forced music educators to rethink the way they operate. Accordingly, and appropriately, the conference theme of Unmasking Music Education reflects the opportunity to consider how we will operate in a post-Covid world.

Topics investigated in the ANZARME Conference may include (but are not limited to):

  • creating and nurturing healthy, sustainable and flexible learning environments
  • predicting future directions in music education and music professions and adapting courses and curricula to meet these challenges
  • preparing students for careers that encompass significant life changes and events
  • building resilience and recovery skills in learners, educators and musicians
  • the contribution of music to community welfare and human well-being
  • music as a vehicle of social, environmental and altruistic action and growth
  • the healing powers of music

Please note that papers that do not address the conference theme will also be accepted for consideration. The conference theme is intended as a guide. Participants, particularly beginning researchers and students undertaking research for the first time are invited to submit abstracts of their research that is work in progress. ANZARME provides a collegial and supportive environment for presentations.


Due Friday July 23

Abstracts must be no more than 300 words and include your name and institutional affiliation. All abstracts are double blind peer reviewed. Notification with regards acceptance will be given as soon as practicable after submission.

Please submit your abstract using the abstract submission form on this page (located to the right on desktop devices and towards the bottom of the page on mobile devices).



Full participant / ANZARME membership: $50 (AUD)

Student / student membership: $25 (AUD)


Participants, particularly beginning researchers and students undertaking research for the first time are invited to submit abstracts of research proposals for work in progress.


To encourage new researchers, ANZARME provides two Post Graduate Research prizes; the Doreen Bridges Prize, and the David Sell Prize. Both awards are for promising research presented at the conference to Post Graduate students undertaking investigations in the field of music education. The prizes are awarded on the recommendations of a panel of adjudicators who attend the presentation. Previous winners are not eligible to apply. Student papers must be sole authored. Students must be currently enrolled in their research studies. 


Successful presenters are invited to create a 15 minute recording of their presentation using any suitable media format. Presentations can then be uploaded via the conference submission interactive PDF below. The PDF contains:

  • a powerpoint template for presentations
  • information on appropriate video formats
  • instructions on how to save and label presentations
  • instructions on how to upload presentations

Download PDF – video-upload-process-ANZARME-2021.pdf

Technical support is available at . Please head any inquiry as ‘Video submission problem’ in the subject line All video presentations must be uploaded before Friday September 27.

We look forward to welcoming you all

Dr Geoffrey Lowe
ANZARME President

Associate Professor Annie Mitchell and Christine Hainstock
Conference Organisers