We are happy to invite you to three days of artistic, pedagogic and scientific sharing and discussion within the field of folk music in higher music education.

The third conference on Pedagogies, Practices and the Future of Folk Music in Higher Education, will take place between 17-19 February 2021 in Stockholm, Sweden. There will be keynotes, papers, posters, performances and pedagogic presentations.

The programme will include a conference dinner and will end with a grand concert in the concert hall "Kungasalen" at KMH on Friday night February 19.

The theme of the conference will be "The power of oral transmission".

Call for submissions!

Sign up in the submission link below!

There are four different presentations formats for the conference. You can submit more than one presentation. All formats will have a limited timeframe of 30 minutes except the posters, which will be on display during the whole conference.

PAPER - an oral presentation
A prepared oral presentation within artistic, pedagogical, scientific research.

POSTER - a visual display in A1 format
A prepared presentation within artistic, pedagogical, scientific research presented in a visual format

PRACTICAL PEDAGOGIC - a workshop/ practical presentation
A prepared workshop from your practice.

PERFORMANCE - an artistic presentation
A prepared artistic presentation from your practice.

All submissions will be evaluated and selected by an international committee, and the organizers of the conference, based on the quality of the submission and in relation to the conference theme.

Note: If you want to propose more than one submission - just fill out the form once again.

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We are looking forward to your contribution!


June 30 Prolonged deadline: July 31

September 15 - Selected submissions notified

October 1 – Programme release and registration opens (preliminary)

November 15 - Registration deadline

Conference fee: €170

Conference dinner (separate fee): €30

Conference language: English

Conference partners with KMH are The Royal Swedish Academy of Music (KMA) that is an independent organization, which acts to promote the artistic, scientific, educational and cultural development of music and the mother of KMH. Also, The Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC) will be a partner, and at the conference, a new platform for trad-, folk-, and world music within AEC will be launched.

Prologue and Endnote

The conference will also have an attached prologue and endnote. The prologue will be an informal meeting on the evening of Tuesday 16th open for all. The endnote will be a, by invitation only, open discussion "think-tank style" on Saturday 20th at The Royal Swedish Academy of Music with the topic being the development of artistic research within Folk Music in higher education. More information to come.

Due to the Covid-19

We continuously follow the recommendations of the public health department and hope that we will be able to conduct the conference as planned. We are considering the prolonged difficulties that Covid19 might cause for the conference; therefore, we are investigating digital streaming alternatives/options. Hopefully we can go ahead with the conference even if it has to be in a virtual format—more information to come.

Conference Background

The first conference on Pedagogies, Practices and the Future of Folk Music in Higher Education took place at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow in 2018, initiated a new platform for artistic, pedagogic and scientific sharing within folk music in higher music education. After yet another conference at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki it is now the Royal College of Music's turn to arrange the third conference on this topic.

The conference is a platform for developing the growing field of folk music in higher music education. The theme for the conference will be 'The power of oral transmission' and will include both keynotes, papers, posters, pedagogic presentations and performances.

We invite participants from across the field to contribute with artistic, scientific and pedagogic research and knowledge, to share it amongst peers.


If you have any questions please contact:


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The conference committee at KMH

Susanne Rosenberg, Professor Folk Singing
Anna Wikénius, Lecturer
Sven Ahlbäck, Professor Folk Music
Olof Misgeld, Senior Lecturer