The 13th Asia-Pacific Symposium

for Music Education Research

Exploring Possibilities and Alternatives

in a Changing Future

APSMER 2021 TOKYO has moved online.

(At Meiji Gakuin University Shirokane Campus

1-2-37 Shirokanedai Minato-ku Tokyo, 108-8636)

September 2021

17 : Registration

18 -19 : Conference

Important Dates

We will continue to update this page with new information about the effects of COVID-19 as needed

15 November 2020

Announcement and Call for Papers Starts

31 March 2021

Deadline for Abstract Submission

30 April 2021

Notification of Acceptance

1 June 2021

Registration and Payment Starts

Registration Fees, Dates, and Deadlines (PDF)

1. Early Bird (JPY 16,000) From 1st June until 30th June 2021
2. Regular (JPY 22,000) From 1st July until 31st August 2021
3. JMES Members (JPY 15,000) From 1st June until 31st August 2021
4. Full-time Students (JPY 10,000) From 1st June until 31st August 2021

30 June 2021

Deadline for Online Registration (Early Bird and Presenters)

30 June 2021

Deadline for Submission of Full Paper

15 July 2021

Notification of Review Results (Full Paper)

31 August 2021

Deadline for Online Registration

17 September 2021

Check in and Registration

18-19 September 2021

Conference Dates

Keynote Speakers

(University of South Florida)

Akikazu Nakamura

(Composer, Syakuhachi Player, Writer)


Initiated by the Research Commission of the International Society for Music Education (ISME,, the Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research (APSMER) was founded in 1997 by three founders, namely, Prof. Tadahiro Murao from Japan, Prof. Gary McPherson from Australia, and Prof. Hong-soo Lee from Korea. The name of APSMER (Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research) was proposed by Prof. Gary McPherson. It has provided a forum for Asia-Pacific researchers, graduate students and teachers in music education to meet every two years. The APSMER has become the regional conference of ISME in the Asia-Pacific region in 2007. The symposium aims to share knowledge and experience among music educators in the Asia-Pacific region and to provide opportunity for music educators to develop networks and work collaboratively in advancing the theory and practice of music education.

APSMER 2021 is the 13th Symposium to be held in Tokyo. Previous conferences have taken place in Seoul (1997), Launceston (1999), Nagoya (2001), Hong Kong (2003), Seattle (2005), Bangkok (2007), Shanghai (2009), Taipei (2011), Singapore (2013), Hong Kong (2015), Melaka (2017) and Macau(2019) .

Board of Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (from 2017)


Prof. Bo Wah Leung, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Assoc. Prof. Chee-Hoo Lum, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NIE/NTU), Singapore.


Prof. Margaret Barrett, Monash University, Australia

Prof. Jessie Chen, National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan

Prof. Baisheng Dai, Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao

Prof Hiromichi Mito, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan

Prof. Steven Morrison, Northwestern University, USA

Dr. Narutt Suttachitt, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Dr. Ramona Mohd. Tahir, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia

Prof. Jiaxing Xie, China Conservatory of Music, China

Prof. Jong Mo Yang, Busan National University of Education, Korea