Event: Sempre 50th Anniversary Conference (September 2022)


The Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (Sempre) was founded in 1972, growing out of the Reading Conferences on Research in Music Education that were started in 1966 by Arnold Bentley. Originally known as the ‘Society for Research in Psychology of Music and Music Education’ (‘SRPMME’), Sempre remains to this day the only society which embraces research in both music education and music psychology, providing an international forum to encourage the exchange of ideas and to disseminate research findings.

Learn more here: https://sempre.org.uk/about

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About the 50th Anniversary Conference

SEMPRE’s 50th Anniversary Conference will celebrate the field of the psychology of music and music education and will take place in September 2022. The conference will incorporate keynote addresses, presentations by SEMPRE 50th Anniversary Award holders and the winner of the Aubrey Hickman Award, panel discussions, spoken papers and poster sessions. Contributions are welcome from all areas of music psychology and music education.

Location: In-person and online

Senate House, University of London

Date: 2&3 September 2022

Keynote presenters
  • [TBC]
SEMPRE 50th Anniversary Award Holder presenters
  • Graziela Bortz
  • Anja Feneberg
  • Caroline Waddington-Jones
  • Leonardo Bonetti
  • Sarah Hennessy
  • Emily Carlson
  • Elaine King
  • Hannah Marsden


Proposals are invited in the following categories (details of durations for spoken presentations and compositions are given below):

  • Research paper: full-length spoken presentation (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion);
  • Research poster and statement: Electronic submission plus short presentation (details TBC)


Please submit an abstract of your proposed presentation via EasyChair. (200 words, All abstracts should fully and clearly describe the topic of the presentation and should include the following information: title, background, research questions, aims, summary of content and significance.

Aubrey Hickman Award

SEMPRE’s 2022 Aubrey Hickman Award will be given at this conference in recognition of a paper by a postgraduate researcher or early career researcher (defined as being within two years of having been awarded their doctorate), that offers a significant and previously unpublished contribution to the knowledge and understanding of music education or music psychology. Applicants should submit an extended abstract of 2000-3000 words via EasyChair in addition to the 200 word abstract outlined above. Further details will be available here: The Aubrey Hickman Award.

Conference Link: https://sempre.org.uk/50th

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