The 29th World Music Education Conference will be held in Beijing from August 1 to 6. It is the first time the World Music Education Conference will be held in China in its more than 50-year history. More than 7,000 music education experts and representatives of scholars and musicians from 56 countries will participate in the conference. In addition, 97 performance teams and 2,802 cast and staff members from both China and abroad will hold 66 concerts during the six-day conference.
According to a press conference on July 5, the conference, which has the theme “harmony and future of the world,” will discuss international academic issues including worldwide basic music education and social music education.
According to the sponsor, the conference will have two phases. First, symposiums featuring the seven committees under the International Society for Music Education will be held at seven different universities, including Northeast Normal University, Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Beijing Normal University from July 25 to 31. Then the general meeting held in Beijing's China National Convention Center will invite famous experts and scholars from China and abroad to present their reports. In addition, there will be 66 concerts and 711 symposiums including the grand multi-media concert “Colorful Silk Road” for the opening ceremony, and the “China Night” concert and a special Greek concert for the closing ceremony.
Currently, 7559 people have signed up for the conference, including 3846 registered participants and 97 performance teams from China and abroad, which have a total of 2802 cast and staff members.
Xie Jiaxing, vice supervisor of the conference academic team, said that the conference is sponsored by the International Society for Music Education and operated by Chinese Conservatory of Music and music education branch of Chinese Education Society. Relevant symposiums and concerts will be held at Beijing’s China National Convention Center and the Chinese Conservatory of Music.
The World Music Education Conference was established by the International Society for Music Education, an international academic institution under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It has an over 50-year history and is known as the “Olympics of music education”. The conference is held every two years has successfully held 28 sessions in many countries, and has had an extensive and profound influence around the world.