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APME 2020: Breaking Down Barriers

July 26 @ 9:00 am - July 29 @ 5:00 pm EDT


The Association for Popular Music Education’s first-ever European conference, Breaking Down Barriers, will be held at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland.

This conference will take place the week before the International Society for Music Education’s (ISME) biennial conference in Helsinki, Finland. Edinburgh is a great stopping point on the way to Helsinki, and this conference provides the opportunity for Popular Music Education researchers to come together in a specialized environment.

We live in an age in which technological advancements have rendered communication and collaboration across the globe easier and more accessible than ever before. However, there is simultaneously an increased presence of physical and ideological barriers between peoples and nations based on issues such as gender, race, language, social class, and culture. As such, this conference seeks to investigate, problematise, and find ways to break down the barriers to, in, and for popular music education and work together as educators to overcome the challenges faced by our field in an increasingly unsettled global social climate.


Edinburgh Napier University
10 Bankhead Terrace
Edinburgh, EH11 4DY United Kingdom
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