The University of Aveiro and INET-MD (Institute of Ethnomusicology – Centre for Music and Dance Studies) will host the 2nd International Symposium: “Music for and by Children: Perspectives from Composers, Performers and Educators”, from 28th – 30th September 2022 in Aveiro, Portugal. 

The main goal of the musichildren’22 conference is to explore aspects of music for children, and music that is created by children. It aims to stimulate discussion, develop ideas, and disseminate research in the fields of Music Composition, Performance and Music Education. This 3 day event will host paper presentations, performances, workshops and discussions from around the world.

We are aware of the eventual restrictions related to the current global pandemic;  if necessary, we will adapt to a hybrid or online format.


Main conference themes

  1. Children as performers and audience: A forum that explores and presents research of processes that lead to music performed by children and the processes involved in performing to children.
  2. Composing for children: A forum that aims to explore and present research and reflections on factors that contribute to widening repertoire for children and young audiences.
  3. Children’s music: A forum that aims to develop new understandings of children’s creativity, and of the particular ways they create their own music, alone or in groups, in formal, non-formal and informal contexts.

In this pandemic, new paradigms have emerged in the field of Music Education. In musichildren’22 we will give a special attention to new ways of  teaching, performing and creating music, with and for children.