REACT Symposium

Reflective and critical approaches to teaching and learning of music performance

September 21–23, 2022

Hosted by Piteå School of Music at the Luleå University of Technology

The REACT Symposium aims to bridge the gap between artistic production and academic research, thus creating opportunities to combine artists’, educators’ and researchers’ knowledge, featuring thematic conferences, round table discussions, papers, lecture recitals, workshops, pedagogical demonstrations.

The REACT Symposium will create a forum for debating the activities implemented within the scope of the project, providing a space for the broader community to discuss current developments in music performance teaching and learning and to present related artistic research projects.

Call for papers

As part of the REACT project, Piteå School of Music at the Luleå University of Technology announces a symposium dedicated to the development of reflective and critical approaches to the teaching and learning of music performance in Higher Music Education (HME). We welcome presentations that advocate change with regard to diversity, equity and inclusivity, with a particular interest in new formats and concepts, such as the potential of artistic research to innovate in HME; dialogic teaching models; as well as pedagogical strategies in tandem with the music industries. 

Proposals will be peer-reviewed by an international panel of researchers. The deadline for abstracts is April 30. The outcome of the review will be communicated no later than May 15. 

Selected authors will be invited to develop their presentation into a chapter in the final, peer-reviewed, REACT White book publication. 

Presentation formats 

Conference contributions can be presented in one of the following formats: paper, performative presentations, workshop, poster and panel. 

  • Paper – an oral presentation by one or more presenters. Time: 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussions. 
  • Performative presentations (include workshops, pedagogical presentations or lecture-recitals): it is a format designed for presentations that contemplate an integration of practical demonstrations, interactions and/or performance. Time: 35 minutes plus 15 minutes for discussion. 
  • Poster presentation: Presenters who wish to share ideas in a less formal setting than a paper presentation may prefer to submit a poster. Dedicated slots for poster sessions will be organized during the conference, wherein at least one of the presenters must be present to discuss their submission. Posters should be 91×122 cm and printed and delivered to the conference no later than the evening before the opening of the conference. 
  • Panel: a group of researchers present and discuss a shared project or research topic focusing on a shared subject related to the call. Time: 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions and comments. 


Send your abstract to:

  1. the title of your presentation
  2. a summary of the presentation of no more than 300 words (research questions, theory and method, results and conclusions. References are optional and do not contribute to the word count.) 
  3. information about the preferred form of the presentation (paper, performative presentation, panel, or poster – if you choose performative presentation, please explicate the role of the demonstration, interaction and/or performance in the presentation as a whole) 
  4. information about technical requirements (a projector and sound system are available in all rooms)
  5. name and (where applicable) institutional affiliation of all participants
  6. contact information for the presenter or panel coordinator 

Presentations will be chosen based on their scholarly/research quality, originality and relation to the conference themes.

Facilities and equipment

The conference takes place in the Piteå School of Music, Luleå University of Technology, in the north of Sweden. The Piteå Campus affords a wide range of different facilities, lecture halls, concert halls, black box theatres, a small cinema, and can therefore host presentations in many different formats.