CDIME XIII - International Conferencee

March 29 - April 1st 2017

Hotel Annapurna, Kathmandu, Nepal

 Nepal team is eagerly waiting to welcoming the participants to the land of Himalayas for the conference 2017.
We wish to also inform you that we have the best possible deal of vacation arrangements for you in nepal, also known as the backpacker's disneyland/ ultimate goal for mountain lovers and adventurers. Snow peaks and Sherpas, yaks and yetis, monasteries and mantras, temples and hymns, safari and wildlife, hiking or cycling- you may choose how you wish to have the best vacation of your lifetime... please email here ( ) or in [email protected] to get the tour package details.   

Wednesday March 29th

09:00 - 10:00

Kumari Hall Reception Area

Conference Registration and Refreshments

10:00 - 11:00 

Kumari Hall

Conference Opening

Opening performance 

11:30 - 12:30

Session 1

Kumari Hall

Meeting Room

Arch Room

Music Education and Forced Migration. Chaired by Alexis Kallio

Composition, Creativity, and Cultural Diversity. Chaired by Anna Kuoppamäki

Collaboration in Cultural Diversity. Chaired by Hussein Janmohamed

Katja Thomson (FIN) Citizenship for the world in Motion: A Musical Response to Migration 

Linda Toivanen (FIN) & Heidi Partti (FIN) "Composing Cultural Diversity in Higher Music Education"

Linus Ellström (SWE) "Using Borders as Bridges: An Analysis of Ethno, a Concept Working Towards Promoting Intercutlural Dialogue and Understanding"

Brit Ã…got Brøske (NO) & Anders Rønningen (NO) "Encountering the Unfamiliar: Building Intercultural Competence. Experiences from a Pilot Project Bringing Music Teachers to a Palestinian Refugee Camp in South-Lebanon"

Chee Hoo Lum (SING) & Natalie Alexandra Tse (SING) "Collaborative Creativity: The Multiplicity of Identity of a Contemporary Singaporean Musician"

Prem Gurung (NEP) & Danielle Treacy (FIN) "Building an Appreciative Inquiry Teachers' Network: A Co-reflection from the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

12:30 - 14:00


We cordially invite conference participants to join us at 'Sam's', a nearby cafe that celebrates diversity and equal opportunities that would welcome your support for the local community. The food available will be an excellent introduction to Nepali cuisine, and both vegetarian and meat options will be available. Please select your preference at registration if you will be joining us. 

14:00 - 15:00

Session 2

Kumari Hall

Meeting Room

Arch Room

Global Visions Project Panel: Heidi Westerlund (FIN), Sidsel Karlsen (NO), Liora Bresler (USA) & Eva Saether (SWE) "Global Visions Through Mobilizing Networks: Co-Developing Intercultural Music Teacher Education in Finland, Israel, and Nepal"


Chaired by Iman Shah

Music Education and Diaspora. Chaired by Hanna Kamensky

Workshop: Bindu Subramaniam (IND) & Ambi Submramaniam (IND) "Sapa in Schools: A Program to Integrate Indian and Global Music Education for Indian Children as Part of the Curriculum"

Angie Tang (CAN) "Afghaniyat: Exploring the Hyphenation and Reconstruction of Musical Identity Within the Afghan Diaspora of Toronto, Canada"

Subhash Ram Prajapati (USA) "Teaching Nepalese Music Abroad"

15:00 - 15:30

Kumari Hall Reception Area

Refreshments and Music Sales

15:30 - 16:30 

Kumari Hall

Keynote Performance: Nepalese Folk Orchestra

Introduced by Global Visions Project Researchers: Sidsel Karlsen (NO) and Iman Shah (NP)

17:00 - 18:00

Poolside Garden

Welcome Reception in celebration of Finland's 100 years of Independence and collaboration with Nepal: Finnish Ambassador to Nepal, Jorma Suvanto and Deputy Head of Missions, Marianne Kujala-Garcia 

Performance by the Manamaiju Helsinki Collective: Experiencing and Exchanging Traditions through Musical Collaboration

Thursday March 30th




09:00 - 10:00

Session 3

Kumari Hall

Meeting Room

Arch Room

Learning from Experiences of Cultural Diversity in Music Education. Chaired by Heidi Partti

Between the Local and the Global. Chaired by Rizu Tuladhar

Cultural Diversity, Music Education, and the Future. Chaired by Tuulikki Laes

Eva Saether (SWE) "Doing Intercultural Music Education: Reflections, Challenges, and Experiences from El Sistema in Sweden"

Taru Anneli Koivisto (FIN) "Health, Music, and Power: Reproducing or Diminishing the Patterns of Equality and Social Diversity?" 


Danielle Treacy (FIN), Sapna Thapa (USA) & Suyash Kumar Neupane (NEP) "Cultural Renewal and Change: The Role of Global Influences in Nepali Music and Music Education"

Patricia Shehan Campbell (USA) "World Music Pedagogy: Evolutionary Activity Within the Smithsonian Folkways Frame"

Giuliana Conti (USA) "Intercultural Competence in Music Educaion"


Christopher Mena (USA) "Reckoning with Diversity in Music, Education, and Culture in Yangon"

10:00 - 10:30 

Annapurna 1st Floor Lobby

10:30 - 12:00

Session 4

Kumari Hall

Meeting Room

Arch Room

Cultural Diversity and Music Teacher Education. Chaired by Prem Gurung

Popular Music Education as Cultural Diversity. Chaired by John Shrestha

Music Education, Religion, and Spirituality. Chaired by June Boyce-Tilman

Laura Miettinen (FIN) "Co-constructing Intercultural Music Teacher Education through Methodological Design"


James Humberstone (AUS) & Alexis Kallio (FIN) "To Quiet or Disquiet? Navigating the Offensive Other in Music Teacher Education"

June Boyce-Tilman (UK) "Spirituality, Universalism and the Music Curriculum"

Albi Odendaal (RSA) "Intercultural Teaching Skills through the Eyes of Four South African Music Teacher Educators"

Nathaniel Jay Olson (USA) "Confronting the Ideological Challenges of Diversity:  Bluegrass in American Institutions of Higher Education"

Hussein Janmohamed (CAN) "Choral Music Education and Muslim Youth: A Sonic Pathway for Negotiating Religious Secular Identities?"

Vilma Timonen (FIN), Marja-Leena Juntunen (FIN) & Heidi Westerlund (FIN) "Colonialism or Empowerment? Exploring Teacher Reflexivity in a Nepalese Music School Context"

Donna Weston (AUS) "Challenge Accepted: Creating Synergies between Popular Music Education and Cultural Diversity in a Practice-Based Higher Education Program"

Irene Trønnes Strøm (NO) "Spirituality, Religious Beliefs and Music in Cross-Cultural Contexts: Negotiations and Navigations"

12:00 - 13:30

There are a number of quality restaurants at varying price points in the nearby area. More information about lunch options are included in your conference pack.

13:30 - 14:30

Session 5

Kumari Hall

Meeting Room

Arch Room

Global Visions Project Panel: Iman Shah (NEP), Rizu Tuladhar (NEP), John Shrestha (NEP), Kushal Karki (NEP) "Co-developing Music Education Through Reflexivity and Exchange in the Context of Nepal"


Chaired by Vilma Timonen

Cultural Representation and Identity in Music Education. Chaired by David Johnson.

Music Education, Religion, and Spirituality Continued

Lari Aaltonen (FIN) "Evading Exoticism, Elevating Cultural Understanding: Culture Cooperative Uulu and Modes of Cultural Representation in Multicultural Music Education in Finland"

Workshop: Amira Ehrlich (ISR) & Hussein Janmohamed (CAN) "What Does Devotion Sound Like? Re-imagining Religious Expression in a Global Soundscape"

William Coppola (USA) "The Effect of Performance Venue Migration on the Experience of World Musics"


14:30 - 15:30

Session 6

Kumari Hall

Meeting Room

Arch Room

Performance Lecture: Ne Myo Aung "Survival and Sustainability of Myanmar's Traditional Music"

Fostering Cultural Diversity in Music Education. Chaired by Lari Aaltonen

Frameworks of Cultural Diversity in Higher Education. Chaired by Marja-Leena Juntunen

Kathy M. Robinson (USA) "From Shandong to Alberta: Sharing Global Musics in the Elementary Music Classroom"

Helena Gaunt (UK) "Evolving a Transformational Framework for Specialist Higher music Education"

Karen Howard (USA) "Developing Multimusicality in Choir"


Alexandra Kertz-Welzel (DE) "Internationalization and music Education: Developing a Framework for Higher Education"

15:30 - 16:00

Kumari Hall Reception Area
Refreshments and Music Sales

16:00 - 17:00

Kumari Hall
Keynote Adress: Sapna Thapa, Chaired by: Eva Saether
"Seeking an Identity": Recognizing, Reducing, and Repatriating Structural and Systemic Hegemony in Education and Music Education

17:00 - 18:00

Kumari Hall Reception Area
Networking Opportunity. Refreshments will be available from the bar at participants' own expense.

18:30 - 22:30

Electric Pagoda
Live Music and Jam Session. Food and beverages are available from the venue at participants' own expense.

Friday March 31st




09:00 - 10:00

Kumari Hall

Keynote Address: Lakshminarayana Subramaniam. Chaired by: Helena Gaunt

Title "The need for a practical approach to global music in classrooms"

10:00 - 10:30

Kumari Hall Reception Area

Refreshments and Music Sales

10:30 - 12:00

Session 7

Kumari Hall

Meeting Room

Arch Room

Music Education and Indigeneity. Chaired by William Coppola

Cultural Diversity and Curricula. Chaired by Albi Odendaal

Intersectional Investigations into Cultural Diversity in Music Education. Chaired by Taru Koivisto

Thomas Fienberg (AUS) "Bridging Boundaries: Collaborative Approaches to Understanding and Teaching Australian Indigenous Music"

Min-Jung Son (KOR) "Korean Policy on Cultural Diversity in Music Education Focusing on Textbook Writings"

Minja Koskela (FIN), Anna Kuoppamäki (FIN), Sidsel Karlsen (NO) & Heidi Westerlund (FIN) "What Counts as Diversity? Intersectional Investigations into Finnish National Music Curricula"

Alexis Kallio (FIN) "Beyond Strategies of Survival Towards Visions of Decolonized Becomings: Áile's Voice"

David Johnson (SWE) "Cultural Diversity of Song Repertoire in Swedish Compulsory Music Education: A National Survey"

Ruth Gurgel (USA): Shattering the glass ceiling: identifying and overcoming barriers to access in music education

Candice Leow Xian Yin (SING/TWN) "Making Multiculturalism Through Music: Origins and Outlook for Formosan Cultures and Languages"

Yuki Kono (JAP) "Japan's Growing Diversity: An Analysis of Multicultural Music Education in Elementary and Junior High School Textbooks"

Tuulikki Laes (FIN) "Pushing the boundaries of Cultural Diversity: A new approach to inclusion through a critical disability lens in music teacher education 

12:00 - 13:30


There are a number of quality restaurants at varying price points in the nearby area. More information about lunch options are included in your conference pack.

13:30 - 14:30

Session 8

Kumari Hall

Meeting Room

Arch Room

Workshop: William J. Coppola & Patricia Shehan Campbell "Exploring Sacred and Social Soundings of Native North American Indigenous Cultures in North America"

Technology, Music Education, and Cultural Diversity. Chaired by James Humberstone.

Performance lecture: Natalie Alexandra Tse (SING), Andy Chia (CHI) & Cheryl Ong (CHI) "Performing Sounds: Experimenting with Ethnic Chinese Instruments, SA's Creative Processes

Amanda Christina Soto (USA) "Exploring the Music of the World through Technology"

James Reddan (USA) "Examination of Social Media's Role in Undergraduate Music Students' Perception of Self, Cultural Identity and Other Cultures"

14:30 - 15:00

Annapurna 1st Floor Lobby

Refreshments and Performance by the Housewives Choir

15:00 - 16:00

Session 9

Kumari Hall

Arch Room

Panel: Huib Schippers (NL/AUS), Heidi Westerlund (FIN), Patricia Shehan Campbell (USA) "Cultural Diversity in Music Education: 50 Years After Tanglewood"

Chaired by Katja Thomson

Workshop: Roope Aarnio (FIN) "Including Musical Diversity to Practical Applications in Music Theory Teaching"

16:00 - 17:00

Kumari Hall
Keynote Address: Lochan Rijal. Chaired by: Huib Schippers. 

The Future of Music Education in Nepal

19:00 - 21:30

Nepal Music Centre
Conference Dinner. Bus departs Annapurna Hotel at 18:20. Return buses departs NMC at 21:00 and 21:30.

Saturday April 1st




09:00 - 10:30

Session 10

Kumari Hall

Meeting Room

Arch Room

Cultural Diversity, music Education and Social Justice. Chaired by Hussein Janmohamed.

Pedagogical Approaches to Cultural Diversity. Chaired by Kushal Karki.

Responsive and Responsible Music Education. Chaired by Minja Koskela

Camilla Kvaal (NO) "Is Music Inclusive or Exclusive? A Very Unsettling Answer to a Very Simple Question"

Anita Dhungel (NEP) "Soulful Feminine Voice in Teej Songs: An Innovative Teaching Learning Approach

Claudia Gluschankof (ISR) & Amira Ehrlich (ISR) "Confusing Music Teacher Identity: Mixed Messages in Extracurricular Programming of a Faculty of Music Education"

Bidhata Sing Bhattarai (NEP) & Heli Shahi (NEP) "Teej Songs and the Obscure Taboo"

Kristiina Ilmonen (FIN) "Creativity and Tradition Intertwined: The Pedagogical Approach to Cultural Diversity and Change at the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department"

Ruth Gurgel (USA) "You Don't Have to be a Hero, Just be Human: Teachers' Implementation of Culturally Sensitive and Relevant Pedagogy in Music Classrooms"

Hanna Kamensky (FIN) "Enhancing Diversity in Finnish Music Education Institutions: Introducing the Floora project"

Tammy Sue Yi (USA) "The Art of Conducting Children's Orchestras: The Practice of Social Justice Learning in Music Education"

Vicki R. Lind (USA) "Voices from the Field Teachers' Journeys into Culturally Responsive Teaching"

10:30 - 11:00

Annapurna 1st Floor Lobby

Refreshments and Music Sales

11:00 - 12:00

Kumari Hall

Panel Discussion: Amira Ehrlich (ISR), William Coppola (USA), Minja Koskela (FIN), David Johnson (SWE), Bindu Subramaniam (IND), Natalie Alexandra Tse (SING). Chaired by Sidsel Karlsen

"Looking Forward: Cultural Diversity and Music Education in a Changing World"

12:00 - 12:30

Kumari Hall

Conference Closing

  Conference closing


Paper presentations will be allocated 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute chaired question/answer discussion. Each workshops will be given 60 minutes.The allocated time for other forms of presentation will be negotiable.

The presentation rooms have a computer, video projector and audio equipment. There will be staff available for technical support during the whole conference. We recommend that you bring your presentation saved on a USB stick if possible (even if you are planning to use your own laptop). Please be sure to embed everything (ex. audio excerpts) in your PowerPoint file.

Please note: The internet connection is not always reliable in Nepal.

The CDIME XIII conference will be held at the Annapurna hotel, Kathmandu.

Upon arrival at the hotel please register for the conference in the lower foyer, level 1.

Rooms have been reserved at the following hotels at a special price for the conference:

Hotel Annapurna is Siutated right in the heart of the valley and it is by far one of the busiest and safest place to stay.

Please note: to book accommodation at The Annapurna Hotel, please email the hotel directly to secure your stay for the CDIME conference 2017.

Special rate:

  • Single Occupancy USD 100.00 plus taxes per room per night on BB
  • Double Occupancy USD 110.00 plus taxes per room per night on BB
  • Extra Bed USD 35.00 plus taxes per room per night on BB


The above rates have the following value additions:

  1. Welcome Drinks upon arrival.
  2. Complimentary buffet Breakfast.
  3. Complimentary wireless Internet (320 kbps) access throughout guest stay.
  4. Complimentary Airport Pick up and Drop off to the International Airport via hotel coach.
  5. Tea/Coffee making services in the room.
  6. Two 500 ml mineral water bottles daily.
  7. Complimentary Local English Newspaper daily.
  8. Iron and Ironing board upon request.
  9. Complimentary use of Fitness Center (Excluding Masseur Service).
  10. Complimentary Safe deposit locker during the stay.

Yellow Pagoda: 170 meters from the Conference venue.

Yellow Pagoda, a 3 star hotel located on a prominent location is a nice place to stay. You may book the room from the hotel website Please mention Conference CDIME2017 to receive the special rate.

Single Occupancy USD 50

Double Occupancy USD 60


Kathmandu,  Nepali pronunciation: [kɑʈʰmɑɳɖu]) is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal.  Kathmandu is the core of Nepal's largest urban agglomeration located in the Kathmandu Valley consisting of Lalitpur, Kirtipur, Madhyapur Thimi, Bhaktapur and a number of smaller communities. Kathmandu is also known informally as "KTM" or the "tri-city".

Kathmandu experiences warm and sunny days throughout March.  You can experience a good amount of sunshine, about 8 to 9 hours a day.

The average daytime temperature generally hovers around a pleasant 26�C (79�F) whereas the average minimum temperatures generally drop down to 5C (41F).

The nights can get quite chilly, so it is advisable to carry some warm clothing and also make arrangements for a heater in the hotel.

According to the 2011 census, Kathmandu Metropolitan City has a population of 975,453 and measures 49.45 square kilometres (19.09 sq mi). The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal It is surrounded by four major hills: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Kathmandu Valley is part of three districts (Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur), has the highest population density in the country, and is home to about a twelfth of Nepal's population.

Kathmandu is the gateway to tourism in Nepal. It is also the hub of the country's economy. It has the most advanced infrastructure of any urban area in Nepal, and its economy is focused on tourism, which accounted for 3.8% of Nepal's GDP in 1995/96. Tourism in Kathmandu declined thereafter during a period of political unrest, but since then has improved. In 2013, Kathmandu was ranked third among the top 10 travel destinations on the rise in the world by TripAdvisor, and ranked first in Asia



For Visa Information please click here,  Nepal immigration website 

To download the tourist visa Application form, please click Application Form


Information on Visiting Kathmandu can be found below:

Welcome Nepal : has information on sightseeing in and outside kathmandu, places of interest, events and activities. 

Shangrila Nepal Trekoffers comfort excursions to exotic location around Kathmandu and surrounding areas. If you are looking for a quick but quality holiday in Nepal, make them your travelling partner. 


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