Confluence – Music Conference

15 March 2019 | 10:30 AM – 5 PM
Raj Bahadur Memorial Hall (2nd Floor), Nepal Chamber of Commerce Hall, Kantipath, Kathmandu, Nepal

Echoes in the Valley music festival is committed in creating a platform for the exchange of practices, experiences, research and philosophies on music education in Nepal.

This year’s conference will address various interfaces and interactions between stakeholders in the Kathmandu music education field. They provide their insights of the current situation with a special focus in the curriculum work that has taken place inside the institutions. The conference will explore the theoretical and practical implications of curriculum work through paying special attention to social awareness and social activism in diverse settings of music education.

Through discussions on values, ethics as well as educational aims in music, this conference aims to bring together various stakeholders who are contributing to music education in Nepal through various educational efforts. The conference ends in a panel discussion of future vision for Nepali musicians both locally and globally.

Entry to conference is FREE. Please REGISTER ONLINE.

– Presentations and discussions will be bilingual.
– Please park your vehicles for free at Bishwo Jyoti Hall.


10:30 AM – 11 AM – Registration and tea/coffee

11 AM – 11:15 AM – Opening remark by Vilma Timonen, University of the Arts, Helsinki

PANEL 1 : Music Education – Pedagogy and Curriculum
Chair: Kushal Karki

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM – Representative from Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Nepal, Curriculum Development Center

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM – ‘Curriculum at Nepal Music Center’ by Iman Shah, NMC

11:45 AM – 12 PM – World Voice Project by Pradeep Bomjan

12 PM – 12:15 PM – ‘Curriculum at Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory’ by Abhisek Bhadra, KJC

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM – Keynote ‘What does a curriculum tell about our values and visions?’ by Prof. Heidi Partti, University of the Arts, Helsinki

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM – Q&A session with all the presenters

1:15 PM – 2 PM – Lunch with music

Round table – Music Education and Issues on Accessibility
Chair: Sharareh Bajracharya, Srijanalaya

2 PM – 3 PM – Panelists: Sugam Deshar, Prem Gurung, Kushal Karki, Robin Dangol, Abhaya Shrestha, Shreeti Pradhan and Pushpa Palanchoke

3 PM – 3:20 PM – Hi-Tea with music

PANEL 3 : Future Vision
Chair: Vilma Timonen

3:20 PM – 3:35 PM – ‘Future vision for music education in Nepal‘ by Lochan Rijal, Kathmandu University, School of Arts, Department of Music

3:35 PM – 3:50 PM – TBC

3:50 PM – 4:20 PM – ‘‘Access and visibility of Nepali musicians on the world music scene’ by Simon Broughton, Songlines magazine

4:20 PM – 4:55 PM – Panel discussion ‘Future vision for Nepali Music and Music Education’ including all the presenters.

4:55 PM – 5 PM – Closing remark by Rizu Tuladhar, festival co-founder/co-director, Echoes in the Valley

This conference is being supported by British Council Nepal, Goethe Institut and Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki in partnership with Kathmandu University, School of Arts, Department of Music, Nepal Music Center, Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, Srijanalaya and Nepal Youth Chamber.