Study Group on Musical Instruments









The Study Group on Musical Instruments is an informal association of scholars, instrument makers and musicians who share interests in studying all aspects of traditional musical instruments. The study group was founded in 1962 by Erich Stockmann within the framework of the International Folk Musical Council / International Council for Traditional Music.

Last Symposium:
The 20th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on (Folk) Musical Instruments was held in Luang Prabang, in 2015 from 10-13 June.


Next Symposium:
The 21th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Musical Instruments will be held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegowina, in 2017 from 5-8 April.


Proposed topics:
1. Musical Instrument Makers between Local Quality and Global Market
The first theme may include research, field notes, and reports on local features of musical instruments regarding their ergology, sound quality, and visual aspects that are modified over various time periods in order to expand the local market, to resist the global market, or to accommodate diverse functionalities in the world of 'world music'.

2. Permissibility of Instrumental Sound in Society
The second theme asks for the permissibility of instrumental sound in society. This can include many sub-topics ranging from executive laws to aesthetic concepts regarding selected musical instruments, instrument makers, and instrumentalists in general. Also, hierarchies in ensembles and orchestras may play a role in determining various aspects of permissibility. Gender, age groups, racial and social perspectives can be discussed in this context.

3. New research
We invite reports or drafted studies on substantially new research.

Presentation forms:
(20 Minutes + 10 Minutes Q&A)

Video session


Lecture recital

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 July 2016
(150-300 words + contact details)

Confirmation of accepted papers latest by: 1 October 2016

Deadline for Registration:1 January 2017

Studia Instrumentorum Musicae Popularis IV (inkl.DVD)
ISBN 978-3-95645-743-2, ISSN 2191-5261
The fourth volume of STUDIA INSTRUMENTORUM MUSICAE POPULARIS (NEW SERIES) is offering papers on two main themes presented during the 20th symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Musical Instruments held in Luang Prabang, Laos, from 10-13 June, 2015. The first theme is "Dance Instruments Song Instruments" and considers that many local music traditions are complex and involve to a big part dance alternating with songs. The idea to deepen insights on instrumental functionality from the perspective of performative demands is, therefore, of some urgency, especially in times of increasing substitution of live music through fixed and pre-produced media items. Studies on the duality of performance functions, observed differentiation in playing techniques or repertoire, the physical inclusion of musical instruments in the performance and musical instruments as subjects in song texts or vocally represented in sound imitation might be some research fields that deserve to be looked at. The second theme is dedicated to "Emotional Implications of Instrumental Sound". This topic includes cross-disciplinary studies that investigate into instrumental sound with regard to music psychology, acoustics and social behaviour, dynamics of aesthetic norms within communities, ethnic labelling, gendering / age grouping of musical instruments according to sound qualities, or any associative structuring in the perception of instrumental sound. Further, new research topics are introduced and their first results are made available to a broader audience.

Dist. Prof. Dr. Gisa Jähnichen
(PhD, Humboldt Univ. Berlin; professorial thesis [habil], University Vienna)
Ethnic Minority Arts Research Institute
Guangxi Arts University
7th Jiaoyu Road
Nanning, Guangxi 530022
PR China


Germany: Mühsamstr. 64
10249 Berlin
Tel ++(49-30)4292829


Prof. Dr. Gisa  Jaehnichen   
Comparative Musicology - Audiovisual Media   
Music Department   

Faculty of Human Ecology   

Universiti Putra Malaysia   
UPM Serdang, Selangor   
Poscode 43400   
Tel.: +603-8946-7127   



Dr. Rinko  Fujita  

Dittesgasse 16/3  

A-1180 Wienna  
Tel.: +43 664 5345 281  


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