Call for Tutorials

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The annual conference of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) is the world’s leading research forum on processing, analyzing, searching, organizing and accessing music-related data. The 22nd ISMIR conference, to be held in an all-virtual format, welcomes proposals for tutorials to be given in conjunction with the conference. Tutorials take place at the start of the ISMIR conference, and this year will be held on Sunday, Nov 7, 2021 in an online format. Each tutorial is allocated 3 hours to concentrate on a single topic; tutorials take place in parallel sessions.

To make the conference more accessible and inclusive, in addition to the standard tutorial suggestions, we particularly welcome tutorial proposals which either cover fundamental and introductory topics in MIR, or present an informative and stimulating coverage of current MIR topics in a manner that is targeted towards people new to the field.

Important Dates

Time zone: Anywhere On Earth (AOE)

  • Initial Proposal Submission: April 9, 2021
  • Final Proposal Submission: April 16, 2021
  • Notification of Acceptance: June 4, 2021


Initial proposals should be submitted as a PDF attachment via email to by April 9, 2021. After that, authors are welcome to submit revised submissions (but not initiate new submissions) by April 16, 2021.

Submission Guidelines

Tutorial proposals should consist of a 2–4 page abstract including the following:

  • Title
  • Presenter names, affiliations, and email addresses
  • Motivation and relevance of the tutorial
  • Outline of the tutorial content
  • Intended and expected audience
  • Short biography of the presenters
  • Presentation tools and format to be used (live / pre-recorded video, colab notebooks, software)
  • Any other special requirements

Review Process

Acceptance/rejection decisions will be made by the ISMIR2021 Tutorial Chairs, and notifications will be made by June 4, 2021. The decision will depend on the following criteria:

  • Relevance (i.e., of interest to the whole community or only a segment thereof)
  • Suitability to students who are new to MIR and to those with basic knowledge of MIR (rather than specialists)
  • Quality, comprehensiveness and coverage
  • Originality of topics with respect to previous ISMIR tutorials
  • Novelty of authors with respect to previous ISMIR tutorials
  • Expertise of authors
  • Suitability for online presentation
  • Complementarity of tutorials
  • Usage of open-source and free software tools/data, reproducible research

For additional information, you can reach the tutorial program chairs via

Best regards,

Tutorial Program Chairs (Yi-Hsuan Yang, Ashis Pati)