February 9, 2021
International Society for the Sociology of Music Education (ISSME)
Updates and Reminders
Dear ISSME colleagues, 

I hope this emails finds you well. The ISSME task force and conference committee have been very active and would like to take this opportunity to announce the launch of the website: Thank you to Gareth Dylan Smith for his work in establishing and maintaining this site. Thank you also to Petter Dyndahl and the ISSME 2021 Online Committee for their work on the upcoming conference. 

Best Wishes,
Jennifer Lang
Book Announcement
My Body Was Left on the Street: Music Education and Displacement
edited by Kính T. Vũ and André de Quadros
Displacement, relocation, dissociation: each of these terms elicits images of mass migration, homelessness, statelessness, or outsiderness of many kinds, too numerous to name. This book aims to create opportunities for scholars, practitioners, and silenced voices to share theories and stories of progressive and transgressive music pedagogies that challenge the ways music educators and learners think about and practice their arts relative to displacement. 

Displacement is defined as encompassing all those who have been forced away from their locations by political, social, economic, climate, and resource change, injustice, and insecurity. This includes: 

- refugees and internally displaced persons; 
- forced migrants; 
- indigenous communities who have been forced off their traditional lands; 
- people who have fled homes because of their gender identity and sexual orientation; 
- imprisoned individuals; 
- persons who seek refuge for reasons of domestic and social violence; 
- homeless persons and others who live in transient spaces; 
- the disabled, who are relocated involuntarily; and 
- the culturally dispossessed, whose languages and heritage have been taken away from them. 

In the context of the first ever book on displacement and music education, the authors connect displacement to what music might become to those peoples who find themselves between spaces, parted from the familiar and the familial. Through, in, and because of a variety of musical participations, they contend that displaced peoples might find comfort, inclusion, and welcome of some kinds either in making new music or remembering and reconfiguring past musical experiences. 

Contributors are: #4459, Efi Averof Michailidou, Kat Bawden, Rachel Beckles Willson, Marie Bejstam, Rhoda Bernard, Michele Cantoni, Mary L. Cohen, Wayland “X” Coleman, Samantha Dieckmann, Irene (Peace) Ebhohon, Con Fullam, Erin Guinup, Micah Hendler, Hala Jaber, Shaylene Johnson, Arsène Kapikian, Tou SaiKo Lee, Sarah Mandie, David Nnadi, Marcia Ostashewski, Ulrike Präger, Q, Kate Richards Geller, Charlotte Rider, Matt Sakakeeny, Tim Seelig, Katherine Seybert, Brian Sullivan, Mathilde Vittu, Derrick Washington, Henriette Weber, Mai Yang Xiong, Keng Chris Yang, and Nelli Yurina.
International Society for Music Education (ISME)
Brisbane World Conference: Update
Work now progresses apace for the launch of the 35th ISME World Conference, set for Brisbane in 2022. Australia has the long summer academic holiday and Christmas at the same time, so people are now just coming back to their desks to start the new academic year and return to planning for the world conference. Much been done, though, over the break by the management and executive teams and the conference organisers.

Three important things to note: 
  1. The launch of the world conference website and call for papers are set for early March and everything is currently on track for that. We have already announced the theme, but to recap it's A Visible Voice and that's explained more on this news page.
  2. The same conference organisers are handling the submissions and registration for the pre-conference seminars as well as the world conference, so it will be one website address to remember and it will be clear from the first click which you are submitting to.
  3. In this uncertain world, the decision has also been made to design a world conference that can be delivered face-to-face or online. Of course we have hope that we won't need the latter. This means that when you submit there will be boxes to tick about whether you consent to be recorded or for your work to be presented online. Something for you to think about.

European Association for Music in Schools
The first ISME regional conference for 2021 is EAS, set for 24-27 March and online only, with the support of the Freiburg University of Music and the Freiburg University of Education. Registration now open
Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education (PASMAE) goes virtual 
PASMAE has advised that the government of Zambia has cancelled all events for the foreseeable future, which means this year's pan African regional conference will be online only. The theme is equity and diversity in musical arts education and this is explained on the website, including the sub themes. The call for papers is now open. It will be held on 5-9 July and the organisers are currently revising the plans and will announce them shortly.

Pan American regional conference call for papers extended
The call for papers for the 13th Latin American Regional Conference and 4th ISME Pan American Regional Conference has been extended to 28 February. The organisers have made the decision that if the conference is unable to run face-to face, then it will be online. We trust this encourages you to submit a paper to be a part of this important regional event. The dates are 3-6 August 2021.

ISME South Asia Regional Conference announced
The ISME South Asia regional conference will be at University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka in November 2021. Exact dates are yet to be confirmed. Put the date in your diary and start to think about submitting a paper. Call for papers will open in a few weeks.
Conferences & Calls
ABLE Assembly Conference
Our ABLE Assembly Conference is coming up -- the dates are April 10-11, 2021. The attached postcard contains all of the relevant information. Learn more at
Music, Sound, and Trauma Conference
Indiana University, Virtual
12-14 Feb 2021

We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the conference “Music, Sound, and Trauma Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” taking place virtually February 12-14, 2021. Hosted at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and subsidized through an IU Presidential Arts & Humanities grant, the conference is free and open to the public. This conference brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines to illuminate the current state of research on music and trauma, while also generating rich discussion of further avenues of interdisciplinary inquiry, activism, and collaboration. Featuring researchers from across the globe working at the intersections of music scholarship, sound studies, history, psychology, medical humanities, and other disciplines, this event centers on addressing three main questions:
1) How can emerging knowledge from the humanistic discipline of trauma studies shape music- and sound-oriented fields such as musicology, ethnomusicology, music education, and sound studies?
2) How might music and sound studies research that engages with trauma studies shape the landscape of research and teaching in the arts and humanities more broadly?
3) Considering the many ways in which cultural trauma and social inequality have historically been linked, how might interdisciplinary research and pedagogy at the intersections of music, sound, and trauma inform knowledge, policy, and practice geared towards social justice within and beyond the academy?
Keynote presenters include:
Maria Hamilton Abegunde (Indiana University)
Laura Brown (Seattle, WA)
Maria Cizmic (University of South Florida)
Lucy Dhegrae (National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY)
Pacifica Quartet (Indiana University) and Shulamit Ran (University of Chicago)
For more information, including program, presenter, and registration information, please visit or email musicsoundtraumaconf2021 – at – To access Zoom links for conference sessions attendees must register for the conference.
Conference Organizers: Dr. Erin Brooks (SUNY-Potsdam), Jacqueline Fortier (Indiana University), Dr. Michelle Meinhart (Trinity Laban Conservatory), and Dr. Jillian Rogers (Indiana University) 
Job Announcements
Assistant Professor of Music Education
Columbus State University
Job Summary
The Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University seeks an Assistant Professor of Music Education (with an Instrumental emphasis). This is a tenure track, full-time position to begin August 2021.

Responsibilities include: teach and team-teach undergraduate music education courses, including courses such as instrumental methods, technology in music education, vernacular and jazz methods, conducting, and graduate courses - other courses may be assigned as appropriate and according to the needs of the school; placing and supervising student teachers; advising undergraduate students; working cooperatively with the College of Education and Health Professions; building professional relationships with local, regional, and national music educators; maintaining an active research program; assisting in the recruitment of highly qualified music majors; and participating in department, university, and professional service.

Required Qualifications
Key qualifications include: three to five years of successful school teaching experience; demonstrated potential for scholarly contribution to the field; and a record of success as an instrumental music educator with knowledge of instrumental (band and orchestral) pedagogy and literature.

Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be given to candidates with a completed doctorate in music education. Applicants who are ABD will be considered; Preference will be given to candidates with experience in teaching at the college level. Preference may be given to candidates with experience in wind band conducting.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Required Documents to Submit with Online Application:
• Statement of Interest and Qualifications
• Curriculum Vitae
• Three references with emails and current telephone numbers (Will not be contacted without prior notification)

Contact Information
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Scott Harris, Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907; or email to

Conditions of Employment
A successful criminal background check will be required as a condition of employment.

To apply, visit here.
Director of Bands/Instruments Music Education
Southeast Missouri State University
Primary Responsibilities:
Provide visionary and artistic leadership for the entire band program with primary responsibilities for the Southeast Marching Band (supported by an Assistant Director of Bands and a Director of Percussion), the Wind Symphony, and the Concert Band. Other duties will include providing leadership in Bachelor of Music Education instrumental degree program. 

Teach undergraduate courses in basic conducting, advanced instrumental conducting and literature, marching band techniques (including drill software), instrumental pedagogy for the PK-12 levels, as well as other courses in Music Education as needed. This position may also require the observation and supervision of field experience courses. 

Additional teaching assignments may include a general music course (such as Technology, Instrumental Techniques/Methods Courses, Music Appreciation, Jazz Appreciation, Aural Skills, Music Theory, applied instrument, or other appropriate courses as assigned), based on the candidate’s strengths and interests. 

This is a 10-month position; and may include an additional one-month, separate contract for summer to include the expectation for an experiential student learning (formation of a band camp or other experiential learning opportunity). Recruiting, advising, and mentoring students are important components of this position as is serving as a liaison and resource to public school music teachers in the region. Service opportunities will include departmental, college and university committees as assigned.

Application Deadline: The position is available August 1, 2021, and will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 17, 2021.

For required qualifications, further details about the University and for application links visit here.
Assistant Visiting Professor of Choir
Music Education and Social Justice
Portland State University School of Music and Theatre
The School of Music & Theater at Portland State University seeks applicants for a fixed term (up to 3 years) Asst Visiting Prof of Choir, Music Ed & Social Justice to begin September 16, 2021. The successful candidate will have a firm foundation in Choral Music Education, Choral Conducting, and a strong background in public school choral programs with an eye toward the future of innovation and social justice in the field of choral music.

They will be responsible for significant community outreach, working to serve marginalized communities, including the houseless, through choral music. Portland State’s motto: “Let Knowledge Serve the City” as well as initiatives supporting this work will guide and support the candidate as they design and implement a musical model in the community. The candidate will conduct student choirs, teach choral music education methods and conducting courses, and work with the Director of Choral Activities in recruiting for and supporting the choral program. Additional music education courses may be assigned by the Director of the School of Music and Theater.

For more information and to apply, please visit here.

Portland State’s College of the Arts has made a strong commitment to anti-racism and is seeking faculty whose life-experience, research and teaching can advance this work throughout our campus and community. This position is one of five full-time positions (Choral Music/Social Justice, Opera/Voice, Theater/scenic design, Music Theory/Brass, and Music Education) open in the School of Music and Theater through which we intend to advance our work promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Assistant/Associate Dean for Access and Equity
College of Arts and Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University
The College of Arts and Architecture seeks candidates for the position of Assistant/Associate Dean for Access and Equity. The successful candidate will be the inaugural holder of this position which also comes with a tenured academic/faculty appointment in the appropriate disciplinary unit within the college. This full-time, 48-week administrative position will report to the dean of the College of Arts & Architecture.

The College of Arts and Architecture seeks a leader who will develop a distinctive vision for access, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. As such, the successful candidate will be the lead administrator in the college charged with the key responsibilities of

(1) advancing access, equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and retention, efforts for students, staff, and faculty in the college;
(2) motivating and sustaining a college-wide culture that embraces individual identities, fosters a culture of inclusion and belonging, and promotes equity and equitable practices; and
(3) assessing and promoting the impact of these efforts throughout policies and practices within the college.

In this role, the assistant/associate dean will guide the college toward pursuing and achieving the goal articulated in the College’s strategic plan dedicated to establishing a culture of anti-racism, anti-oppression, and equity through our values, standards, ideals, policies, and practices. This goal includes actively upholding anti-racist and anti-oppression standards and ideals within curricula, procedures, policies, and programs. As the leader in the college in access, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging, the successful candidate must be able to engage effectively with faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni, donors, and friends within and outside of the College to advance initiatives and realize goals and actions. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • work closely with the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity
  • serve on the Administrative Council on Multicultural Affairs;
  • contribute to University-wide programs that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • oversee progress on College’s strategic goal on anti-racism, anti-oppression, and equity;
  • serve as ex officio member of the College’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee;
  • work closely with the College’s multicultural coordinator and the equity, diversity, and inclusion administrators in the units in the College;
  • support faculty and staff through facilitation of professional development opportunities, mentoring, and advocacy.

Required qualifications
  • A terminal degree in one of the academic areas/disciplines within the college, with qualifications commensurate with tenure requirements at Penn State;
  • Vision, commitment, and evidence of advancing anti-racism, anti-oppression, and equity among students, faculty, staff, and administrators;
  • Experience as a successful, tenure-line faculty member;
  • Record of publications, creative practice, and accomplishments in diversity, equity, access, anti-racism, anti-oppression;
  • Evidence of impact concerning access, equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and/or retention efforts as a scholar, mentor, and/or instructor.
  • Record of identifying and securing federal, foundation, and other sources of funding to support diversity, equity, access, anti-racism, anti-oppression programs or initiatives.

Preferred qualifications
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and advancing diverse and inclusive arts and design practices, communities, and engagements;
  • Record of successful collaboration across organizational/institutional units, communities, and boundaries, arts/design programs, school programs, and other engagement programs;
  • Organizational skills as an academic administrator, preferably at or above the rank of assistant/associate department head;
  • Experience with budget oversight, resource management, grant funding, and revenue generation;
  • Experience working in a large and complex university or arts institution;
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in the design, implementation, and assessment of diversity, equity, anti-racism, anti-oppression programs and workshops;
  • Demonstrated commitment to mission and vision of the College of Arts & Architecture;
  • Inquiry-based and collaboration-based approach to leadership, research, and creative practice, strategic planning, collaborative team-building, and implementation;
  • Excellent oral and written skills as well as strong interpersonal skills.

To apply for this position, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for four references via the University's employment website ( To nominate a candidate or if you have questions, write to Mallika Bose (, Chair of the Search Committee and Associate Dean for Research, Creative Activity, and Graduate Studies. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Search procedures will be facilitated by video conferencing technologies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check.

Assistant or Associate Professor of Music and Human Learning
University of Texas at Austin
Position begins August 2021. 

Full-time, tenure-track; rank, salary, and tenure status commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Responsibilities include teaching courses in the undergraduate music teacher preparation program and in the graduate program in music and human learning (including undergraduate courses in musical development, music in special education, music in underserved communities, and graduate courses in the successful candidate's areas of expertise); serve on graduate committees; supervise theses and dissertations; participate in the work of the Center for Music Learning. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a record of professional research activity appropriate for tenure at a Tier 1 research university.

The University of Texas at Austin ranks among the finest universities in the country. The Butler School of Music, comprising some 90 faculty and approximately 600 music students, has an outstanding reputation for its performance and academic programs. Degree plans range from the bachelors to the doctoral level. The faculty in Music and Human Learning is devoted to deepening our understanding of all aspects of music in the human experience (perception, performance, teaching and learning, and the roles of music in culture) and fostering the development of outstanding professionals in all dimensions of music teaching and research. The Austin area, known for its beauty and comfortable lifestyle, also provides many cultural advantages through its numerous arts organizations and is home to a very active and creative music scene.

The Butler School of Music is committed to cultivating an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming community and to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students, and curricula. We welcome applicants who can help achieve these objectives.


Doctorate required. We seek candidates who are superb musicians and teachers, and whose areas of teaching expertise complement those of existing faculty, with a particular interest in the psychology of learning, the musical development of children and adults, music education in inclusive classrooms, and issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in public education. We are particularly interested in candidates who are committed to advancing the cause of anti-racism and inclusive and equitable practices in all levels of education. Candidates should have a strong record of or show potential for research, and should show evidence of successful teaching at the college level and in primary or secondary schools.

The Butler School of Music is committed to cultivating an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming community and to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students, and curricula. We welcome applicants who can help achieve these objectives.

Application Instructions

Review of applications begins February 22, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date and the position will remain open until filled. 

  • Applications should include:cover letter, which should include a description of the candidate's contributions to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • curriculum vitae
  • complete contact information for three references

Please do not submit additional supporting materials unless requested by the search committee.

All documents must be uploaded via UT's online application system:

Inquiries only may be directed to:
Director of Bands
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
The Department of Performing Arts of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga welcomes applications for the position of a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor, 12-month contract – Director of Bands, beginning July 1, 2021. ABD required; Doctorate preferred. We especially welcome applications from minority candidates. Salary range dependent on qualifications: 60,000-70,000.

The successful candidate will conduct Marching Band and Concert Band, cooperate with music education faculty in supervising secondary instrumental student teachers, actively participate in student recruitment, and establish and maintain good working relationships with area high schools, communities and alumni. The Marching Mocs have recently received over 100K in new marching band instruments and rehearse in a newly renovated facility.

Other courses taught could include Pep Band, Ensemble Pedagogy and Rehearsal Techniques and Literature, Instrumental Conducting, applied lessons on primary instrument, or other courses as assigned by the chair and based on candidate interests and qualifications. The candidate will serve on university committees and perform other departmental duties as assigned by the chair. In addition, the candidate will be expected to develop and maintain visibility in the state, region, and nation as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, and participate in state and national music organizations.

Qualifications: Doctorate or ABD in Instrumental Music Education or Conducting, or related field; at least one degree in education/education field by August 20, 2021; a minimum of six years successful experience as a Band Director in a secondary school and demonstrated record of success in instrumental ensemble conducting (secondary, post-secondary, community, professional); active engagement in professional organizations, or other education-related endeavors at the local, state, or national level; commitment to building professional relationships with K-12 Band Directors; strategically recruiting students; developing relationships with alumni; and strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

Further Desirable Qualifications include: Prior university-level teaching experience, commitment to and demonstrated success in student recruitment and retention, experience with and commitment to use of alternative delivery formats, preparation to teach in a secondary and related area such as music technology, music appreciation, world music, or core music courses.

Job area : Band
Job Title : Director of Bands
Rank : Assistant/Associate Professor, 12 month contract
Start Date : July 01, 2021
Application deadline : Applications accepted until position filled

Application Procedures
For full consideration, applicants should prepare and submit all of the following information within our online application system:

  • Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  • CV including up-to-date personal information (name, email, phone, etc.)
  • One Page Sample Recruiting Strategies
  • One Page Teaching Statement
  • One Page Diversity Statement
  • References: list of names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses for three (3) professional references.
  • Videos of rehearsals and performances of concert and marching bands will be requested later.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site.