Action

September 14, 2020
Announcements
Call for Member Participation:
MayDay Group Action Ideal Revisions
The MayDay Group is seeking members to be involved in a revision of our Action Ideals. To express interest, please email MDG Steering Committee Chair Darrin Thornton at dht2@psu.edu.
Book Announcement
Becoming an Irish Traditional Musician: Learning and Embodying Musical Culture
by Jessica Cawley
Becoming an Irish Traditional Musician: Learning and Embodying Musical Culture is now available now on the Routledge website. This text will be of interest to anyone interested in musical transmission and communities of practice; and overlaps between ethnomusicology and music education research.

Coupling the narratives of twenty-two Irish traditional musicians alongside intensive field research, Becoming an Irish Traditional Musician explores the rich and diverse ways traditional musicians hone their craft. It details the educational benefits and challenges associated with each learning practice, outlining the motivations and obstacles learners experience during musical development. By exploring learning from the point of view of the learners themselves, the author provides new insights into modern Irish traditional music culture and how people begin to embody a musical tradition. This book charts the journey of becoming an Irish traditional musician and explores how musicality is learned, developed, and embodied.
International Society for Music Education (ISME)
6 Year Strategic Plan
The ISME Six Year Strategic Plan identifies a broad set of priority areas (or key challenges) that give direction and inspiration to ISME’s activities over the next six years.

The Plan serves as a guide for the planning of future world conferences, the development work that is needed to support future projects and activities, and the implementation of new initiatives that will support ISME’s goals.

The Plan increases the transparency and accountability of the Society’s commitments and ensures priorities align with ISME’s core values and can be sustained beyond a few short years.

The Plan also serves as a vehicle for communication of ISME’s mission to members and beyond.

To view the plan, please click on the link.

Conferences & Calls
ABLE Assembly:
Arts Better the Lives of Everyone
The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs is proud to announce that the 2020 ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone Conference has been reimagined and rescheduled. The conference will take place online on October 3, 4, 10, and 11, 2020 from noon-5:30 p.m. EST each day. The event will include live, synchronous keynote sessions and many recorded "breakout" sessions, as well as networking time, performances by artists with disabilities, and synchronous facilitated "synthesis panels" at the end of each conference day. Recorded sessions and supplemental materials will be available to registrants after the conference ends. For more information and to register, go to berklee.edu/able.
Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference
Athens, GA
January 28-30, 2021
Research Posters

GMEA Research in Music Education and College Division is pleased to announce the call for proposals for presentations at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference Research Poster Session.

Students (undergraduate and graduate) and faculty are invited to submit abstracts describing completed or in-progress research pertaining to any aspect of music teaching and learning. Researchers whose work is selected are required to (a) register for and attend the GMEA Conference (researchers from out-of-state will received complimentary registration), (b) prepare a visual display of their research, and (c) be available during the dedicated poster session to discuss their work with interested persons.

Posters will be displayed on traditional large poster boards in the Atrium of The Classic Center for the entire day on Friday, January 29th. Posters can be up to 44’’ wide and 36’’ high. The dedicated poster session time slot from 11:15 AM-12:15 PM will provide opportunities for conference attendees to interact with researchers. In the event the conference moves to a virtual format due to COVID-19, the research posters will be displayed online.

Topics:
Research studies exemplifying qualitative, quantitative, philosophical and historical methodologies will be considered for this session. Submissions of “Graduate Research” and “Action Research” completed by music educators in his or her classroom/rehearsal hall are also encouraged.

Submissions:
Please upload an abstract (maximum of 300 words) that does not identify the author(s). The title of the MS Word or PDF file should be the actual title of the poster proposal (except without punctuation). Authors should explicitly state the purpose of the research, methodology including sample, questions or problems of the study, and how results (or anticipated results for in-progress work) relate to practice. Submissions not adhering to these guidelines will be automatically rejected. Upload the abstract here: https://form.jotform.com/61574807998980.

All submissions must be received according to instructions by midnight, October 1, 2020. Abstracts will be blind-reviewed and notification will be sent electronically by October 15th.

For more information, please visit the website or contact GMEA Research Chair, Dr. Martin Norgaard amnorgaard@gsu.edu.


'Riffs' Call for Contributions: Pop Music Fiction
Perhaps you have a comic strip that you wrote on issues of representation in the music industry, or a piece of short fiction that considers popular music heritage, work that has not yet found a home. Or maybe your experiences as a musician, a music fan or researcher have provided you with rich characters, begging to be explored through a dialogue or a short story. We invite you to flex your imagination as a tool for analysis and criticism, to find a fictional form for your insights and arguments, and to imagine potential popular music futures (utopian or dystopian) as a means to critique the present.

Inspired by the work of our Guest Editor, Dr Ash Watson and the Fiction Desk of The Sociological Review, the next issue of Riffs will bring together work that uses fiction to critically explore issues within popular music and to communicate this to a wide audience.

Dr Ash Watson is based at the Vitalities Lab, Centre for Social Research in Health and Social Policy Research Centre University of New South Wales, Sydney. She leads the public sociology project So Fi Zine, and is Fiction Editor of The Sociological Review. Her debut novel Into the Sea was published by Brill in 2020. 

Riffs publishes contributions from writers from academic and non-academic backgrounds. We encourage submissions which include written, visual, and musical elements, interrogate traditional and experimental forms of communication of ideas and arguments, and pieces that emerge through collaborations between writers, poets, musicians, composers and visual artists. For examples of pieces based on previous prompts, have a look through our current and past issues, available to download from the Riffs website.

Deadline for a title and 300-word synopsis of the proposed work – 4th October 2020. Please also include your name, a short bio and contact email. Up to ten contributions will be published online and in limited edition print in July 2021.

All abstracts submitted to Riffs will be considered by the whole editorial panel and full submissions (of 1,000-4,000 words / visual (to not exceed 8 A4 pages) / audio content / or an audio/video file suitable for hosting on WordPress) will be invited on or before the 9th of October. Full submissions must be submitted by 14th February and will be blind peer reviewed before publication. All visual and audio content must have a Creative Commons License, be owned by the contributor or permission given by the copyright owner.

Please send your synopsis and bio to: info@riffsjournal.org

For more information click HERE.
Music, Sound, and Trauma: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
(Reminder & Deadline Extension)
Location: Online
Date: February 12-14, 2021
 
Keynote Presenters: Maria Hamilton Abegunde (Indiana University-Bloomington), Laura Brown (Seattle, WA), Maria Cizmic (University of South Florida), Lucy Dhegrae (Bard College), the Pacifica Quartet (Indiana University-Bloomington)
 
Although trauma has always shaped human lives, discussions of trauma have especially come to the fore in our current moment. From the pandemic’s impacts—including global spikes in domestic violence and adverse impacts on mental health—to the tragedies of systemic racism and police brutality, trauma dominates contemporary conversations for wide swaths of people. Today’s focus on trauma follows a decade of burgeoning attention to the socio-cultural and psychological causes and effects of trauma in popular media and academic scholarship, including music studies. This conference—"Music, Sound, and Trauma: Interdisciplinary Perspectives”—seeks to bring together scholars working in and beyond music and sound studies to address the myriad ways that music and sound historically and contemporaneously not only have helped people process trauma, but also have been implicated in violence resulting in trauma. In addition, we are especially interested in hearing from scholars working with music and sound in pedagogical contexts with a focus on trauma-informed teaching and learning.
 
Supported by an IU Presidential Arts & Humanities Grant and taking place February 12-14, 2021, this online conference will feature invited talks, roundtable conversations, paper presentations, workshops, and seminars. This event is designed to engender conversations amongst researchers, students, and the general public not only about the role of music and sound in traumatic experience, but also about how attending to trauma as a physiological, psychological, and social phenomenon might produce individual, interpersonal, and social healing. In addition to roundtables, panels, and workshops given by leading researchers in music and trauma studies, musicologist Maria Cizmic (University of South Florida) will give a keynote lecture, with additional keynote performers and speakers to be announced at a later date. This conference is connected with a proposed *Oxford Handbook of Music, Sound, and Trauma Studies* and a special issue of the *Journal of Music History Pedagogy*—following the February 2021 meeting, conference organizers will invite contributors to participate in these projects.
 
The conference organizers are excited to request proposals for 20-minute paper presentations, 1-hour panels of 3-4 participants, 1-hour workshops, 1-hour lecture recitals, and 1-hour performances (these can be live or pre-recorded).
 
Although we are certainly interested in papers and presentations that address the traumas of the current moment, we also solicit papers, workshops, lecture recitals, and performances that address music and trauma in various social, cultural, and historical contexts. Topics might include but are not limited to:
 
  - Music, sound, and trauma in contexts of
     - war, revolution, and displacement
     - colonial violence
     - systemic racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and classism
     - incarceration
     - sexual violence (broadly defined)
     - disease, illness, and medical institutions
     - musical institutions
     - academic music disciplines
     - music education
     - music performance
     - Music, sound, and violence
  - Music, sound, and cultural trauma
  - Vocal and instrumental expressions of trauma
  - Trauma-informed pedagogy and teaching about trauma in music classrooms
  - Interdisciplinary approaches to music, sound, and trauma
  - Music, sound, and trauma in literature, media, and film
  - Methodologies for addressing/analyzing music, sound, and trauma
  - Therapeutic potentials of music and sound for traumatized communities and individuals
  - Bridging the gap vis-à-vis trauma studies between music studies and other disciplines (e.g. medical humanities, psychology, sociology, cultural history, anthropology, African-American and African diaspora studies, disability studies, gender and queer studies, etc.)
 
If you are interested in participating in this conference please send the following to the conference organizers at musicsoundtraumaconf2021 at gmail.com by September 15, 2020:
 
  - To propose a 20-minute paper:
     - 300-word (max.) abstract
     - 100-word (max.) bio
 
  - To propose a 1-hour panel of 3 or 4 (max.) speakers:
     - 300-word (max.) overview of the panel
     - 300-word (max.) abstracts for each speaker’s paper
     - 100-word (max.) bio for each speaker
 
  - To propose a 1-hour lecture recital:
     - 300-word (max.) abstract
     - 100-word (max.) bio of each performer involved
 
  - To propose a 1-hour workshop:
     - 300-word (max.) abstract
     - 100-word (max.) bio of each person involved
 
  - To propose a 1-hour performance:
  - 300-word (max.) abstract
  - 100-word (max.) bio of each performer involved
 
The conference organizers will notify all applicants of their decisions by November 1, 2020.
 
See the conference website (https://musicsoundtraumaconf2021.com/) for more information, and feel free to direct any questions you may have to musicsoundtraumaconf2021 at gmail.com.

Conference program committee: Erin Brooks (State University of New York-Potsdam), Jacqueline Fortier (Indiana University-Bloomington), Michelle Meinhart (Trinity Laban Conservatory), and Jillian Rogers (Indiana University-Bloomington).
Job Announcements
Interdisciplinary Fellowships
Yale Institute of Sacred Music
Each year, the Institute brings a group of Long-term and Short-term Fellows from around the world to join its community of scholars and artists. In our flagship program, Long-term Fellows are in residence at the Institute for one year to pursue interdisciplinary projects and teach at Yale. Short-term Fellows are in residence at Yale for a period of one to three months to pursue research in relevant Yale collections.

The application deadline for Long-term and Short-term Fellowships in Fall 2020 is October 15. For more information, please click here.
Dean, Faculty of Music
University of Toronto
The University of Toronto (U of T) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Faculty of Music.

This is an exciting time for the Faculty as it builds its global reputation, reaffirms its national leadership position, explores transformative investments in infrastructure and communications, and envisions a better world through music. For more information, visit: www.music.utoronto.ca.

Reporting to the Vice-President and Provost, the Dean will be a distinguished academic appointable at the rank of Full Professor, who will have a broad understanding of, and appreciation for, the range of scholarship found within the Faculty of Music. Among other responsibilities, the Dean will effectively manage resources, advance world-leading research, promote pedagogical and scholarly excellence, and nurture mutually beneficial relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The Dean will bring significant leadership experience that demonstrates their commitment to Indigeneity, diversity, and inclusion, and will have a proven track record of addressing systemic, structural, and historical disadvantage in research, pedagogy, and performance, as well as employment and admissions. They will provide visionary and innovative leadership, encouraging collegiality and collaboration and empowering faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to balance consultation with sound decision-making, be an excellent communicator and motivator, and be a person of unassailable integrity and character.

The new Dean, Faculty of Music will take office on July 1, 2021 or as mutually agreed. Consideration of candidates will commence in early September 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries and/or applications, in confidence, should be directed to Gerri Woodford or Krutika Hotwani at uoftmusic@odgersberndtson.com.
UMBC Fellows Program for Faculty Diversity in the Arts
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
The University of Maryland Baltimore County invites applications for the inaugural cohort of the UMBC Fellows Program for Faculty Diversity in the Arts. UMBC is dedicated to ensuring a diverse, inclusive, scholarly environment that encourages outstanding individuals to enter the academic profession. 

UMBC will appoint Fellows for a two-year term in-residence fellowship beginning July 1, 2021. Fellows receive a starting stipend of $50,000 per year, health benefits, and $5,500 for professional travel, preparation of creative or scholarly work, and technology needs. Fellows are also provided with office space and library and other privileges at the University. During the two-year fellowship, fellows are provided teaching and research mentors and specialized professional development opportunities. In addition to pursuing their research and/or creative practice fellows teach one course a year in the host department (Dance, Music, Theatre, or Visual Arts).

For more information visit here.
Music Educator Teaching Artist
Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School
The RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School (RIPO&MS) seeks a part time Music Educator/Teaching artist to deliver a general music curriculum through a community partnerships program at Sophia Academy.

The primary responsibility of the Music Educator is to provide thoughtful, meaningful instruction for 5th and 6th grade students at Sophia Academy in Providence, RI. Sophia Academy is an in independent school for girls in grades 5-8 and provides a gender-specific, social justice based, rigorous middle school education that focuses on the academic and social growth of their students. The students reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the City of Providence. 

The RIPO&MS seeks to enrich and transform Rhode Island and our region through great music performance and education. We prioritize artistry and education equally. Quality, access, diversity and collaboration are core values. Sophia Academy’s mission is to provide a springboard to empowerment and higher education for girls who live in economically disadvantaged communities. 

For more information, please send your cover letter, resume, and references to Amelia Prioli, Community Partnerships Manager, at aprioli@riphil.org

For more information on the role and candidate requirements please click here.
Workshop Leaders
Royal College of Music
The Royal College of Music's learning and participation programme, RCM Sparks, provides inspiring opportunities for families, schools and young people to engage with music education. This specialist programme is carefully designed to engage those from underrepresented groups.

We engage highly skilled workshop leaders to deliver our varied programme on a casual-worker basis and would like to extend our current pool of professionals to join our vibrant and thriving department.

We are looking for candidates with the following attributes:

  • You should be a highly respected and experienced leader
  • You should be committed to offering an accessible musical experience for all

Successful applicants will be invited to join the RCM Sparks Workshop Leader list and will be called to lead projects as and when the need arises. We expect to be able to offer a minimum of half a day’s work at any one time.

To apply, please send your Cover Letter and full CV along with an Equal Opportunities form (available to download from the RCM website) recruitment@rcm.ac.uk or by post to Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS.

For more information click here.
Band and Elementary Music Specialist (Two Positions)
Brigham Young University
Job Title: School of Music Education (Band) FT Professorial Faculty
Job Classification: Full-time CFS-track Professorial Faculty
Desired start date: 08-23-2021  
Posting close date:   10-15-2020
Required Degree: Doctorate
Required degree must be completed by the start date.

Experience:
1) Record of successful teaching of instrumental music in public/private school setting required; collegiate-level teaching desirable
2) Record of successful conducting of concert, marching, and/or jazz bands
3) Strong interest and skills in music teacher education and/or music education scholarship
4) Experience with teaching popular music and/or educational technology desirable

Duties/Expectations:  
1) Teach undergraduate music education courses
2) Supervise student teachers
3) Conduct BYU Symphonic Band
4) Serve as Associate Director of Bands
5) Pursue creative and/or scholarly endeavors which may include performance, presentation, and scholarly research/creative works in accordance with the School of Music Rank and Status Document
6) Take an active role in the Music Education Division including the recruitment/audition/review process of potential students and other responsibilities as assigned
7) Develop and maintain working relationships with area schools
8) Develop opportunities to serve in professional organizations and affiliations
9) Serve on school, college, and university committees as assigned
Information required at the time of application – Please list the individual contact information for each of your three recommenders on the faculty application. At some point during the selection process, they may be contacted to submit their letters of reference electronically.

Document(s) required at the time of application / Instructions to applicants 
1) Attach your updated Curriculum Vitae and cover letter to the faculty application. 
2) Attach a Diversity Statement (one-page document explaining experiences and commitments to diversity in regards to scholarly, teaching, mentoring, and service engagement) to the faculty application.
3) Upload transcripts with the application or have the required official transcript for the highest degree received sent to the search committee chair (Paul Broomhead, paul_broomhead@byu.edu).
4) Upload to the application a link to one video of a conducted performance.
5) Upload to the application one example of scholarly writing.
6) Upload to the application a link to a video of recent classroom teaching in the form of an ensemble rehearsal (minimum of 30 minutes in length).
7) Upload to the application a link to a video of recent classroom teaching in the form of a non-rehearsal setting such as a methods class (minimunm of 30 minutes in length).
8) If applicant is currently teaching at a college/university, submit the last three years of institutional teaching/student ratings either by upload with the application or directly to the search committee chair.
9) All materials must be received by the application deadline: October 15, 2020.

Equal Opportunity Employer: m/f/Vets/Disability 
BYU, an equal opportunity employer, requires all faculty to observe the university’s Honor Code and Dress & Grooming Standards. Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Job Title: School of Music Education (Elementary Music Specialist) FT Professorial Faculty
Job Classification: Full-time CFS-track Professorial Faculty
Desired start date:  08-23-2021
Posting close date:   10-15-2020
Required Degree: Doctorate with emphasis in music education; emphasis in early childhood and elementary general music preferred. Required degree must be completed by the start date.

Experience:  
1) Record of successful general, elementary, and early childhood teaching in public schools
2) College teaching experience preferred
3) Strong research skills and interests in music education
4) Experience with teaching popular music, integrating music, and/or educational technology preferred
5) Skills in multiple elementary/early childhood methodologies

Duties/Expectations:  
1) Teach undergraduate and graduate music education courses
2) Oversee adjunct professors who have responsibilities in early childhood and elementary general music, including the BYU Young Musicians Academy
3) Mentor and advise music education majors with elementary and general music emphasis
4) Supervise student teachers
5) Advise and supervise graduate and undergraduate research projects
6) Serve as School of Music liaison with BYU School of Education (Elementary Committee)
7) Pursue scholarly and creative endeavors which may include research and publication, presentation, scholarly research/creative works in accordance with the School of Music Rank and Status Document
8) Take and active role in the Music Education Division, including the recruitment/audition/review process of potential students and other responsibilities as assigned
9) Develop and maintain working relationships with area schools
10) Develop opportunities to serve in professional organizations and affiliations
11) Serve on school, college, and university committees as assigned
Information required at the time of application – Please list the individual contact information for each of your three recommenders on the faculty application. At some point during the selection process, they may be contacted to submit their letters of reference electronically.

Document(s) required at the time of application / Instructions to applicants 
1) Attach your updated Curriculum Vitae and cover letter to the faculty application. 
2) Attach a Diversity Statement (one-page document explaining experiences and commitments to diversity in regards to scholarly, teaching, mentoring, and service engagement) to the faculty application.
3) Upload transcripts with the application or have the required official transcript for the highest degree received sent to the search committee chair (Rob Dunn, robdunn@byu.edu).
4) Submit three examples of (or links to) scholarly/creative work.
5) Submit links to two videos of recent classroom teaching in different contexts (e.g., two different courses, age groups, online vs. in-person, etc.), each a minimum of 30 minutes in length.
6) If applicant is currently teaching at a college/university, submit the last three years of institutional teaching/student ratings either by upload with the application or directly to the search committee chair.
7) All materials must be received by the application deadline: October 15, 2020.

Equal Opportunity Employer: m/f/Vets/Disability 
BYU, an equal opportunity employer, requires all faculty to observe the university’s Honor Code and Dress & Grooming Standards. Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.