March 30, 2021
Disability Studies & Music Education Symposium
You are invited to take part in the 2nd Biennial Disability Studies and Music Education Symposium (DS&ME21) which takes place via Zoom from Thursday, April 15 at 4 pm (ET) to Saturday, April 17 at 5 pm (ET). DS&ME21 features keynote sessions by writer, activist, and music archivist Leroy Franklin Moore Jr., founder of Krip-Hop Nation, co-founder of the performance art collective Sins Invalid Invalid, and Chair of the Black Disability Studies Committee for the National Black Disability Coalition. In addition, an international group of presenters will share their work using disability studies frameworks to explore the intersectional nature of disability in, through, and around music making and music learning. A full schedule is available here:

DS&ME21 is free to attend with both ASL interpretation and live-captioning services provided for all sessions. Registration by April 14th is required to gain access to the Zoom links for each session. Register through Eventbrite at For more information, please email Jesse Rathgeber at
Book Announcement:
The Politics of Diversity in Music Education
edited by Alexis Anja Kallio, Heidi Westerlund, Sidsel Karlsen,
Kathryn Marsh, & Eva Sæther
This open access book examines the political structures and processes that frame and produce understandings of diversity in and through music education. Recent surges in nationalist, fundamentalist, protectionist and separatist tendencies highlight the imperative for music education to extend beyond nominal policy agendas or wholly celebratory diversity discourses. Bringing together high-level theorisation of the ways in which music education upholds or unsettles understandings of society and empirical analyses of the complex situations that arise when negotiating diversity in practice, the chapters in this volume explore the politics of inquiry in research; examine music teachers’ navigations of the shifting political landscapes of society and state; extend conceptualisations of diversity in music education beyond familiar boundaries; and critically consider the implications of diversity for music education leadership. Diversity is thus not approached as a label applied to certain individuals or musical repertoires, but as socially organized difference, produced and manifest in various ways as part of everyday relations and interactions. This compelling collection serves as an invitation to ongoing reflexive inquiry; to deliberate the politics of diversity in a fast-changing and pluralist world; and together work towards more informed and ethically sound understandings of how diversity in music education policy, practice, and research is framed and conditioned both locally and globally.

World Music Pedagogy Course Offerings
The World Music Pedagogy course weaves together experiences in music, cultural meaning, and culturally sensitive pedagogical strategies, and provides for active listening episodes leading to participatory, performative, and creative musical experiences—all tailored to fit learners of various ages and experiences. The course emphasizes the teaching of global-local music for intercultural understanding, and attends to culturally relevant pedagogy as it pertains to music education practices. Featured resources in the course are selections from the reserves of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the World Music Pedagogy series of books/recording links, all directed to the ways of knowing the world of music, in music, and through music. All are welcome, including music educators, all-subject educators, artist-musicians, applied ethnomusicologists, curricular designers, community organizers, and all who are seeking further insights on musical-cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion.

University of Washington
World Music Pedagogy: Teaching Music/Teaching Culture

Dates: June 28-July 1
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA (online webinar)
Course Director: Amanda Soto
West Virginia University
World Music Pedagogy: Celebrating Global and Local Music Culture
Dates: June 28-July 02
Location: Morgantown, West Virginia, USA (online webinar)
Course Director: Janet Robbins

University of St. Thomas
World Music Pedagogy (In-person )
Dates: TBD
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Course Director: Karen Howard
Registration Now Open
Mountain Lake Colloquium
Dear Friends,
Registration for the 2021 Mountain Lake Online Colloquium (May 24-26, 2021) is now live! Please visit the following link to register for the conference:
If possible, please register by May 1st. To learn more about this year’s format and featured presenter, please see out web site:
A full presenter schedule will be coming in the next few weeks. We look forward to scaling new virtual heights with you in May.
Ann and Brent
Conferences & Calls
Maryland Music Educators Association
2021 July Virtual Conference
Have you submitted a proposal to present at the “2021 July Virtual Conference” yet? Maryland MEA will be producing this event, co-hosted in partnership with 12 other state MEAs across the country, and we anticipate thousands of attendees!

The deadline to submit is next Wednesday, March 31 at 11:59 PM PT.

SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Awards for Writings on Canadian Music 
Canadian University Music Society (MusCan)
Canadian University Music Society (MusCan)
Call for Papers
SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Awards for Writings on Canadian Music 
Competition Deadline: May 1, 2021

The SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Awards for Writings on Canadian Music are two $2500 prizes intended to encourage students’ research and writing on Canadian music topics and music professors’ mentorship of students in these endeavors. One prize will be for the best English-language paper and one for the best French-language paper. Topics in Canadian music will be understood as potentially deriving from a wide range of genres, including, but not limited to, such areas as concert, folk, jazz, and popular music.

Eligibility: The competition is open to anyone who, at the time of submission of the paper, fulfils the following requirements:  (i) is registered in an undergraduate or graduate degree program (whether inside or outside Canada); (ii) is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant to Canada; (iii) if a graduate student, is a member of MusCan (student membership will be $50 for 2021; undergraduate students who plan to submit to the competition are encouraged but not required to become members of MusCan); (iv) does not yet hold a doctorate and does not hold a full-time teaching position. For more information on Canadian University Music Society membership benefits, consult

Papers on Canadian music topics that have previously won the MusCan George Proctor Prize are not eligible to enter the SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Awards for Writings on Canadian Music. Any person who, while a graduate student, previously won an Award for Writings on Canadian Music will be ineligible to compete for another Award for Writings on Canadian Music but, potentially remains eligible to compete for the George Proctor Prize.  A paper chosen for an Award for Writings on Canadian Music in a given year may also be eligible for the George Proctor Prize in the same year. Please consult the “Official Rules for the SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Awards for Writings on Canadian Music” at for further information.

A submission to the SOCAN Foundation / MusCan Awards for Writings on Canadian Music competition will be a written document that:
  • presents, in a formal paper of scholarly tone, an account of original research that was carried out by the student;
  • contains approximately 2500-3000 words;
  • contains complete scholarly apparatus, including footnotes and a bibliography;
  • excludes all mention of the author’s name and the author’s university/college affiliation (even from any cover page, first-page heading, or file name);
  • is in PDF form (not more than 1 MB in size), preferably with examples and figures (if any) inserted into the running text of the document;
  • is submitted via e-mail to the prize chair at The e-mail should include the author’s (i) full name, (ii) full postal address, (iii) name and level of degree program, (iv) institutional affiliation and (v) e-mail address.

Deadline for submissions:  May 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. 
Please note that attendance at the MusCan Conference is not required for this award; however, graduate students who have already applied to the conference are welcome to submit their papers to this competition as well.  

The jury to judge submissions will consist of four members of MusCan, chaired by a member of the MusCan Board. In 2021, Stephanie Lind (Queen’s University) will chair the jury. The other three members will be chosen so as to avoid conflict of interest and to represent as many different branches of music research as possible. The jury will consider the originality, methodology, theoretical framework, clarity of argument, structure, and writing style of the submissions.

Winners will be announced at the 2021 MusCan Annual General Meeting. The jury reserves the right to withhold an award if, in its judgment, there is no suitable submission.  

Winning papers will be posted to the MusCan web site,, in an electronic archive devoted to this purpose, and to the SOCAN Foundation web site. Acceptance of a paper for posting to the archive may require a winner to make small, recommended corrections to the paper by the necessary deadline, for posting as soon as possible, or no later than early autumn of the same year.
For more information, contact the chair of the prize committee, Stephanie Lind, at
Funding for the SOCAN Foundation / MusCan Awards for Writings on Canadian Music is generously provided by the SOCAN Foundation.  Administration of the competition for the Awards is carried out by the Canadian University Music Society.
2022 Michigan Music Conference
The Michigan Music Conference welcomes submissions for two types of clinics:

Educator/Independent: a clinician’s attendance and/or materials are not sponsored by a company

Industry-sponsored: a clinician’s registration, travel, and/or materials is paid for/sponsored by a partnering conference exhibitor. Content is still expected to be primarily pedagogical, and sponsorship does not guarantee selection.

Online submission deadline:
Friday, April 9, 2021

Notifications of decision will be communicated in the summer.
Job Announcements
Appointments in Music Education (2)
Pennsylvania State University School of Music
The Pennsylvania State University School of Music in the College of Arts and Architecture is searching for two full-time, fixed term appointments in Music Education to begin August 2021. We seek colleagues who are interested in working as part of the music education faculty team, with a student-centered approach to teaching and advising. One position will provide expertise in secondary general music, with an emphasis in popular/contemporary and/or world ensemble pedagogy. The other position will provide expertise in secondary band, with an emphasis in brass pedagogy. 

A minimum of three years teaching in area of expertise in K-12 schools is required. Between the two positions, successful candidates will also contribute by teaching the following courses: doctoral-level philosophy in music education, qualitative research methods, Master’s project supervision, technology for music educators, student teaching supervision, and/or other courses related to areas of expertise. Faculty will also contribute to undergraduate student advising, area administration, and other teaching and service duties as assigned. Priority will be given to candidates with expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and/or social justice in music education. Expertise in critical theory and/or critical race theory is desirable. Completed Ph.D. strongly preferred, ABD candidates will be considered. 

To apply, upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for at least three references. Screening of applications will begin on March 31, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should be prepared to submit when requested, additional materials documenting teaching effectiveness. Questions may be directed to Machelle Reese, Assistant to the Director,

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. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.
Visiting Assistant Professor in Music Education
University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Music
Position Summary:
The School of Music at UNC Greensboro welcomes applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in Music Education position beginning Fall 2021. We seek to diversify our music education faculty by inviting applications from committed teacher-scholars who are actively engaged in advancing equity and inclusion in their teaching. The position includes teaching undergraduate music education courses in brass or percussion instruments, marching band, and/or student teaching supervision. Additionally, graduate courses may be assigned based on the applicant’s areas of expertise.

This is a nine-month appointment payable over twelve months, and the appointment is for one year with the possibility of a one-year renewal.

Minimum Qualifications:
ABD in PhD in Music Education (or equivalent PhD) by August 1, 2021; experience teaching K-12 instrumental music and teaching music education courses at the college/university level; and commitment to implementing the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of one’s practice.

Preferred Qualifications:
PhD in Music Education (or equivalent PhD) by August 1, 2021; experience teaching graduate music education courses in areas of expertise. We seek colleagues with teaching experience who can enrich our course offerings and collaborate on a changing undergraduate curriculum. We expect successful candidates to articulate how systems of inequity have shaped both their discipline in particular and university environments in general, as well as their vision for equitable transformation of these institutions.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
We ask qualified applicants to submit within this application a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and list of references. In the cover letter, please describe how you implement principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in your teaching.
Applicants are required to upload a list of references of at least three (3) professional references that includes:
  • Name
  • Company Name
  • Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
  • Email Address
  • Contact Phone Number

We encourage applicants to contact the Chair of the Music Education Search Committee, Dr. Jennifer S. Walter, if they have questions or would like further information about the position, the Music Education area, or the School of Music:

Job Open Date:
For Best Consideration Date:

For more details click here.
Assistant Director of Bands
University of South Florida
The Assistant Director of Bands will assist with all administrative, teaching, and creative aspects of the USF Band Program. Specific duties include serving as the Assistant Director of the Herd of Thunder Marching Band, teaching courses as assigned in conducting and music education (approximately three courses each fall and spring semesters), being directly involved with the planning and execution of the band program’s festivals and camps, and serving as the Audition Coordinator for the USF School of Music.

Qualifications (Education & Experience):

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in music, minimum of four years band directing experience at the secondary school level (including marching and concert ensembles).

Preferred Qualifications:
Doctorate in music. Demonstrated involvement with contemporary trends in marching and concert bands, evidence of administrative and program development skills. The ideal candidate has a record of excellent teaching at the university level, demonstrated examples of collaboration with colleagues, documented evidence of artistic conducting, and the expertise to teach music education courses including wind and percussion techniques. Candidates with diverse backgrounds and musical interests including contemporary popular musics (for example, Afro-Diasporic and Ibero-American musics) are encouraged to apply.

Interested and qualified candidates must search for Job Opening ID#26774 and complete the University’s online application at

IMPORTANT! The following items must be uploaded in one attachment; 1) A cover letter that address minimum/preferred qualifications and duties, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a pdf sample of drill you have written, 4) links to 20 minutes of videos that include recent rehearsal and performance footage of you conducting. Additionally, please have 3 confidential written references sent to, using subject line “Assistant Director of Bands”.
Questions should be addressed to:
Dr. Matthew McCutchen
Director of Bands, USF School of Music

Posting Date:  03/19/21
Posting End Date:  04/02/21

Director of Choral Activities
University of Alabama
The University of Alabama seeks an accomplished and innovative choral artist with a proven national record of achievement as a choral conductor and teacher of choral conductors. A demonstrated commitment to the role of highly trained conductors and vocalists in the 21st century should be an active part of the candidate’s background and experience. Rank at time of hire will be commensurate with background and qualifications up to or at the rank of Associate Professor.

The successful candidate will provide artistic and administrative leadership for the full choral program; conduct School of Music choral ensembles in rehearsals and performances, bringing them to a position of national prominence; teach undergraduate and graduate choral conducting courses; teach, mentor, and advise graduate conducting students; and develop appropriate curricula. The Director of Choral Activities will actively recruit for the choral ensembles, the choral conducting degree programs, and assist in recruiting for the comprehensive voice area. Individually, the Director of Choral Activities will continue the development of a national and international reputation as a consummate choral conductor and pedagogue, consistent with the expectations of a comprehensive School of Music at a major research institution.

Additionally, the successful candidate will support the University of Alabama’s commitment to cultivating a community which is dedicated to the promotion and support of inclusivity, diversity, equity, and access through educational strategies and advocacy.

A minimum of a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting is required, while an earned DMA is preferred.

There will be a preliminary Zoom screening of selected applicants, after which top candidates will be informed whether the following interviews will proceed virtually or in-person, depending on how the present coronavirus pandemic has evolved by that time.

Search Initiation Date:
Expected Starting Date:

Application Instructions: For full consideration, completed applications must be received by March 26, 2021. Applications will be received until the position is filled.

For more details click here.