November 10, 2020
Introducing the #MDGPodcast
Introducing Action for Change in Music Education: A MayDay Group Podcast. 
Enjoy this introductory episode. Check back soon for our first official episode featuring a conversation with Deb Bradley. Listen at the link!
Conferences & Calls
The McGill Music Graduate Students’ Society (MGSS) is pleased to announce its 34th annual Symposium, which will be held March 12–14, 2021. The conference will be virtual. All abstracts must be received by Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST. Acceptance decisions will be communicated during the month of January.

Music, Mediation, and Disability: Representation and Access
Registration Open!

ONLINE SYMPOSIUM: November 21-22, 2020

This symposium aims to open up conversations about how research is being conducted during this time, foregrounding experiences and work of disabled scholars, artists, and artist-scholars. It highlights the interdisciplinary nature of music and disability studies, the performing arts, sound and performance studies, and the broader interconnections between this work and issues of representation, advocacy, and empowerment.

Music, Mediation, and Disability: Representation and Accessfeatures keynote presentations from author and spoken-word artist Joy Elan, and Xuan Thuy Nguyen, Assistant Professor in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University.

We are pleased to welcome presenters from across the globe, including Canada, Australia, Brazil, the UK, and the US, who are working as graduate students, instructors, practitioners, performers, and professors.

Co-organizers: James Deaville (Carleton University), Stefan Sunandan Honisch (University of British Columbia), Natalia Esling (University of British Columbia), Samantha Jones (Harvard University), and Ailsa Lipscombe (University of Chicago).

Follow us on Twitter at: @MMDsymposium
Nominations & Awards
CMEA/ACME Election Nominations Now Open
Dear Colleagues and Fellow CMEA/Acme Members,

Membership in your national association includes the opportunity to contribute to the leadership and growth of our organization. It is time, once again, to encourage members across the country to consider standing for nomination in the upcoming election. For more information about the vacant positions and Directorships, please read the information below. 
To make a nomination, a printable copy of our nomination form is available on our website: or by contacting Helen Coker, Past-President at

The upcoming vacancies on the board include:
  • Vice President * (Term: 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2023)
  • Secretary (Term: 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2023)
  • Director of Member Engagement (Term: 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2025)
  • Director of Communications (Term: 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2025)
  • Director of Higher Learning (Term: 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2025)

*Under CMEA Policy, candidates for Vice President must be from within the membership of the Full Board.
The timeline for the election process is as follows:
November 15, 2020         Nominations Open
December 15, 2020         Nominations Close
February 2021                 Candidate profiles published and circulated
April 1, 2021                    Voting Opens
April 30, 2021                  Voting Closes
May 2021                         Announcement of election results
July 1, 2021                     Successful candidates assume office
Job Announcements
Dean, Faculty of Music
Wilfrid Laurier University
Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university that excels at educating with purpose. Its holistic approach to learning integrates innovative programming with hands-on experience outside the classroom. Laurier has been ranked #1 in student satisfaction for the past four years thanks in no small part to its unique, community-centered culture. Through its community of researchers, leaders and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its academic excellence and global impact. In acknowledgement of its exemplary workplace policies and programs, and its commitment to sustainability and lifelong learning, Laurier was named one of the Waterloo Area’s Top Employers in 2019 and 2020. Laurier specializes in arts and social sciences, business and economics, music, science, social work, education and theology.

The University has 20,000 students, campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, locations in Kitchener and Toronto, and a research office in Yellowknife. Kitchener, Waterloo and Brantford are on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnawbe and​​ Haudenosaunee peoples. Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses and Kitchener location are located on the Haldimand Tract.

Laurier’s renowned Faculty of Music is dedicated to fostering artistic and scholarly development of the highest calibre and to providing a creative environment for student success. Laurier’s Faculty of Music is a national and international leader in higher music education and is a leader in the field of Community Music. The Faculty of Music offers innovative, sector-leading programs, which include Canada’s only Master of Arts and Bachelor of Music in Community Music and Ontario’s only Master and Bachelor of Music Therapy. The Faculty is recognized for its level of excellence in research and performance, its high standards in the teaching of musical skills, theory, and musicology, and its cutting edge course content that blends music from a variety of traditions and critically evaluates music's role in establishing diversity, equity, and inclusion. The high standards and commitment to quality contribute to the richness of the undergraduate experience in the Faculty. The Faculty’s alumni are successful in virtually every area of the performing world, where they appear in opera houses and concert halls, orchestras, choirs, bands, chamber music ensembles, and musical theatre. They are to be found as church organists and music directors, composers, conductors, educators, musicologists, music librarians, music therapists, and music theorists. Alumni who have careers in other fields such as law, medicine, or business continue performing or teaching music in their communities and attribute their professional success to their music education at Laurier.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President: Academic, and working closely with internal and external stakeholders, the Dean of Music is the senior academic and administrative officer of the Faculty of Music and is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership and ensuring the sustainability of the Faculty. The Dean is responsible for developing and executing a groundbreaking vision for the Faculty that will promote innovation and growth as the Faculty continues to assert itself as a cutting-edge industry leader in music education. The Dean is also responsible for administering the Faculty’s academic programs, administering components of the Faculty’s budget, assigning teaching duties, mentoring and evaluating colleagues, managing student issues, and serving on committees. The Dean will also play an integral role of supporting the advancement needs of the Faculty and will continue leading the Making Space for Music campaign.

The Dean provides supportive, consultative, inclusive, and collegial leadership to keep Laurier on the leading edge of innovative change and curriculum design, to respond to the needs of musicians working in tomorrow’s world. The Dean will be a visionary leader who can lead the Faculty into the future and address the changing needs of the field of Classical Music and technological developments and opportunities that impact the 21st century musician, performing artists and student learning. In alignment with the University’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusivity, the Dean will recruit outstanding faculty and staff from marginalized backgrounds and foster an environment which enables them to carry out scholarship, teaching and service of the highest quality. The Dean will also recruit international students and students who come from diverse ethnic, cultural, and gendered backgrounds. The Dean will explore new collaborations and opportunities for partnership locally, nationally, and internationally, that broaden the reach, appeal and diversity of the Faculty of Music. The Dean will create and maintain positive relations with professional and community-based organizations to ensure that exceptional opportunities exist for students and faculty and will work to increase funding support from private donors and provincial and federal sources, while demonstrating resourcefulness and creativity in identifying alternate funding sources and entrepreneurial opportunities.

As the ideal candidate, you can demonstrate excellence in your field and have an ability to command the respect of your peers for your music and scholarly excellence in your field. A graduate degree would be considered an asset. You also have a proven record of administrative leadership experience in a post-secondary or arts/music organization, including the administration of human and financial resources, budgets and facilities. You exemplify a proven commitment to principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. You have an exemplary presence within the arts community, nationally and internationally, and have experience relating to a range of external partners. As a leader, you have a demonstrated record of success in fundraising and advancement activities and an ability to cultivate positive relationships with donors. You are committed to student success at the undergraduate and graduate level and have an ability to foster excellence in teaching, research, and artistic activity.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Katherine Frank or Beth McLennan at or Completed applications can be submitted online at
General Music Education Specialist
Baldwin Wallace University
The Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University seeks applicants for a full-time term General Music Education specialist focused on teacher education in a robust and collaborative pre-service program.

The rank is Lecturer and begins on August 1, 2021.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in General Music Education in the PK-12 setting. Desirable experience should emphasize one of the following: Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze, or Gordon Music Learning Theory. Optional specializations could include: special needs in the music classroom, music technology, and applications of popular, multicultural, and commercial music in music education throughout the lifespan of the learner.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate music education and general music methods/technique courses; Supervise field work; Observe student teachers; Play an active role in the recruitment of music majors; Provide positive leadership for Conservatory colleagues and students, along with public school teaching professionals and alumni; Maintain an excellent reputation as a pedagogue; Perform other institutional service typically required of a full-time faculty member.

Other responsibilities could include directing an early childhood music program in the Community Arts School and other opportunities based on the candidate’s expertise or the Conservatory’s needs.

Required qualifications: Strong background in General Music Education; Interest in leading collaboration with the School of Education, the Community Arts School and Conservatory colleagues across all program areas; Demonstrated record of excellent PK-12 public/private school or university level teaching experience; Demonstrated commitment to developing the artistic and educational growth of undergraduate music students; potential for scholarship through conference presentations and artistic endeavors; Required Masters degree; Preference will be given to candidates with extensive public/private school teaching or to candidates with an earned doctoral degree (PhD, DMA, or EdD) by the start date.

Please submit: Cover letter; Curriculum Vita; One-page statement of individual teaching/leadership philosophy; Contact information for 3 or more professional references (including e-mail and phone numbers); Evidence of successful teaching, which should include two embedded active video links of 5-10 minutes of continuous, uninterrupted classroom teaching (each excerpt is ideally filmed from the perspective of the students and should teach a different concept) via YouTube, Vimeo or other online platform.

An optional summary of creative work or research (articles, poster sessions, notable performances, etc.) may also be submitted.

All of these documents must be merged into a single PDF file and posted using the To Apply link on BW’s Employment and Careers’ web page at

For full consideration, applicants should submit materials no later than January 4, 2021.
Assistant Professor of Music/Director of Bands
Grand Rapids Community College
Date: November 3, 2020
Title: Assistant Professor of Music – Director of Bands, Tenure Track
Position Number: 1088
Schedule: 32 weeks (Fall & Winter Semesters)
Compensation: $59,941 (Master’s Degree), $65,241 (Ph.D. or DMA)
Start Date: Fall 2021
Reports to: Associate Dean, School of Arts and Science

Closing date: December 7, 2020

The College is interested in faculty who: (1) possess an interest in working with diverse student populations who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin, and ability; (2) engage in and develop innovative teaching methods; (3) demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement, individually and for the College. GRCC has an excellent benefits program and the Faculty Association contract provides opportunities to earn additional compensation.

Essential Functions
• Conduct the wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, brass chamber ensembles, and teach classes within the discipline of Music.
• Teach applied instrumental music in a specific area of specialization.
• Teach Instrumental Conducting.
• Develop and teach courses both online and in-person.
• Support the development and implementation of teaching techniques that employ technology, flexible learning strategies, group interaction, and innovative teaching practices.
• Extensively recruit students from the area secondary school districts and GRCC campus community to participate in instrumental music at GRCC while continuing to develop the instrumental music program.
• Assist the Department Head in the evaluation and revision of existing courses and the creation of new courses.
• Advise students on academic programs and careers related to music.
• Engage in professional development and continuous improvement related to college teaching, instrumental conducting, and the field of music.
• Participate fully as a member of the Music Department in activities such as department meetings, committee membership, textbook selection, and other duties as expected of a tenure-track faculty member and/or as determined by the College.
• Contribute to the development of students, the department, and the community through the involvement in, NAfME, CBDNA, WASBE, Music Department Recitals, and other projects as identified by the department and/or department head.
• Adhere to the standards and requirements expressed in the Faculty Contract.

To apply for this position, and for job specification, please visit our website at Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position. Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and three professional reference letters for full consideration. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on December 7, 2020. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.
Director of Bands
Mars Hill University
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2021

Specific Responsibilities:

1. Conduct and rehearse the Mars Hill University Wind Symphony
2. Coordinate the band program in conjunction with other instrumental faculty
3. Active recruiting in conjunction with other instrumental faculty
4. Teach conducting
5. Supervise instrumental student teachers
6. Teach additional courses in the area of the candidate’s interest and expertise


1. Completed Doctorate, or ABD in Music, Masters minimum
2. Successful teaching experience at the college/university level (preferred)
3. Successful teaching experience in secondary public school instrumental music programs (preferred)


1. Review of complete applications will begin November 15, 2020. The position will remain open until filled.

2. To apply, please submit
a. Cover letter naming the position
b. Curriculum vitae
c. Names and contact information for at least three individuals who might knowledgeably endorse your application.

3. Recordings and other supporting materials may be requested by the search committee after initial screening of candidates. Please do not send these materials with your initial application. Candidates can expect requests for these materials in December 2020.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: For more information concerning benefits offered to MHU employees, see the MHU Benefits Summary on the MHU website.

Review of applicants will begin immediately. Position is open until filled.

To apply, submit a letter naming the position, your resume and any other materials requested. Visit University HR space for more details.
Assistant Professor of Music (Choral Music Education)
Oakland University
The Department of Music in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Oakland University invites applicants for an Assistant Professor of Music Choral Music Education position beginning August 15, 2021.

This is a tenure track position.

Responsibilities: Recruiting and mentoring choral music education students and teaching to include undergraduate and graduate music education courses including Choral Methods and Student Teaching Internship. Other music education teaching opportunities according to interest or specialty.

We are looking for candidates with a Doctorate in Music Education or Conducting (ABD considered) who have an understanding of and commitment to constructivist or other progressive visions of music education with an expertise in qualitative research, demonstrated success teaching in K-12 education with experience directing choral ensembles at a high level of achievement, demonstrated success mentoring teachers and/or student teachers, and an understanding of working within a collaborative environment and a demonstrated commitment to or experience with diversity and inclusion. College level teaching experience preferred.

The successful candidate will show potential for meeting the standards of moving toward tenure as defined by the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in scholarship and/or performance. Candidates must demonstrate experience with or a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Minimum qualifications: Doctorate in Music Education or Conducting (ABD considered). 3 years K-12 teaching experience. Candidates can apply to this link 

Questions regarding this position may be directed to Michael Mitchell, Search Committee Chair, via email ( Minimum qualifications: Doctorate in Music Education or Conducting (ABD considered). 3 years K-12 teaching experience.
Assistant Professor of Music Education
Texas Tech University
Appointment: Full-time, tenure-track appointment, beginning Fall 2021

Application Deadline: Review of applicants will begin on November 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience


The qualified candidate is required to have an earned doctorate and should have demonstrated successful K-12 public school teaching experience as an instrumental music educator (band) with expertise related to beginner and middle school instruction and pedagogy. Additionally, this individual should possess a substantial knowledge of current trends in public education, including those related to issues of instrumental pedagogy and social justice. The qualified candidate should demonstrate evidence of scholarly contributions to the field of music education through publications and/or presentations and demonstrate a record of community engagement and service to the profession. Candidates who have very strong records of scholarship supported by extramural funding and who have the proven capacity or clear potential to bring externally sponsored research to Texas Tech University are encouraged to apply. Preferred qualifications include successful teaching of related undergraduate and graduate courses at the university level, experience supervising student teachers, and a commitment to and experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students.


The qualified candidate will teach appropriate courses in the music education sequence, which may include band instrumental methods courses, upper-level field-based practicum courses, student teacher supervision, additional courses (e.g., jazz, world music) as they apply to current pedagogy in the public schools, and graduate courses. Develop and maintain creative/scholarly and service contributions to the profession. Service duties will include recruitment, outreach and engagement with the music education community, and commitment to extracurricular activities. Service to the college, department, and university is also expected. The candidate will serve as part of a collaborative music education faculty that includes specialists in the areas of band, choir, orchestra, early childhood, elementary, research, technology, diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.


Refer to TTU Faculty job postings, requisition number 22039BR (a two-step procedure).

Please provide the following with your application:

1. Letter of Application
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Diversity Statement as it pertains to issues in music education
4. Example of published scholarship
5. List of three to five references with contact information

Review of applicants will begin November 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.


Dr. Jacqueline Henninger, Chair of Music Education Search Committee

For more details visit job description.

If you experience difficulties with the online application, contact TTU at 806-742-3851 ext. 238
Lecturer of Instrumental Music Education/Director of Athletic Bands
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Required Qualifications: Earned graduate degree in music (doctorate preferred). Evidence of successful college or professional teaching experience. Ability to teach instrumental music education courses and direct marching band and pep band. Active music teaching licensure. Ability to recruit and retain students. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Excellent organizational skills.

Desired Qualifications: Experience working with public school music programs; demonstrated abilities as a performer, studio teacher, and adjudicator/clinician; experience as a student advisor. The proven ability to work effectively with students and colleagues from a variety of backgrounds and cultures is highly valued.

Primary Purpose of Position: This position teaches and advises students in the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree program and also directs the athletic bands (University Marching Band and University Pep Band).

Job Description: The Department of Music of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) seeks applications for a full-time non-tenure-track position as Lecturer in Music with a specialization in Instrumental Music Education and to serve as Director of Athletic Bands.

Responsibilities: Teach Music Education courses to undergraduate students, particularly Instrumental Music Education majors; serve as Director of Athletic Bands (University Marching Band and University Pep Band); maintain an active and collaborative profile within the department and university; develop and maintain a local and regional profile within the profession; develop and maintain contacts with regional teachers, school systems, and professional organizations; keep up to date with stylistic and pedagogical developments in the field; be actively involved in department recruitment activities; participate in appropriate departmental and university-wide activities; additional duties dependent on qualifications of the applicant and departmental needs.

Learn more at
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor/Director of Choral Studies
Northern Arizona University
Special Information
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor rank, based on qualifications; full-time, tenure-eligible; ten-month appointment. Salary competitive and commensurate with academic experience, accomplishments, and criteria of the NAU School of Music. Attractive benefits package. Duties begin August 9, 2021.

Job Description
The NAU School of Music seeks an exceptional choral music educator/conductor to serve as a tenure-eligible Assistant/Associate/Full Professor with an additional appointment as Director of Choral Studies. A successful candidate will exhibit excellent conducting skills, musicianship, a thorough knowledge of choral literature, organizational and financial management skills, and demonstrated success working in collaborative environments.

The assignment includes 1) teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting; instructing a three-semester graduate choral literature sequence; conducting and artistically leading the NAU Shrine of the Ages Choir; overseeing diverse concert programming, regional and international touring, and recordings in the Choral Studies area; supervising graduate choral conducting lecture recitals; and coordinating annual Holiday Dinner productions; 2) engaging in scholarly and/or creative activities; and 3) providing administrative oversight of the Choral Studies area and other service to the institution, including undergraduate and graduate student recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum qualifications for Assistant Professor:
  • Doctoral degree in choral conducting or choral music education;
  • Three years of successful teaching at the university/college level.
Minimum qualifications for Associate Professor:
  • Doctoral degree in choral conducting or choral music education;
  • Six years of successful teaching at the university/college level.
Minimum qualifications for Full Professor:
  • Doctoral degree in choral conducting or choral music education;
  • Twelve years of successful teaching at the university level.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated success in teaching graduate and undergraduate students at the university/collegiate level.
  • Experience as a guest conductor at all-state festivals and state, regional and national choral conference honor choirs.
  • An established record of success in recruiting at the collegiate level.
  • Proven administrative leadership ability, especially in financial management, organizational skills, and collaboration.
  • Evidence of potential for ongoing excellence in scholarly/creative contributions to the choral profession.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and/or success in working with diverse populations on campus and in the community.

Submission Deadline
This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 23, 2020.

For more details visit here.