March 15, 2021
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education 20(1)
Now Online!
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education issue 20(1) is now available at

This issue of ACT features articles by William Coppola, Cara Bernard and Matthew Rotjan, Hayley Janes, and Andrea VanDeusen, who address topics ranging from the work of Paulo Freire alongside interrogations of social media and conference discourses, the concept of cultural humility, and Whiteness in preservice music education. Deborah Bradley, Co-editor, provides the editorial, which explores a hidden common thread within the articles.
Book Announcement
The Routledge Handbook to Sociology of Music Education
edited by Ruth Wright, Geir Johansen, Panagiotis A. Kanellopoulos, & Patrick Schmidt
The Routledge Handbook to Sociology of Music Education is a comprehensive, authoritative and state-of-the-art review of current research in the field. The opening introduction orients the reader to the field, highlights recent developments, and draws together concepts and research methods to be covered. The chapters that follow are written by respected, experienced experts on key issues in their area of specialisation. From separate beginnings in the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom in the mid-twentieth century, the field of the sociology of music education has and continues to experience rapid and global development. It could be argued that this Handbook marks its coming of age. The Handbook is dedicated to the exclusive and explicit application of sociological constructs and theories to issues such as globalisation, immigration, post-colonialism, inter-generational musicking, socialisation, inclusion, exclusion, hegemony, symbolic violence, and popular culture. Contexts range from formal compulsory schooling to non-formal communal environments to informal music making and listening. The Handbook is aimed at graduate students, researchers and professionals, but will also be a useful text for undergraduate students in music, education, and cultural studies.
International Society for Music Education (ISME)
Join us in Brisbane in July 2022
ISME announces that the call for papers for the 35th World Conference to be held in Brisbane in July 2022 is now open. The theme is A Visible Voice and ISME President Emily Akuno explains more here.

As you know, ISME's management team is in Australia, so we are particularly excited that the conference is coming Down Under again. This time we are going to the wonderful tropical city of Brisbane, Queensland. The 35th World Conference we will be in the modern Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, which is in South Bank, a beautiful green space on the banks of the Brisbane river. South Bank is the cultural heart of Brisbane, with the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University), QPAC (the Queensland Performing Arts Centre) and the ABC, our national broadcaster's Queensland headquarters, all situated there. There is also a host of restaurants, bars and cafes.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 35th ISME World Conference in Brisbane, Australia. For all the information about the world conference go to the dedicated website. You must be an ISME member to submit to present or attend. If your membership has lapsed go here and to join for the first time go here.

EAS all set for online event
Registration is still open for the first ISME regional conference for 2021 which is EAS, set for 24-27 March. Now it's moved online it can be accessed by anyone in the world. EAS is presented with the support of the Freiburg University of Music and the Freiburg University of Education. 

APSMER call for papers now open
The call for papers for the Asia Pacific ISME regional conference is now open. Set for 17-19 September in Tokyo the theme is exploring possibilities and alternatives in a changing future.

Connect with ISME on social media
ISME now has four social media channels where you can connect and engage with music education professionals from around the world.
Have you checked them out? 
  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. Instagram
  4. YouTube
Connect with us where it suits you best.

Diary Dates
Please take note of the following dates:

World Conference
35th ISME World Conference. Brisbane, Australia. 17-22 July 2022.
36th ISME World Conference. Helsinki, Finland. 28 July to 2 August 2024.

ISME regional conferences 2021
PASMAE/ISME Pan Africa Regional Conference. Online. 5-8 July 2021.
ISME Regional Conference for Asia/APSMER, Tokyo, Japan. 17-19 September 2021.
ISME South Asia Regional Conference. Colombo, Sri Lanka. November 2021.
Conferences & Calls
South Carolina Music Educators Association
Day of Research in Music Education
Virtual in Zoom (Columbia, South Carolina)
April 24th, 2021

As part of the 20-21 year-long professional development initiative, The South Carolina Music Educators Association will sponsor the Day of Research in Music Education on April 24th, 2021 from 1–5PM. The event will be held virtually in Zoom and will include a keynote presentation, 2–3 research presentations, and a 90-minute poster session.

We are accepting submissions of completed and in-progress studies conducted by undergraduate and graduate students, college and university faculty, and practicing teachers in public or private schools. Proposals will be read by two or more qualified external reviewers who will be blind to applicant identity. As such, the accepted proposals will have passed a refereed criterion. Reviewers' feedback to applicants will be provided.

To create more opportunities for graduate students to present research, at least two graduate students with the highest combined score from the external reviewers will have the opportunity to give a spoken presentation at the conference. Winners will be awarded a 20-minute time slot for their spoken presentation at the research session. Please know that we do not provide honoraria or expense reimbursement for those accepted to give research presentations.

To Submit:
Proposals should be in the form of a one-page abstract and should summarize in prose the following elements that are applicable to your study: (a) purpose/problem; (b) sample; (c) methodology; (d) results/ analysis; and (e) discussion/implications. A reference list is optional and can be submitted separately. Please know that ALL paradigms, methodologies, and approaches to research in our field are welcome and encouraged. Reports of research-in-progress are also welcome.

Proposals should be submitted online via this link (

The deadline for proposals is Monday, March 22nd, 2021. Proposals submitted after this time may be considered if openings exist, however, it may not be possible to advertise them in the conference program. Notification of acceptance will occur on or before April 5, 2021.

Meeting URL:

Amanda Schlegel (
Disruption to discovery: Music teacher educators’ stories of pandemic teaching and visionary futures
Edited by Dr. Judy Lewis & Dr. Andrea Maas
The past year has brought an upheaval to all areas of contemporary life. The Covid-19 pandemic forced us all to reconsider what it means to be a citizen within a community, a nation and a global society. Those of us in the field of education struggled to come to terms with the vast changes demanded by the continuing risks of the pandemic. One of the areas of education hardest hit has been the field of Arts education, and for the purposes of this book – music education. Music education has long been seen as the experience of ‘people making music together’ and music teacher education as the process of passing on the tools for facilitating such experiences to future teachers. What then happens when people cannot ‘make music together’? In the face of such questions, music teacher educators have struggled to find ways to create a ‘business as usual’ scenario in a ‘not-so-usual’ environment.
      In contrast, there are those who are embracing a mindset of openness and discovery in response to the uncertainty and ambiguity that the pandemic has thrust upon them. These music teacher educators are searching for how to use this moment of upheaval as a launching pad for re-envisioning music teacher education beyond the current crisis. They are asking deeply impactful questions about what this global pandemic is teaching us about the heart of music teacher education.
This book will explore the innovative ways that music teacher educators are using disruption as a springboard for re-envisioning what music education might look like on the other side of the Covid-19 crisis. The edited volume will comprise a collection of narrative inquiry chapters intended to give voice to music teacher educators who are embracing innovations afforded by teaching and learning in digital spaces and considering how those innovations might continue to find expression in their person-to-person teaching on the other side of the current pandemic.       
      We welcome chapters written by music teacher educators from across a broad range of pedagogical focuses, that offer a view of transformation, and that reflect larger questions of what we teach, how we teach and why we teach. We are specifically interested in stories that explore not only the outcomes, but the challenges, reflections, and lessons learned as each of the contributors dares to (to quote Maxine Green) “imagine things as if they could be otherwise”.
Target Audience
The target audience of this book includes music educators, preservice music educators, and music teacher educators seeking innovative and alternative perspectives. The immediate dismantling of 150 years of tradition and the disorientation that accompanied it, warrants attention by all music educators, particularly those responsible for shepherding emerging educators into the profession. The topics explored in this book can be useful, and of interest, to both American and international students and faculty of higher ed. The diverse perspectives offered by the contributors in this book will hopefully catalyze a global conversation allowing us to learn from one another’s experiences of adaptation, discovery and innovation.
Suggested topics for narrative chapters may include (but are not limited to):
Conceptualizations of community within digital spaces
Digital literacies of students
Reinvented pedagogies
New understandings of what, how, and why we teach
Discoveries in technology tools
Changing notions of teacher identity
Reimagining curricular content
Philosophies of change, disruption, transition 
Professional mental health and wellness 
Challenging traditions and assumptions
Navigating policy
Inclusion and access through technology
*We welcome proposals for co-authored chapters.
Submission Procedure:
Contributors are invited to submit on or before April 15th, 2021, a 1-2 page chapter proposal (word document) clearly outlining the focus and intent of the proposed chapter and how it fits into the general theme of the book. Authors will be notified by May 15th, 2021 about the status of their proposals and accepted authors will be sent chapter guidelines. First drafts of full chapters between 5000-7000 words (including references) are expected to be submitted by July 1st, 2021. After review by editors, final drafts must be submitted no later than September 15th. 

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington
Important Dates
April 15th, 2021 - Chapter proposals due
July 1st, 2021- Submission of first complete chapter draft to editors 
Sept 15th, 2021 - Final chapters due
Please submit chapter proposal to:
For questions, please contact the editors at:
Judy Lewis:
Andrea Maas:
Job Announcements
Assistant Director of Bands
University of South Carolina - Columbia
The Assistant Director of Bands is a Non-Tenure-Eligible, 11-month position, at the rank of Instructor, beginning July 1, 2021.

Desired Start Date: 07/01/2021
Job Open Date: 02/18/2021

Collaborate with the Director of Bands and Associate Director of Bands in a team environment with the administration, recruitment and continued development of a comprehensive University Band program. Serve as Associate Director of the Carolina Band (UofSC Marching Band); co-direct the basketball bands and coordinate the volleyball band; conduct the University Bands; teach conducting and music education methods courses; supervise student teachers; participate in faculty service activities and committee work; and contribute to the organization and operation of the UofSC Summer Band Clinics. Perform additional teaching responsibilities as determined by qualifications, preference, and institutional needs.

Required Education and Experience
An earned doctorate (or ABD) is preferred but candidates with a master`s degree and significant teaching and performance experience may be considered. Candidates should have a record of teaching and performance excellence in collegiate and secondary school band programs; significant experience and commitment to the design, creative, and instructional aspects of marching band, including drill writing and/or arranging; and a commitment to music education.

Preferred Qualifications
The School of Music is committed to five core values: 1) pursuing Excellence; 2) devotion to Student Success; 3) focusing on producing Music Leaders; 4) emphasizing the preparation of the Musician-Educator; 5) creating Diversely Skilled Musicians. The School encourages applications from candidates who have interests and abilities that align with these values.

Special Instructions to Applicant
Applicants must apply at Applicant will upload a letter of application, CV, and reference list including three individuals submitting letters of recommendation and three additional references to be contacted. Applicants will also upload a single document which includes video links to the following: 1) 20-30 minutes of conducting video which includes both rehearsal and performance and 2) two different marching band performances demonstrating the applicant’s arranging, drill writing, and/or instruction. The applicant should include an explanation of their contribution to the marching band performances (e.g., designed, arranged, wrote drill, instructed, etc.).
Executive Director
F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music, Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University invites applications for the position of Executive Director of the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music. The School of Music seeks a visionary and dynamic leader to build upon a foundation of excellence. The full-time, twelve-month position with a key development component will begin June 10, 2021. The Executive Director reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

The Executive Director will lead the outstanding Diehn School of Music faculty, comprised of 17 full-time faculty and 40 adjunct faculty. Several faculty serve as principal musicians with the Virginia Symphony and are established teacher-performers in Southeastern Virginia and beyond.

Position Description 
For description of duties, visit here.

Minimum Qualifications
  • The earned doctorate degree in music;
  • A record of peer-reviewed scholarship and/or creative activity commensurate with an appointment to the rank of Associate or Full Professor  
  • A minimum of three years of university music unit leadership level or arts organization experience 
  • Evidence of leadership, excellent communication skills, and consensus-building ability  
  • Demonstrated success in budget management oversight 
  • Demonstrated success in student recruitment initiatives
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising 
  • Evidence of successful university teaching experience 
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing the diversity of the faculty and graduate and undergraduate student populations

Preferred Qualifications
  • Four or more years of university music unit leadership or arts organization experience 
  • Demonstrated leadership in faculty and staff recruitment 
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and maintaining donor relationships 
  • Evidence of successful community outreach and collaboration initiatives with schools and arts organizations

To Apply
Application materials should be submitted electronically at Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest describing how the candidate meets the job qualifications, a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of leadership and administrative philosophy, three letters of recommendation that attest to the candidate’s leadership abilities (including contact information). The review of applications will begin on March 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.
Assistant or Associate Professor of Choral Music Education
Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville
Conduct University Chorale and Madraliers (concert choir)/Show Choir. Teach choral conducting, choral literature, vocal methods, and applied voice. Assist with the coordination of a bi-annual musical. Advise Vocal Music Education students and supervise secondary choral music student teachers.
  1. Teach coursework as described above
  2. Serve on committees as assigned
  3. Hold seven office hours/week
  4. Academic advising
  5. Actively recruit students for the music program
  6. Supervise secondary choral music education student teachers/practica
  7. Perform other duties as assigned by the department
REQUIREMENTS (for tenure track consideration):
Education: Terminal degree in Music Education is required
Experience: Successful public and/or private school teaching experience, experience conducting choral ensembles, and teaching courses related to vocal/choral music. To be considered for Associate Professor, the candidate must have earned tenure at a Baccalaureate degree granting institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting association or an international accrediting organization recognized by appropriate governmental authorities.
For more information about Northwest and its performance, visit
Review of applications will begin March 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. 
August 2021
Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking to reach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need to submit the application materials listed below in order for your application materials to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email for more information.
(1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) names, addresses,
and contact information (email and phone) for four professional references, (4) choral conducting rehearsal video (provided via link to YouTube, Dropbox, etc., please do not email files), (5) one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and (6) unofficial copies of transcripts (official copies required prior to hire).
Dr. Debbie Brown
Assistant Professor of Music
Hampton and Esther Boswell Distinguished University Professor of Music Education
DePauw University
The School of Music at DePauw University invites applications for the Hampton and Esther Boswell Distinguished University Professor of Music Education for the 2021-2022 academic year, with possibility of renewal for a second year, to begin in August 2021. We are seeking a mid-to-late career faculty colleague in instrumental music education with an outstanding record of sustained scholarship and teaching excellence to occupy the professorship.

Graduate degree(s) in music education and public school teaching experience in instrumental music required. Candidates should have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates using inclusive pedagogies in a liberal arts setting and should be prepared to teach the equivalent of a 3:2 course load/12:8 credit hours, introductory to upper-level courses such as Foundations of Music Education, Instrumental Methods and Materials, Senior Seminar for Music Educators, Music Education Lab, Woodwind and/or String Techniques, including a topics course in the candidate’s area of expertise, with a one-time 1-course/6-hour course release and funding to plan a series of workshops or symposium for in-service musice ducators in the region.

Applications should be submitted through Interfolio ( Review of applications begins immediately. For full consideration, please apply by  March 29, 2021.  

Complete applications must include: cover letter summarizing qualifications, teaching philosophy, and research interests; CV; evidence of teaching effectiveness; and, three confidential letters of reference. Application materials should provide evidence of a commitment to successfully fostering and engaging with a diversity of ideas and experiences to create an inclusive, anti-racist environment in the classroom and at the University. Please contact Caroline Jetton, Associate Dean of the School of Music, at with any questions.

For more information visit here.
Department Chair, Music 
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Applicants must hold an earned doctorate in music, as well as a demonstrated track record of teaching effectiveness at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.

Candidates must provide evidence of ongoing commitment to one or more lines of significant, innovative, and forward-looking scholarship as demonstrated through publications, national/international professional activities and creative activity appropriate to our programs.

Candidates must have a record of scholarly achievement to warrant a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor—although, a Full Professor is highly preferred.

The ideal candidate must have significant administrative experience at the college level and should have taken a program through NASM accreditation. 

Position Expectations:
The Department of Music at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is seeking an innovative, entrepreneurial, and dynamic leader for the position of Department Chair.

The Chair of the Department of Music is the senior academic and administrative manager of the department and is a member of the department’s faculty. Responsibilities include overseeing the Departmental budget, management of staff, ensuring facilities are properly maintained, and advocating for the needs of the Department of Music; this includes recruiting, mentoring and evaluation of faculty and staff. The initial Chair appointment is for a 3-year term with a reduced course load during this period. The expectation is that the successful candidate, assuming satisfactory performance, will serve for more than one 3-year term.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, and promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

While the area of specialization is open, applicants should carefully consider how their research and creative interests would integrate with our existing programs. A demonstrable history of successful fundraising, community engagement, and academic program development are preferred. 

Applications Must Include:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close once an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

Please include the following required documents with your application: 
  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Teaching Statement/Philosophy
  • Research Statement
  • Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals
  • Sample of Scholarly Work/Publication
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. Names and email addresses of three references will also be required during the application process. The referees will be notified and should upload recommendation letters. Only recommendation letters that are uploaded to the system by the referee will be accepted. Emailed or hard-copy letters will not be accepted.

URL to Complete Application:

Application Deadline:
Open until filled 

Applications Will Be Reviewed Starting:

Institutional Information:
UMass Lowell is a national research university located in an energetic urban center that is considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, and is a rich and diverse cultural, arts, and technology hub in the northeast sector of Massachusetts. Our historic downtown, established as the first urban National Historical Park forty years ago, is convenient to Boston and other points of interest in the region. In addition to the Summer Music Series of concerts for adults and kids, the Lowell Folk Festival is an annual celebration of traditional folk music, artisan crafts and ethnic foods, within the heart of Lowell National Historical Park. With one of the largest Cambodian populations in the US, our music program boasts one of the only collegiate traditional Cambodian Music Ensembles in the country, linking our campus and our students to the Greater Lowell community.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.