October 5, 2020
Decolonising and Indigenising Music Education SIG
Now Launched
As previously announced, a new SIG addressing decolonising and indigenising music education is now launched. The co-ordinators are Clare Hall, Te Oti Rakena, David Johnson and Anita Prest. You can find more information here.

World Conferences
35th World Conference. Brisbane, Australia. 17-22 July 2022.

ISME affiliated conferences:
WAAE World Summit. To be advised.

ISME regional conferences 2021:
8th ISME European Conference/EAS Conference 2021. Freiburg, Germany, 24-27. March 2021

PASMAE/ISME Pan Africa Regional Conference. Livingstone, Zambia. 5-8 July 2021.

ISME Regional Conference for Asia/APSMER, Tokyo, Japan. 17-19 September 2021.

American Educational Research Association SRIG
Call for Nominations
Hi all,

If you are interested in becoming a part of the leadership team for the Music Education Special Interest Group, now is the time to let me know! The SIG will hold elections this year for two positions:

  • Program Chair (2-year term, advancing to SIG Chair at the completion of the term)
  • Secretary/Treasurer (2-year term)

The Program Chair position involves a non-zero amount of work, but is also fun (I promise). The Program Chair serves as the coordinator for the SIG’s peer review process for the annual meeting, assigning papers to reviewers and ultimately designing a cohesive set of sessions for the Music Education SIG portions of the AERA Annual Meeting. The Program Chair makes the final acceptance/rejection decisions for all submissions, groups papers together in sessions, thoughtfully connects Discussants and Session Chairs to the grouped papers, and perhaps most importantly, gets to invent the session titles. The Program Chair also invites our out-of-music guest speaker for the SIG Business Meeting at the AERA conference. Each Program Chair serves in this role for two AERA conferences, and then becomes the SIG ChairSIG Chair is a largely ceremonial general leadership role with fewer specific duties than the Program Chair; the SIG Chair does, however, serve as the point person for communication with the membership and reporting between the SIG and the AERA central office.

The Secretary/Treasurer liaises with the AERA office to manage the finances of the SIG. The main expenditures to track/approve are the award honoraria for SIG award recipients and the catering costs for the Business Meeting. Secretary/Treasurer

Together, the team of 3 leaders (Program Chair, Secretary/Treasuer, and SIG Chair) work to ensure a robust representation of music education scholarship at the AERA Annual Meeting and continued health in terms of SIG membership. I have been particularly fortunate to have an excellent team (Ryan Shaw as Program Chair and Andrea VanDeusen as Secretary/Treasurer) during my biennium as SIG Chair and have enjoyed getting to know the work of my colleagues in the field through their presentations at the conference. The new Program Chair and Secretary/Treasurer will work with Ryan Shaw as he advances from Program Chair to SIG Chair for the next biennium.

AERA policy requires that all elections be competitive (meaning no candidate may run unopposed) and that SIG officers be regular members of AERA (not graduate students), so we need four volunteers (two per position). If you are interested, please let me know ASAP and I will work with you to get the required bio and candidate materials to AERA. To ensure your name gets on the ballot, please volunteer by October 4.

As I approach the end of my four years on the SIG Leadership Team, I can truly attest that it has been one of my more rewarding service commitments, and I look forward to seeing the SIG continue to grow and thrive with a new leadership team in place. Let me know if you have any questions. For more information, click here.


Kenneth Elpus, Ph.D.
Conferences & Calls
Narrative Inquiry in Music Education (NIME7) Conference
October 15th-16th
We are thrilled to announce that the 7th International Conference on Narrative Inquiry in Music Education (NIME7), co-hosted by Brock University and University of Toronto, is occurring virtually in an online format on two mornings: Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16, 2020, Eastern Standard Time. While the conference has had to be modified due to the global pandemic, accessibility issues, and the increasing threat of the climate crisis, we are pleased to share that we have an engaging program with the timely theme: Trauma, Resilience, and Re(Engagement) in Music Education.
There will not be a registration fee due to the conference being housed virtually on Microsoft Teams. However, it will be necessary for conference presenters and anyone interested to sign-up via a Microsoft Form. Please find the conference program and its accompanying abstracts on the conference webpage, The sign-up will be open from Thursday, October 1 until Friday, October 9, 2020. This conference is designed to accommodate the larger public which extends beyond our academic communities.

We look forward to your participation while we continue the global work in the field of Narrative Inquiry in Music Education as stories, narratives, and experiences are shared, related to the timely conference theme.

For technical inquiries, please contact Anneke McCabe, Conference Planning Research Assistant at Please do not hesitate to contact the organizers directly at

Thank you,
World Music Pedagogy Webinar PD Series ​
Encounters with Ethnomusicologists: Teaching Music/Teaching Culture
October 17th
Please be informed of an upcoming webinar devoted to pedagogical considerations by ethnomusicologists with educators. Scheduled for Saturday, October 17, “Encounters with Ethnomusicologists: Teaching Music/Teaching Culture” features presentations by Alisha Lola Jones, Frederick Lau, John-Carlos Perea, and Brenda M. Romero along with Amanda C. Soto and Patricia Shehan Campbell. Attention will be given to exploring music’s potential for meeting goals of intercultural understanding and global competence, along with methods and materials for teaching music of China, Mexico, American Indian (powwow) and African American cultures. Appropriate for vocal and instrumental K-12 teachers and college/university professors charged with teaching world music courses. See for further information and registration. 
International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education (ISPME) Cancelled
It is with heavy hearts that the International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education announces the postponement of the symposium originally planned for Norway in June 2021. The Executive Committee was optimistic this past spring and summer that travel restrictions would ease come fall, but that has not been the case. Given current world conditions, it is prudent not to plan events for spring/summer 2021. 

Holding an online symposium was discussed at length by the ISPME Executive Committee. The EC has decided, however, that scholarly philosophical endeavors do not lend themselves well to all-day, online presentations. The EC is aware of the need to maintain the momentum of philosophical thought in music education, for both emerging and established scholars. No firm plans are in place at the present time, but the expectation, pending the outcome of world events beyond our control, is to plan and organize for something in 2022 and/or 2023. Mindful of the impact that cancelling a biennial symposium has on emerging scholars, ISPME is committing to run an online International Seminar for Graduate Students (see below). 

ISPME will continue to work proactively with other scholarly music education organizations in planning future events in order to reduce financial burden, reduce environmental impact, and encourage cross-pollination of thought between related but distinct disciplinary interests. 

ISPME International Seminar for Graduate Students, June 14-16, 2021 (Online)
Continuing a decades-long tradition, the ISPME network has the great pleasure of inviting graduate students working with philosophical scholarship on music education to participate in an International Seminar commencing June 14-16. Participants will have the opportunity to present their projects (virtually) and discuss philosophical and/or methodological issues with each other and with a group of select international scholars. Works in progress are welcomed; in fact, we encourage students to feel comfortable seeking discussion around ideas that might be in the development stage.   

To participate in the International Seminar, please send no more than two pages with a short abstract of your project and one or two questions or ideas you would like to discuss. Please note that at the time of the seminar a completed paper will not be necessary. Send your contribution, no later than January 1, 2021, to Cathy Benedict at

With sadness,

Roger Mantie
Chair, ISPME
Mountain Lake Colloquium
Deadline Extended
Hello Everyone,

We hope you are all doing well. We have heard from quite a few of you who requested a bit more time to get submissions in for the 2021 Colloquium. As a result, we are extending the deadline to OCTOBER 15th. If you were not able to submit something but would like to, please visit our web link:

We hope you are all well and look forward to May!

Ann and Brent
International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education (ISSME)
Virtual Conference
Dear all,
Yes, there will be an ISSME conference in 2021! 
The International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education is an important biennial meet-up that draws together researchers from across the world, and the coronavirus pandemic does not lessen the need of our academic community to come together to exchange experiences and discuss significant issues. However, the current situation means that we have to conduct next year's event as an online conference. One can of course object that, compared to the 'real thing', a digital conference might lose out in several regards. However, taking the symposium online also has huge advantages; an obvious one being accessibility. Not everyone has funding that enables them to attend a conference in Norway. Lower arrangement costs also allows us to lower the conference fee. Online participation is easier for participants with family and/or work-obligations, or where there are geographical, geopolitical, or bureaucratic barriers to overcome. The virtual format might also contribute to 'level the playing field', so to speak – enabling new forms of interaction that potentially destabilize the hierarchical structures of conference participation. Taking the symposium online entails that we rethink the conference format, making good use of available and accessible digital solutions for presenting, discussing, experiencing, socializing, commenting, exploring, and sharing. At the same time, of course, we must take into account the specific challenges of an online event. In that regard, information, variation, and easy access seem to be key factors to holding a digital conference successfully. In addition, main challenges include tackling different time zones, participants' unstable internet connections, and offering attractive arenas for socializing and hanging out.
But as for the future, we might easily be thinking in terms of past paths, don't we? When 'normality' returns, it might not be 'normality' as we knew it. Maybe we should anyway get used to limiting travel activities for more reasons than pandemics – such as climate considerations and solidarity with participants from all over the world? Anyhow, restrictions on traveling and social interaction in groups may be forcing us to change how we think also about future networking within academic communities. Time will tell.
In any case, we must ask you to have a little patience with us when it comes to adapting the upcoming Call for Papers to the most suitable and attractive digital platforms and formats for this extraordinary occasion. So stay tuned!
On behalf of the DYNAMUS research group at the Inland Norway University,
Petter Dyndahl,
Live Weider Ellefsen,
Anne Jordhus-Lier, and
Ingeborg Lunde Vestad
Job Announcements
Dean of the Don Wright Faculty of Music
Western University
Location: Ontario 
Date posted: 2020-09-16 
Advertised until: 2020-10-17 

Western University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Don Wright Faculty of Music.

Western University is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Attawandaron peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) whom we recognize as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors of our society.

The Don Wright Faculty of Music is a unique community of nationally and internationally renowned scholars and musicians who inspire excellence, nurture curiosity and educate adaptable musicians who are poised to realize their full potential and contribute to the betterment of society. The Faculty, with a full-time student body of 457 undergraduate and 150 graduate students, offers a broad range of programs (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, diploma and certificate), challenging learning experiences, a collegial atmosphere, and facilities that include one of North America's top music library collections. The Faculty has exceptional space, including a recent $25 million dollar expansion and renovation of the Music building. The Faculty supports a wide range of studies in music education, music performance, and music research and composition and is very active in research and graduate teaching.

Reporting to the Provost & Vice-President (Academic), and working in collaboration with the Associate Deans, Assistant Dean, and the Chairs of Departments, the Dean provides leadership to the Faculty, including long-term strategic planning, commitment to student success, research, academic development, advancement, and the management of financial, administrative and human resources. The Dean plays a major role in celebrating the achievements of students, faculty, staff and alumni while collaborating with the national and international music community and external stakeholders.

The next Dean will be an inspiring leader who listens and provides mentorship to members of the Faculty and builds strong collaboration across the university community. As the ideal candidate, you are an established and successful scholar, educator, and a visionary leader ready to lead the faculty in positive change. Your career has exemplified interdisciplinary collaboration, scholarly and/or performance excellence, and a deep respect for and broad understanding of all forms of music performance and scholarship. You are an experienced or emerging academic administrator who displays confidence, objectivity, and enthusiasm in leading faculty, staff and students and you appreciate the challenges of an environment that encompasses education, research, and performance training.

Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth.

Western is a founding member of Canada’s U15, serves as a hub for more than 500 international research collaborations, and is recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. There are approximately 40,000 students, including more than 451 Indigenous undergraduate and 138 graduate students, 5,800 international undergraduate and graduate students from 128 countries, within Western’s 12 Faculties and Schools and three affiliated University Colleges. Approximately 4,000 faculty and staff work in partnership to deliver 400+ specializations, majors and minors, as well as innovative modular degree programs.

Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups / visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, persons with any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process by contacting Jessa Chupik at

Consideration of candidates, by the search committee, will begin in late October 2020. To ensure candidates have enough time to carefully consider the role, please contact a member of Boyden’s team as noted below, as soon as possible. Given the COVID-19 crisis, every effort to accommodate candidates will be made in a way that is equitable and respectful of their additional professional, community and personal responsibilities during this difficult time.

For further information and the full executive briefing document, please contact Nick Chambers and Jessa Chupik at

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority.
Faculty Member in Music Education
Augusta University
The Department of Music at Augusta University seeks a tenure-track faculty member in Music Education. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate music education courses as needed, including Foundations of Music Education and Elementary and Middle School Methods as well as coursework in area of interest and specialty; recruiting and retaining high caliber music education students; maintaining a professional profile on a trajectory for national distinction as a teacher/performer/conductor; and contributing to the enhancement of all facets of the instrumental area. Preference will be given to candidates with orchestral conducting/string music education experience and experience in program building.

Interested candidates must apply online here. Please upload a cover letter describing your teaching, scholarship, and other relevant experience; a curriculum vitae; graduate school transcripts; and the names and contact information of three professional references as one PDF document.

Questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Martin David Jones, in the Department of Music at

For more information, click here.
Postdoctoral Programme
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is actively seeking applicants for the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity (CPPFD). 

As part of a continuing commitment to building a culturally diverse intellectual community and advancing scholars from underrepresented groups in higher education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity (CPPFD) is pleased to offer postdoctoral research appointments for a period of two years. The purpose of CPPFD is to develop scholars from underrepresented groups for possible tenure track appointments at the University of North Carolina and other research universities. Postdoctoral scholars will be engaged full-time in research and may teach only one course per fiscal year. Its stipend is $50,000, with $2,000 for research per year (including travel). This program is funded by the State of North Carolina. Applications for study in any discipline represented on the campus are welcome. Please specify your discipline of interest when applying.

The online application is due November 15, 2020. It includes a cover letter addressed to Vice Chancellor for Research, curriculum vitae, a statement of research plans (1-3 pages), a contribution to diversity statement on why you should be selected for this program (1–3 pages), writing samples (e.g., publications and/or dissertation chapters), and two references for letters of recommendation.

Further information is available online: