November 24, 2020
2nd Biennial Disability Studies and Music Education Symposium
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2nd biennial Disability Studies and Music Education Symposium

Thursday April, 15 - Saturday April 17, 2021 (online)

Theme: Intersectionality of Disabled Persons/Persons with Disabilities’ Experience in, through, and around Music

Call for proposals to come soon!
Conferences & Calls
International Association for Popular Music (IASPM)
Online Research Seminar Series
Dear Friends,

IASPM is launching a new monthly Online Research Seminar Series in December. Many thanks to IASPM Canada and IASPM Journal staff, Dr Mary Fogarty and Dr Melissa Avdeeff for organising the first one. This will feature former IASPM UK & Ireland Chair Dr Matt Brennan. The series of invited guest lectures will run each month hopefully, and will for the first year at least feature a different branch organising the event each month. Please circulate details of the event and the series.

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) is launching a monthly Online Research Seminar Series. This will feature a curated selection of research presentations and discussions, which will be hosted by different IASPM Branches each month. The first talk features Dr. Matt Brennan, and is presented by the IASPM-Canada branch.
Matt Brennan (Reader in Popular Music at the University of Glasgow, UK) will be discussing his new book, Kick It: A Social History of the Drum Kit (2020), exploring the role of the drum kit in the development of popular music, alongside broader socio-cultural histories in the United States. The event is free, and is on Wednesday 9th December 2020 at 12-1pm EST, that’s 5-6pm GMT.

Register for free on Eventbrite. Book your spot here.
Future events will be hosted by:
January 2021 IASPM ANZ
February 2021 IASPM SEA
March 2021 IASPM Norden
April 2021 IASPM AL
June 2021 IASPM US
July 2021 IASPM South Korea 
September 2021 IASPM Spain 
October 2021 IASPM UK and Ireland
November 2021 IASPM Hungary.
December 2021 IASPM France
Please do advertise this event widely.

Many thanks,
Rupert Till
International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education (ISSME) 2021
Hosted by the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
June 21-23, 2021

The organizing committee of the 12th biennial International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 2021 symposium that will take place online June 21-23, hosted by the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.

As we are all experiencing, albeit in different ways around the world, we live in turbulent—some might say disturbing—times. Economic inequalities, social polarization, cultural diversities, (identity-)political conflicts, and/or illegitimate exercise of power, profoundly affect personal and professional lives, as well as the fields of education and research that the members of our community attend on a daily basis. And, on top of that, the global coronavirus pandemic has completely changed the conditions for and the ways we interact and communicate with our students and colleagues. While the former issues may well be addressed in ISSME papers, the latter has had a direct impact on the framework for the 2021 symposium itself. The current situation means that we have to conduct ISSME 2021 as an online conference. Taking the event online has entailed a certain rethinking of the symposium format, in order to make use of available and accessible digital solutions for presenting, discussing, experiencing, socializing, commenting, exploring, and sharing. The different possibilities are explained below, but regardless of format, we welcome proposals from a broad range of perspectives related to music education and sociology. We encourage presenters to address macro-oriented perspectives as indicated above, at the same time as we are just as happy to welcome proposals that address educators’ and musicians’ everyday reflections on their place in the world at this time of uncertainty and global unrest with the help of sociological theories, constructs, and/or concepts. Not least, it would be of particular interest to shed light on sociological aspects of music education under circumstances characterized by enforced digitalization and home quarantine.

Abstracts should be submitted by January 15, 2021. Conference presenters will be notified by March 1, 2021. Once accepted, presenters must commit to submitting their paper/talk by June 1, 2021.
Conference fee:
Due to the special circumstances, the ISSME 2021 Online will be free of charge for all participants.
General information on formats and submission:
Please find information regarding session formats and submission at the ISSME 2021 website. Any immediate questions regarding the conference can be directed to Petter Dyndahl or Live Weider Ellefsen. For enquiries about your proposal submission please contact the Review Managers Anne Jordhus-Lier or Jennifer Lang.
With a warm welcome,
ISSME 2021 Chair: Professor Petter Dyndahl
ISSME 2021 Conveners: Dr. Live Weider Ellefsen & Dr. Anne Jordhus-Lier
Head of the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences: Professor Ingeborg Lunde Vestad  

The local ISSME 2021 committee also consists of the other members of the research group DYNAMUS – The social dynamics of musical upbringing and schooling in the Norwegian welfare state, as well as support staff from the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Education.

Flip it and Reverse it: Hip-Hop Worldwide
Call for Contributions
Dear all,

Flip it and Reverse it: Hip-Hop Worldwide” is a space for hip-hop-focused research and content. It is a section of the UCLA journal Ethnomusicology Review.

The section is open to scholars, students, journalists, activists, artists, archivists, and community organizers. We’d like to particularly encourage submissions from BIPOC individuals, LGBTQIA+ individuals, disabled individuals, and non-academically affiliated individuals.
Contributions should ideally be between 1500 and 3500 words, and take advantage of the online-digital format of the publication by making use of media content (pictures, videos, audio, etc.).
If you wish to contribute or have any questions please reach out to:
H. Samy Alim (
Samuel Lamontagne (
Tabia Shawel (

More info here

Songs and Singing
The Orff Echo
The Orff Echo Editorial Board is soliciting articles for the Fall 2021 issue. The featured topic is “Songs and Singing.” The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2021.

We are inspired by songs, we share cultural treasure and understanding through songs, and we literally resonate with one another when we sing together. “Songs and Singing” seeks to challenge and uplift our practice through exploring the role of songs and singing in American Orff Schulwerk.

We invite various types of submissions such as (1) philosophical and theoretical work reflecting the application of the Schulwerk; (2) interpretation and adaptation of Orff pedagogical techniques for music and other teachings; (3) empirical and/or historical research related to the Schulwerk; (4) articles that support AOSA’s diversity statement.

We encourage writers to consider the following questions:
  1. What does “Songs and Singing” mean in Orff Schulwerk and in your world?
  2. How do you select songs and evaluate them from a culturally-responsive perspective?
  3. How do you teach singing as an Orff educator?
  4. How does singing nourish community?
  5. What effect does singing have on our bodies—physically, mentally, and emotionally?
  6. How do we teach all voices and singers (young, old, transgender/transitioning, changing, etc.)?
  7. How do we keep singing through restrictions and distance-learning?

The Orff Echo Editorial Board is always interested in original research and informative articles covering all aspects of Orff Schulwerk and music education, such as movement, play, singing, assessment, and curricular planning. Our format allows for submissions dedicated to your area of interest in addition to our featured topic.

Please contact Christine Ballenger (, Juliana Cantarelli Vita (, or Roxanne Dixon ( with submissions or questions regarding the Fall 2021 issue, “Songs and Singing.”

For general questions about The Orff Echo, send inquiries to Linda Hines ( Articles can be submitted through the Echo Articles Submission Form.
International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US)
2021 Annual Conference
The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-United States invites proposals for its 2021 annual conference. In recognition of these extraordinary times and the continuing public health concerns and struggles for social and racial justice that we face, this meeting will take place virtually on May 19-22, 2021. We encourage proposals that speak to the specific challenges of this historic moment, but more broadly welcome proposals for individual papers and panels (up to four individuals) on any aspect of popular music.

Papers will be 10-15 minutes in length and will be uploaded a month prior to the conference for asynchronous viewing. We are also asking that a written copy of the paper be uploaded for captioning and accessibility. Panels will emphasize dialogue, Q&A, and exchange.    

Please submit proposals via Word document or PDF to with “last name, first name” in the subject line no later than midnight December 4, 2020. Individual submissions should include a paper title, the presenter’s name, contact information and a 250-word abstract that identifies the methodology used, states the paper’s goals, summarizes the context and argument of the paper, and includes a brief conclusion. Organized panels should include a 250-word description of the panel’s rationale and goals, and a 250-word abstract for each individual participating in the panel. Roundtables, consisting of a moderated conversation with 4 – 6 participants, require a single 250 word abstract and a list of roundtable members, and should designate one person as the panel chair. Roundtables and organized panels can be allotted up to a two-hour time slot. Abstracts not adhering to the word count will not be considered.

IASPM-US is a multidisciplinary organization and invites proposals from and across all fields of scholarly inquiry. Conference proposals from intellectuals outside of academia, including teachers, museum and archive professionals, musicians and music professionals, and independent scholars, are encouraged. IASPM-US is also a friendly conference for students at all levels. We especially welcome proposals from members of underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, women, Black/African American, Indigenous, and People of Color, people with disabilities, and people from LGBTQ+ communities, as well as people of different ages, socio/economic classes, nationalities, and religions. We encourage people to self-identify in their proposals as a member of one of the groups listed above. 
This year’s program committee consists of Justin Patch (chair), Anthony Kwame Harrison, K. E. Goldschmitt, Brian F. Wright, Rebekah Farrugia, and Kathryn Metz.
Please note: All conference presenters must be registered IASPM members (or must register after paper, panel, or roundtable acceptance; there is no need to register to submit). For membership and conference information visit:  
Perfect Beat
Special ‘Riffs’ Issue: COVID-19, Music and the Asia-Pacific
Perfect Beat journal invites contributions to a special edition of short-form ‘Riff’ articles, typically 2000 words, to document the state of music research in the Asia-Pacific region during the COVID-19 pandemic. A Riff is a blind peer-reviewed article that is flexible in format, allowing for a range of novel and creative approaches to scholarly writing, as well as prompt responses to pertinent issues.

Previous Riffs in Perfect Beat have been interviews with musicians or industry figures, critical reflections of an author’s experiences, comparative reviews of musical works, and co/multi-authored exchanges. Our special issue expands this criteria to include other creative approaches, such as photographic essays, personal narratives, position statements, industry summaries, and/or post-pandemic solutions. Proposals for other creative scholarly approaches are welcomed. 

To fit the scope of the journal, our geographical area of interest is the Asia-Pacific. 
Topics for this special issue may include:

Virtual Musical Connections:
How does media technology contribute to a continuation of pre-pandemic musical life? 
Reviews of streamed online ‘iso concerts’ and other music related content 
TikTok, Twitch, Fortnite… music and the platforms of the pandemic
How artists use social media to connect with fans during the pandemic

Live Music:
Review of socially-distanced concerts and similar music events
Government policies surrounding post-lockdown live music venues
The response from funding bodies to reinvigorate or support music and the arts 
Impact on scenes at a local or global level 

An Academic in a Pandemic:
Teaching music courses in the online environment; sharing novel approaches, challenges and successes
Creative pivots for your music research 
Impact on research cultures in your areas – motivations, logistics, funding
Work/life balance, especially for parents

A Postgrad in a Pandemic: 
How the pandemic has impacted postgraduate music students
Music Postgrad pivoting for writing/fieldwork/research
How are music postgrads, especially international students, supporting each other during this time?  

Mental Health:
Support initiatives from the music industry
Health and wellbeing of music students and colleagues

First Person Impact:
Interviews with musicians and other industry practitioners about COVID-19 restrictions
Songs/music about and inspired by COVID-19
The “iso album” phenomenon
Case studies on organised responses; ‘I Lost My Gig’ / ‘Save Our Venues’ campaigns 
Grass roots initiatives, community responses

Science denial and conspiracy theories surrounding COVID-19 and music
Other topics related to music and COVID-19 in the Asia-Pacific region
Word Limits:
We ask for 2000 words for final articles, including references. Please contact the editors if you are proposing a longer word length. 
Blind Peer Review:
All Riffs will be blind peer reviewed.

200 word abstract proposal due; email to by Monday 7th December 5pm EST
Authors advised of outcome: Wednesday 9th December 
Full articles due: Friday 12th February 2021
Review process: February-April 2021
Publication: May 2021

For information about Perfect Beat journal, please visit our new website: or contact the editors if you have further questions. 

Best wishes, 
Shelley Brunt 
Oli Wilson 

Perfect Beat: The Asia-Pacific Journal of Research into Contemporary Music and Popular Culture 
Nominations & Awards
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Director
Ontario Music Educators' Association (OMEA)
The Ontario Music Educators' Association is seeking an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Director
Applications for the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Director position are due Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 by 9 pm.