Volume 15 (December 2006)

Gender Research in Music Education

Volume 15, Number 1-2 (December, 2006)

 In this issue:

1. Message from GRIME co-chair, Kate McKeage

2. Note from the editor, Vince Bates

3. Member News and Conference Reports

3:1 Therese Kerbey
3:2 Sondra Howe
3:3 Andra McCartney
3:4 Jill Sullivan
3:5 Kathleen (Kate) McKeage
3:6 Adam Adler

3:7 Unison 2006, annual conference of the Ontario Music Educators’ Association
3:8 Second Annual McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind Workshop Processing Musical Experience in the Nervous System

4: Opportunities to Share Research

4:1 Feminist Theory & Music 9: Speaking Out of Place
4:2 MENC 61st National Biennial In-Service Conference
4:3 Society for Research in Music Education: Research Symposium I
4:4 Keokuk II: Centennial Symposium for MENC
4:5 The College Music Society: 50th National Conference
4:6 Music and Lifelong Learning Symposium
4:7 MayDay Group Colloquium XX

5. Upcoming Conferences

5:1 International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education
5:2 Fifth International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education
5:3 International Society for Music Education: Bologna, 2008

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1. Message from GRIME co-chair, Kate McKeage


Hello GRIMEers,
This is my first newsletter as co-chair (along with Elizabeth Keathley) of GRIME and I would like to begin by thanking my predecessor, Jill Sullivan for sharing her time and talents with the GRIME community. Jill continues the important work of documenting women’s involvement in American military bands.

Vince Bates is the new Chair-Elect of GRIME and the MENC Gender SRIG, as well as editor of the newsletter. Thanks so much to Vince for stepping up and agreeing to run for office. I look forward to hearing his thoughts in the coming years and encourage GRIME members to contribute to the newsletter.

Currently, GRIME has 165 members on the listserve. This is a very eclectic and inclusive group. We have students and academics from music education, women’s studies, musicology, theory, and curriculum and instruction. We have researchers, authors, educators, composers, performers, and philosophers. Some of us do all of the above.

Just a couple of thoughts on the 2006 MENC conference in Salt Lake City, UT.

As usual, GRIME members were well-represented in the poster sessions. Colleen Pinar had three projects. Her Band Directors Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Research was very provocative. Those of us in teacher education need to be aware of the research.

The guest speaker for the Gender SRIG meeting was Julia Koza. She set the tone for our meeting during the Philosophy SRIG the previous day. Her session for the Gender SRIG, My Body Had a Mind of its Own dealt with illusions of control in our classrooms, our lives, and our careers. The presentation was funny, poignant, personal, thought-provoking, and very different from what we normally experience at an MENC convention. I realize now how much we miss Julia’s voice, passion, and leadership in the MENC community.

While excited and energized after the presentation, I was disappointed by the turnout for the session. One attendee noted her frustration that the topics in the Gender meeting need to be shared with the rest of the convention and I certainly agree. I work daily with music teachers out in the field and I know they have these same conversations, although usually in a more “relaxed” setting. The SRIGs are squirreled away in small, hidden rooms on the second floor, while the people we need to be speaking and listening to are down on the convention floor. How do we bridge the gap? Do we really want to?


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2. Note from the editor, Vince Bates

Hello GRIME members,

Best wishes for the holidays! It’s been an eventful year for me, but I will spare you the details and share just five items that may be of interest:

First, Kristin and I moved our family from Utah to Missouri (admittedly, not a huge cultural change). We thought it would be a good idea for me to try teaching at a university for a while. We’re not sure yet whether it was the best decision, but so far I have had more family time, more time for research, and the university has funded most of my professional travel. It’s still a long way from home. . .

Second, I attended the National MENC Conference in Salt Lake City last spring (a grueling 20-minute commute). I felt fortunate to hear both of the presentations given by Julia Koza—one at the philosophy SRIG and the other at the gender SRIG. What really struck me in her latter presentation was the parallel she drew between patriarchy and what George Lakoff hass identified as a Strict Father metaphor/morality. In my dissertation I identified family metaphors (Strict Father, Nurturant Parent, Permissive Parent) in the philosophy of music education, but I didn’t make that connection. Nonetheless, I can see Julia’s point and it really has “opened my eyes” even more to the values of feminist theory.

GRIME member, Jere Humphreys, received MENC’s Senior Researcher Award and gave a very forceful and critical acceptance speech that seemed to be well-received.

Third, I attended MayDay Princeton, Power, Empowerment, and Change: New Pedagogies in Music Education, at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. I always enjoy meeting with the Mayday Group and I thought that Frank Abrahams and Patrick Schmidt were excellent hosts. GRIME members who spoke at this conference were (in order of appearance):

Wayne BowmanHegemony, Power, and Exclusion in Music Education: Themes from the Vancouver Colloquium

Thomas RegelskiAmateuring in Music and its Rivals: Empowering the “Musician” in Everyone

Sandra StaufferNotes on a Pedagogy of Composition

David ElliottPower, Pedagogy, and Performative Studies
Deborah BradleyTo Talk or Not to Talk: Including Race in Music Education’s Conversation

There were other fine presentations as well that might be of interest to GRIME members. (All presenters were encouraged to submit their papers to ACT or other professional journals. For more information go to http://www.maydaygroup.org). I have to admit, however, that many of the presentations went “over my head” and I wondered whether the dense language might be a bit exclusive (especially considering the conference topic). Also, it might have been more useful for the presenters to limit their presentations to 30 minutes and allow 30-minutes for discussion. Nonetheless, I had no regrets about spending the university’s money to attend this event; I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful spot for it and I thoroughly enjoyed (no joke) the six-mile walk from the motel, around the reservoir, to Westminster Choir College.

Fourth, I attended the International Conference on Music Education, Equity, and Social Justice at Teacher’s College in New York City. This, too, was a well-planned and well-hosted event by Harold Abeles, Randall Allsup, and Melissa Abramo. Presentations by GRIME members included:

Carol RichardsonEngaging with the World: Music Education and the Big Ideas

Betty Anne Younker and Maud HickeyExamining the Profession through the Lens of Social Justice: Two Music Educators’ Stories and their Start Realization

Estelle JorgensenConcerning Justice and Music Education

Elizabeth GouldLegible Bodies in Music Education: Becoming-Matter

Roberta LambThe Seegers, Lawler, Lomax, Pitts and Music Education, ca 1935-1953: Some Notes Towards a Social History

Deborah BradleyRonald Golner, and Sarah HansonUnlearning Whiteness, Rethinking Race Issues in Graduate Music Education

Wayne BowmanWho is the “We”? Rethinking Professionalism in Music Education

Other papers that might be of interest to GRIME members included:

Regina Carlow and Julia Hoffman, Living Dangerously: Discovering a Feminist Consciousness through Transformative Experiences in Music Education

Joseph Abramo, Yeah, I’m Fat, Who the Hell Cares: Performativity, Agency and School Rock Bands

Carol Frierson-Campbell, Without the ‘ism’: Thoughts about Equity and Social Justice in Music Education

Maxine Green, On the arts and social justice

Look for at least a dozen of these papers in the Summer 2007 edition of MER.

Most of these social justice and equity presentations seemed very practical/useful and were powerfully “preformed” (especially Liz Gould’s); I thought that this conference was well worth the trip and felt fortunate to be able to attend. In order to save some money, however, I stayed in New Jersey and that was an interesting experience as a “poor farm boy” finding my way via public transportation (bus, port authority, subway) to Teacher’s College!

Finally, a number of GRIME members will be presenting research at the 5th International Conference on the Sociology of Music Education this summer in Newfoundland. In my paper I will be exploring a line of thought started at the 3rd Symposium; I am trying to develop a nurturant ethic (ethic of care?) for music education based, in part, on Needs Theory.

So, that was my year. To be completely honest, this editorial responsibility really scares me more than anything else I am doing in my “professional” life (my efforts as husband and father being the most daunting). GRIME has had excellent newsletters and I’m sure that my efforts in this one won’t measure up. Also, with my recent exploration of feminist theory (thanks, Roberta & Debbie, for the reading suggestions) along with my study of Strict Father metaphors, I am able to identify some of the patriarchal structures in my own thinking and I’m finding that it is very difficult to change; it takes more than will power! There is a lot that I would like to share about this struggle, but as one of my new colleagues says, “That’s a three-beer conversation,” and I’ve written more than enough already. I hope to be able to explore some of these and related issues in subsequent newsletters. So, “stayed tuned,” and thanks for your understanding, patience, and support.

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3. Member News and Reports

3:1 Therese Kerbey

Under the direction of Dr. Jill Sullivan at Arizona State University, I am currently conducting research on my doctoral dissertation: “The History of the 14th Army Band (WAC), 1942-1976.” The 14th Army Band holds the distinction of being the longest active band unit comprised of all females in the history of the United States military. I am also in the process of completing a biographical study of CW5 Jeanne Pace, who became the first female warrant officer bandmaster in the integrated United States Army in 1985. Commanding the 1st Cavalry Division Band, 79th Army Band, 399th Army Band, and The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps during her career, Ms. Pace currently still serves on active duty as the Army Bands Proponency Officer.”

3:2 Sondra Howe

Sondra Wieland Howe has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Research in Music Education.


Howe, Sondra. “German and American Influences on the Development of the Kindergarten and Kindergarten Music in Meiji Era Japan,” Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education 3, no. 2 (November 2005): 83-106.
3:3 Andra McCartney


McCartney, Andra. “In and Out of the Sound Studio: Conference on Gender and Sound Technologies (Montreal, July 2005).” EContact! 8.2. Women and Electroacoustics 3. Edited by Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner. Canadian Electroacoustic Community. March 2006. http://econtact.ca.

McCartney, Andra. “Digital landscapes.” Vague Terrain 02. Curated by Neil Wiernik and Greg Smith. February 2006. www.vagueterrain.net.

McCartney, Andra. “Performing soundwalks for Journees Sonores, canal de Lachine.” Performing Nature: Explorations in Ecology and the Arts. Edited by Gabriella Giannachi and Nigel Stewart. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang. 2005: 217-234.

McCartney, Andra. Journees Sonores, canal de Lachine. Interactive installation with Don Sinclair. Deep Wireless Festival, Drake hotel, Toronto, ON. May 1-31, 2006. Sign Waves Festival Interactive Installations, Sound Travels festival of sound art, St. Andrew-by-the-Lake Church, Centre Island, Toronto, ON. July 23-Sep 3, 2006.

Conference presentations:

McCartney, Andra. “Scratching the soundscape.” Invited keynote panelist, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Canada: Spanning the distances, University of Regina, May 7, 2006.

McCartney, Andra. “Introduction to In and Out of the Sound Studio.” Studio XX, Montreal, July 25, 2005. Organised and directed the conference “In and Out of the Sound Studio.” An international conference for scholars, sound artists and producers on the topic of gender, sound and technology at Concordia University, July 25-29, 2005.
3:4 Jill Sullivan

Jill Sullivan, assistant professor at Arizona State University, has just finished two historical articles on women’s bands: “Music for the Injured Soldier: A Contribution of American Women’s Military Bands during WW II” and “An Industry Band for Veterans: The Hormel Girls”. This later article was co-authored with a doctoral student at Arizona State University, Danelle Keck who is now the Band Director at Duluth High School in Duluth, Georgia. Additionally, my article on the history of the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve Band was published this fall in Journal of Band Research in case someone would like to read that. I am working on several other historical articles at this time which include a 100-year history of women’s bands in the U.S., a history of Normal School bands, and an article on one Ohio music educator’s contributions to WW II.
3:5 Kathleen (Kate) McKeage

I am currently the president-elect of the Wyoming Unit of IAJE and last spring represented the state at the always intriguing IAJE convention in NYC. This February, I am scheduled to present the clinic Improvisation in Secondary Methods Courses: Lessons from the Elementary at the MENC All-Northwest convention in Portland, OR. My current area of research includes religious fundamentalism in the classroom. I look forward to traveling to Hong Kong over spring break, where I intend to visit my son who is studying there and crash on his couch, for a change.
3:6 Adam Adler

Dr. Adam Adler, Assistant Professor of Music Education
Faculty of Education, University of Windsor

Adam Adler serves as Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Windsor. He is currently working on a collaborative presentation and roundtable discussion entitled Critical Identity, Critical Ability, Critical Gender for the conference Provoking Educational Research in Principle, Practice and Partnership (University of Windsor, May 10-12, 2007). In this session, participants will be encouraged to critically examine their own practices and beliefs and the ways in which these shape both teaching and the process of generating progressive identity formation within the education community. Adam also looks forward to presenting for the third time at the Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium (Memorial University of Newoundland), with a paper entitled Nurturing Choral Community as Musicianship.
3:7 Unison 2006, annual conference of the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, November 2-4, 2006

891 music educators from across the province gathered in London, Ontario for Unison 2006. My first impression was one of awe as I looked out across a sea of faces, interconnected across time and place by shared experiences in our education, in our work as music teachers, and in our music making. An impassioned keynote address by Stephen Lewis encouraged our efforts in the nurturing of the creative, caring and compassionate, and community-building elements of human culture through education, even as the lack of general caring and compassion from the western world has both created the AIDS crisis in Africa and allowed it to grow to pandemic proportion; in some ways leaving surviving children and grandparents with little but their songs to sustain them.

A plethora of sessions focused primarily on practical suggestions for improving music teaching and learning from the early years through to adulthood. Of particular note for the GRIME community was a session on boys and choral singing by Carol Beynon and Ken Fleet (University of Western Ontario), in which issues both personal/social and vocal/choral/pedagogical were examined. Members of the participating Amabile Boys Choir contributed significantly to this presentation, sharing both opinions and experiences of their journeys as singers through this wonderful organization.

A highlight of the conference for me was an informal evening concert presented by the Cosmo Soul Express Band. A rowdy audience enjoyed classic soul, blues, and rock from this group of talented musicians who staff Cosmo Music – a long-time commercial partner to the music education community in Southern Ontario. I noted to my Cosmo colleagues how wonderful it was to experience them as musicians who share our passion and our joy in music making.

Conference organizer Helen Coker and the team from the OMEA are to be commended on a well organized, excellently staffed conference that offered a good balance of learning, community, and interaction with our community and commercial partners. Limitations within the conference centre and hotel venue, as well as sharing it with other conferences, meant that some of the sessions were in rooms that were too small to accommodate the number of attendees. It is my observation that a few of the sessions, in which performers were essentially pushing their CD recordings or other commercial products, had little to do with best practices and were of limited utility to classroom practitioners. Lunch was substantial and healthy, although there was no real provision of seating where attendees could easily consume it; it should also be noted that soup does not make an easy meal whilst standing in a crowd.
3:8 Second Annual McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind Workshop Processing Musical Experience in the Nervous System, November 25, 2006

Speakers from McGill, Harvard, Queen’s and the Rotman Research Institute presented on an interesting variety of topics: the development of musical perception, the effects of musical training across the life span, the effects of instrumental training on cognition and neuroplasticity, and music sparing in dementia. This was a fascinating and stimulating conference for many, made even better by a perfect venue and ample provision of refreshments and lunch; my sincere appreciation goes out to workshop organizer Laurel Trainor.

I found it quite challenging to appreciate some of the speakers; in one case, simply because of issues of English language facility and speech rhythm; but in other cases, because it is in presentations such as these that we see the education gap in academia from so much presenting in such an unteaching manor. I continue to be amazed that that in academe, and particularly in the humanities (that are, by definition, supposed to reflect human experience) that academics persist in cloaking quite ordinary, approachable concepts in so much inhuman language, regardless (or in spite of) their audience. While the research may be fascinating and rigourous, the technical jargon ensures that many people are excluded from engaging it in a meaningful way.

Further, the narrow focus on measurable and quantifiable responses to music seems (to me) to miss the larger phenomenon of music as complex human experience; while it is no doubt about something scientifically valid, for practical purposes some of it really isn’t about anything. While I enjoy learning about these aspects of musical processing, as a musician and music educator I remain concerned by the contribution that such exercises make to the theory-practice gap in our field, as well as the push in post-secondary institutions towards the singular value of research and teaching ABOUT aspects of music with consequent decreasing value placed on musical understanding, experience, and connection through music making.

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4: Opportunities to Share Research

4:1 Feminist Theory & Music 9: Speaking Out of Place

Submissions due February 1, 2007

Both performances and scholarly papers are welcome as part of the programme. Organizers particularly solicit proposals focusing on intersections of geography, nation, ethnicity, gender and cultural expression: e.g., issues of globalization, transnationalism, cultural or linguistic translation, neighborly relations, diasporas, migrations or dislocations. However, all proposals that consider music in relation to feminism, gender or sexuality are welcome.

Scholarly papers should last no longer than 20 minutes. We can accommodate performances of varying lengths. Note that no funds are available to remunerate performers.

Proposals should be no longer than 250 words, in either English or French. Only one proposal may be submitted per person. Please include name, address, and audiovisual requirements. Performance proposals should include bios of all performers involved; do not send tapes. Email submissions are preferred. Send proposals to lisa.barg@mcgill.ca, or by regular mail to:

Lisa Barg
McGill University, Schulich School of Music
555 Sherbrooke Street West,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 1E3

4:2 MENC 61st National Biennial In-Service Conference
Submission due April 2, 2007

MENC has issued a call for session proposals and a call for performances for its 61st National Biennial In-Service Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

MENC members and representatives from companies and organizations that are corporate members of MENC are invited to submit session proposals for presentation. Proposals must be submitted by the individual who will be presenting the session as the primary clinician. Performing groups of all levels and specialties may apply to perform.

Visit www.menc.org in January 2007 to print out an application to submit a session proposal, or to find out how to receive an application for your group to perform in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

4:3 Society for Research in Music Education: Research Symposium I

Submissions due January 31, 2007

The Society for Research in Music Education (SRME), with the co-sponsorship of MENC: The National Association for Music Education, is pleased to announce its first Research Symposium to be held at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, July 5–7, 2007. This symposium is designed as a forum for the dissemination and discussion of new scholarship relating to music teaching and learning. Individuals are invited to submit proposals for presentation in which they may share new, unpublished research in music education. Submissions are invited for EITHER paper presentation OR poster presentation. Interested individuals are invited to attend the Symposium whether or not they present. Please direct inquiries about the Symposium to Martin Bergee, Music Education Research Council (MERC) Executive Committee Chair and Symposium Presider, at mencpapers@missouri.edu.

4:4 Keokuk II: Centennial Symposium for MENC: The National Association for Music Education, May 31-June 2, 2007, Keokuk, Iowa
Submissions due February 15, 2007

This symposium will commemorate the founding of MENC: The National Association for Music Education in Keokuk, Iowa in 1907. The symposium is being planned and administered by the History Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) of the MENC Society for Research in Music Education, with support from MENC and the City of Keokuk.

The symposium planning committee welcomes submissions for the following:

1. Scholarly papers suitable for reading (complete)
2. Panel discussions (an outline with names of participants)
3. Performances (musical content, names of performers, and any equipment needs)

All topics should relate in some way to music education in the United States during MENC’s first century (1907-2007).

Materials must be submitted electronically in any standard style format. Accepted scholarly papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, which follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003). Include the following information in the body of the electronic mail message: Name, address, telephone, affiliation, email address for further communication, and title of the paper or proposal. Send all information to Jere.Humphreys@asu.edu.

Jere T. Humphreys
School of Music
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-0405 USA

4:5 The College Music Society: 50th National Conference
Submissions January 20, 2007

The College Music Society will hold its Fiftieth National Conference November 15-18, 2007, in Salt Lake City, Utah, in conjunction with the 2007 National Conference of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI).
The 2007 Program Committee of The College Music Society welcomes proposals for presentations relating to all fields of college music.

  • The Program Committee solicits the broadest representation of our profession and its interests, including proposals from adjunct faculty, community college faculty, graduate students, and retired faculty.
  • Proposals may relate to the general interests of music in higher education, or to specific disciplines and areas of interest-administration, advocacy, career issues, composition, cultural inclusion, ethnomusicology/world music, music education/teacher training, music in general studies, music theory, musicology, outreach and community, performance, and pedagogy, including teaching enhancement and the idea of “every musician as teacher.”
  • The 2007 Program Committee encourages proposals concerning interdisciplinary initiatives in teaching, research, and performance. Proposals with specifically interdisciplinary emphasis among music disciplines or with other disciplines are solicited.
  • Proposals are encouraged that address the life and works of composers for whom the year 2007 is significant.
  • Special “Building Bridges” panel sessions will address cross-over issues among music theory and other disciplines. Proposals for these 55-minute sessions are to include short papers, an invited respondent (not a theorist), and must allow for discussion time. This year featured disciplines include Music Theory, Music Education, and Musicology. If you wish to submit a proposal for this session, please indicate at the beginning of the 250-word abstract: “CONSIDER FOR BUILDING BRIDGES SESSION.”
  • Performers wishing to be considered for inclusion on sampler programs of (1) Contemporary American Music, featuring music by American composers, or (2) Twenty-First-Century Music for Voice, featuring music for voice and technology, are required to submit recorded examples of the solo or chamber works proposed. Repertoire list, performance timings, and recordings of all pieces submitted are required as supplementary materials. Online submission at conferences.music.org is encouraged. (See notes below.)
  • Individual papers and lecture-performances are limited to 25 minutes.
  • Collaborative presentations-including clinics, demonstrations, interdisciplinary lecture-recitals, panels, performances, and workshops-are limited to 55 minutes.

Additional information available at http://conferences.music.org

4:6 Music and Lifelong Learning Symposium

Submissions due March 1, 2007

The Ithaca College School of Music and the ACME SRIG (Adult and Community Music Education Special Research Interest Group of MENC) announce a Music and Lifelong Learning Symposium to be held September 27-29, 2007 in Ithaca, New York.

The goal of the Music and Lifelong Learning Symposium is to bring together researchers, educators, and practitioners to share research and ideas about the role and importance of music across the lifespan. The Symposium seeks to promote and disseminate research that investigates experiences affecting musical acquisition, development, and participation across the lifespan, especially that which extends into the adult years and the community beyond the K-12 school environment.

Sessions will include research presentations and teacher/practitioner interactive sessions, and may focus on any aspect of teaching and learning.

The Keynote Speaker for the Symposium will be Judith A. Jellison (University of Texas at Austin), author of How Can All People Continue to be Involved in Meaningful Music Participation? Vision 2020 (MENC: The National Association for Music Education, 2000).

We invite submission of research paper abstracts and interactive session descriptions by March 1, 2007. A panel of ACME SRIG members will select papers and sessions for presentation.

Submissions should include an abstract or session description of not more than 300 words and one copy of a cover page with name, affiliation, contact information and short bio (75-words or less).

Send submissions to:
Dr. Susan J. Avery
Whalen Center for Music
Ithaca College
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Fax: 607-274-1727 addressed to Susan Avery

E-Mail: cbowles@dcs.wisc.edu with the subject line “Lifelong Learning Abstract”

Contact Susan Avery (above) for a Music and Lifelong Learning Symposium brochure.
4:7 MayDay Group Colloquium XX

Submissions due January 30, 2007

Checking Our Vital Signs: A Colloquium on the Health of Music Education, of Music Educators, and of Those We Serve
Brennan Education Center, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview – Minneapolis, Minnesota – June 14-17, 2007

MayDay Group Colloquium XX will focus on the tangible effects of music education today, on the present and future lives of music learners, and on the contributions music education can and should make to society. A sub-theme of the colloquium will focus on related physical and psychological health matters, both positive and negative.

Contributors are invited to submit discussion-provoking research papers or policy statements concerning:

  • Pragmatic impact and benefits of music education for self and society;
  • Health benefits and hazards for students and teachers associated with practices in music education;
  • Related social, economic, and political issues (e.g., concerning gender, race, or socioeconomic variables, or religious, ethnic, or other populations); or
  • Associated current or potential changes in music teacher preparation.

Papers related to the colloquium’s sub-theme might address:

  • Injuries that can result from playing instruments, singing, speaking, and listening to music, and how such injuries can be prevented and treated; or
  • Mental-emotional problems that some music education practices can initiate or worsen (e.g., performance anxiety, competition failures, self-identity issues) and how music education practices can be changed to reduce or prevent such problems.

Abstracts/proposals of no more than 250 words should be sent to Frank Abrahams at abrahams@rider.edu by January 30, 2007. Proposals should make clearly evident how the paper topic falls within the colloquium theme and/or sub-theme. Abstracts of accepted papers will appear on the MayDay website before the colloquium begins and in the colloquium program.

Papers will be limited to 3500 words. Paper presentations will be limited strictly to no more than 30 minutes in order to provide plenty of opportunity for dialogue. Contributors are encouraged to submit their papers for publication in the MayDay Group’s online journal, Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, or other leading journals.

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5. Upcoming Conferences

5:1 International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education

Dr. Susan Laird, President of the Philosophy of Education Society, to be the Keynote Speaker at the
International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education Symposium VII 
June 6-9, 2007
Don Wright Faculty of Music
The University of Western Ontario
London, Canada

The Executive Committee of the International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Susan Laird will be presenting the keynote address at the ISPME Symposium VII. Dr. Laird is Associate Professor of Educational Studies, Women’s Studies, and Human Relations at the College of Education and Graduate College, The University of Oklahoma and is currently President of the Philosophy of Education Society. A prolific scholar, Dr. Laird has served as editor or contributing editor to several Philosophy of Education yearbooks and is the author of numerous chapters and articles relating to Women’s Studies and education. In accepting our invitation to serve as keynote speaker, Dr. Laird mused,
“I have been writing an encyclopedia volume on Mary Wollstonecraft, and think that I might use that work as well as my readings of Virginia Woolf, Walter Benjamin, Frederick Douglass, Margaret Sidney, Richard Shusterman, and several contemporary PES philosophers of arts education to pose some questions about the gendered political economy of musical education, professionalization, and war. I propose to inquire into concerns that have rendered my own musical education so utterly poverty-stricken, despite a family history rich with music before ‘the age of mechanical reproduction’ and despite my own intense hunger for musical learning strongly voiced even in my pre-literate early childhood and repeatedly throughout my childhood and adolescence. My talk may address philosophers of music education as Mary Wollstonecraft addressed Talleyrand, with some sort of ‘woman’s vindication of children’s rights to music.”

The ISPME Executive Committee hopes to see you at Symposium VII. A list of presenters will be available shortly on our website (www.ispme.org). The registration fee is only $100.00 Canadian ($90.00 US) and includes a complimentary dinner, daily coffee and snacks, and a reception. Advance registration will begin in February. For further information about the symposium and The International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education see our website or contact Executive Committee members.

5:2 Fifth International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education

5:3 International Society for Music Education: Bologna, 2008



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