Call for Proposals

2016 Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference

March 17-19, 2016

Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA

Proposals are now being accepted through the NAfME Submissions Portal. Submission deadline: October 1, 2015

 The biennial NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference provides a forum for music education researchers, music teacher educators, program leaders, music administrators, curriculum specialists, K-12 teachers, and graduate students in music education to encounter new, original, and high-quality research and pedagogical innovations that advance music education, thus shaping the future of the discipline and profession.

 The organizing committee invites applicants to submit proposals to the three branches of the conference. The Society for Research in Music Education (SRME) will consider proposals related to a broad range of music education research. The Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) will consider proposals of research and practices pertaining to music teacher education. The Council of Music Program Leaders (CMPL) will consider proposals that are administrator/leadership-oriented. One or more proposals may be submitted in the formats listed below. Multiple submissions of the same proposal will not be permitted. All approaches to scholarship are welcome.

 

SRME Formats and Guidelines

  • Research Paper – This format is for those interested in presenting original research that has not yet been published or presented in a similar forum. Papers will be allotted 30 min, including 20 min for the presentation, 5 min for questions and answers, and 5 min for the preparation for the next presentation.
  •  Research Posters will have designated time slots and presentation space assigned in the conference schedule. Poster sessions will not conflict with any other conference activity. Poster presenters will display their work starting in the morning of the assigned day and then be present with their poster during the assigned time. Poster sessions provide an excellent opportunity for conversation and socializing. NOTE: On the submission form, applicants will designate presentation-only, poster-only, or presentation OR poster.
  •  Symposium – This refers to a series of three or four original research presentations by different authors that are unified by a common theme. Symposium conveners are asked to coordinate the submission of papers under one heading. A discussant could also be included. Thus, the convener should provide the following: a) a 350-word general description of the session including its significance to the conference audience; b) a 50-word abstract; c) author, title, and paper proposal for each contribution; and d) name of discussant, if applicable. For paper proposals, see Submission Process below. Total time allocated for symposia will be 90-120 minutes.
  • SRIG Session – The content of SRIG sessions will be chosen from the papers and symposia submitted to the conference. Use the keyword choice in your submission to indicate SRIG you feel might be a good fit for your paper. All proposals, whether independent paper or part of symposium, will be routed through the main submission page and reviewed as any other research proposal.

 

SMTE Formats and Guidelines

  • Research Presentation – This format is for those interested in presenting original research that has not yet been published or presented in a similar forum. Presentations will be allotted 30 min, including 20 min for the presentation, 5 min for questions and answers, and 5 min for the preparation for the next presentation.
  •  Research Posters will have designated time slots and presentation space assigned in the conference schedule. Poster sessions will not conflict with any other conference activity. Poster presenters will display their work starting in the morning of the assigned day and then be present with their poster during the assigned time. Poster sessions provide an excellent opportunity for conversation and socializing. NOTE: On the submission form, applicants will designate research proposals as presentation-only, poster-only, or presentation OR poster.
  •  Programs, Practices, and Issues (presentation OR poster) proposals should describe programs or practices that address one or more of the areas of critical need or address a current issue facing music teacher education (for examples of topical areas, see the list of ASPAs at us/aspas). Proposals should specifically include justification, rationale, context, and/or supporting research/literature related to the program, practice, or issue. The proposed format might include paper presentation, discussion groups, or demonstration. If selected, 25 minutes will be allocated for the complete presentation, or a poster will be invited to be presented at a poster session as described above. NOTE: On the submission form, applicants will designate a P, P, & I proposal to be considered for presentation-only, poster-only, or presentation OR poster.
  •   Colloquium. This refers to a group of three or four presentations by different authors that are unified by a common theme. Themes related to ASPAs (see the list of ASPAs at smte.us/aspas) are particularly welcomed. Colloquium conveners are asked to coordinate the submission of papers under one heading. The Colloquium might take the form of a roundtable or panel discussion, possibly with a discussant included. Thus, the convener should provide the following at the time of proposal: a) a 350-word general description of the session including its significance to the conference audience; b) a 50-word abstract; c) author, title, and paper proposal for each contribution; and d) name of discussant, if applicable. For paper proposals, see Submission Process below. Total time allocated for Colloquia will be 90-120 minutes. Note: Each paper proposal submitted as a part of a Colloquium will be reviewed individually on its merits.

 

CMPL Formats and Guidelines

  • Programs, Practices, and Issues (presentation OR poster). See no. 3 under SMTE Formats above.
  • Data-informed Instructional Strategies Presentation proposals should describe action research projects that are designed to collect data to be used as the basis for revision or affirmation of instructional strategies used in K–12 classrooms. Proposals should include a description of the school setting in which the research was carried out, as well as the results of the changed instructional strategies upon student achievement. Proposals should include a justification or rationale for the program or practice and a description of the context in which it has been implemented, or a substantive examination of an issue of critical concern to music education.

 

Submission Process

Authors are asked to submit a proposal of up to 500 words and an abstract of no more than 50 words by completing the online application form available through the NAfME website. The proposal should contain no clues as to author identity or institutional affiliation. The submission deadline is October 1, 2015, 11:59 p.m. PDT. Extensions will not be granted. The web portal will be available by June 15, 2015.

All proposals must be submitted for review through the NAfME online submission process. Applicants will:

            (1)        Designate one NAfME society or council for adjudication:

                                  Society for Research in Mu
sic Education (SRME)

                                  Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE)

                                  Council of Music Program Leaders (CMPL)

            (2)        Designate a format (see Formats and Guidelines above)

            (3)        Select and supply keywords that best represent the topic area of the research.

 

For multi-authored proposals, all authors, including co-authors and co-presenters, must be members of NAfME at the time of submission and will be required to maintain their membership through the dates of the conference. Exceptions to the membership requirement may be made by the President of NAfME for individuals whose areas of expertise are outside music education. Submitters whose presentations are accepted will confirm their acceptance by preregistering for the conference.

 Notification of acceptance will be sent to the primary author by December 4, 2015. Specific information about presentations, posters, and other requirements will be communicated to authors following acceptance.

Refereeing

Submissions should not have been published prior to the conference and should comply with the “Code of Ethics” published in the Journal of Research in Music Education. All submissions will be reviewed with reviewers blind to the authorship of the proposal. Reviewers will be guided by the following criteria:

  •  Proposal is relevant and important to the Conference’s focus on music research and music teacher education
  • Proposal is new, original, and high quality
  • Writing is coherent, clear, and compelling
  • Proposal provides background, purpose (questions), method, results, and conclusions or, as appropriate, background, premise, argument (criticism), conclusions
  • Consideration will be given to balancing the conference program on the basis of format and topic

 

Important Dates

June 15, 2015 – Web portal open for submissions

October 1, 2015 – Submission deadline for proposals

December 4, 2015 – Notification of acceptance

For questions or assistance, please contact: Adriane Darvishian, NAfME, 800-336-3768, ext 218 or via e-mail to adrianed@nafme.org.

 

Organizing Committee

James South, Chair, 2016 Conference

Robert Duke, Chair, SRME

James Byo, Program Chair, SRME

Steve Demorest, SRIG Liaison

Susan Wharton Conkling, Chair, SMTE

David Rickels, Conference Chair, SMTE

Dru Davison, Chair CMPL