Call for Research Session and Poster Proposals
for The 2020 Biennial Music Research and
Teacher Education Conference
Amplify 2020: Bringing the Future into Focus
Opens: September 13, 2019
Submission Deadline: February 3, 2020
Acceptance Notices: April 1, 2020
Amplify 2020: Bringing the Future into Focus, including
the NAfME Biennial Music Research and Teacher Education Conference
NAfME National PreK-12 Conference
NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles
November 4-8, 2020
Amplify 2020: Focus on the Future
In 1999, MENC, the precursor to NAfME, hosted the Housewright Symposium, drawing together teachers, music supervisors, advocates and researchers into a discussion about where music education was headed in the 21st Century. The outcome of the Symposium was Vision 2020, where music education was examined in community, across cultures, via standards-based learning, and with technology, among other topics.
As we reach 2020 with music education still strongly part of American public schools, what should we celebrate about music education today? Knowing that not all students have access to music education, and that access is often equated with tradition, funding, and privilege, what must we address to strengthen music education for all students moving forward? And what can we forecast about the future direction of music, of education, of society, that will impact music education over the next three decades?
In 2020, the Biennial Music Research and Teacher Education Conference will, for the first time, be held concurrently with our national PreK-12 music education conference, and the All-National Honor Ensembles featuring students from across the nation. With this congruence of practitioners and researchers, the conference planning committee is excited about the possibilities of interaction, interconnection, and interdisciplinary learning among all the conference attendees.
Three big, overarching questions, helping the field once again reach forward to shape our collective music education future, will guide this combined conference of practitioners and researchers:
- How will students learn in the future?
- What will music-making be in the future?
- What needs to happen for 100% participation of students in school music in the future?
As these overarching questions are addressed through plenaries and shared sessions with the PreK-12 educators, the committee invites researchers to address the following subset of questions as appropriate within their session proposals, focused on the next decade of music education:
- What are we currently doing in music education that supports all students participating in music by 2030?
- In the next decade, what do we need to do to move the field of music education toward what we hope to make reality for students in 2030?
- What music-making of today is the precursor for music-making in 2030?
- What educational reforms and movements will shape the educational sphere of 2030?
Biennial Research and Music Teacher Education Conference:
Research Proposal Submission
The committee invites research applicants to submit proposals for consideration as part of the biennial research and teacher education 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 are not be permitted. All research paradigms and approaches to scholarship are acceptable. Proposals that align with the Conference focus on the future of music education are encouraged, as are proposals that partner researchers with K-12 practicing music educators. All research topics 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. Presentations will be allotted 25 minutes total, to include 20 min for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions and answers. Submission requirements: Authors will submit a proposal of up to 500 words and an abstract of no more than 50 words.
- 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 and then be present with their poster during the assigned time. Poster sessions provide an excellent opportunity for conversation and socializing. Submission requirements are identical to those for Research Papers. NOTE: On the submission form, applicants will designate presentation-only, poster-only, or presentation OR poster.
- Symposium – This refers to a series of two or three 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. Total time allocated for symposia will be 60 minutes. Submission requirements: Conveners will submit a) a 350-word general description of the session including its significance to the music education research audience; b) a 50-word abstract describing the overall session; c) author information for each presenter and, if applicable, discussant; d) title and 500-word paper proposal for each contribution.
- Research, Processes, Practices, and Issues (presentation) – This format is for those interested in presenting a session that focuses on issues concerning the development and execution of research. No more than 2-3 PPP sessions will be selected. These highly selective sessions might address (but are not limited to) topics such as: research questions, methodology, including building quality action research with practitioners, design, analysis, publication, or ethics. Total time allocated for the presentation will be 60 minutes. Submission requirements: Authors will submit a) a 350-word general description of the session including its significance to the conference audience; b) a detailed outline of the proposed session; c) a 50-word abstract.
- 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 the SRIG you feel might be a good fit for your paper. All proposals, whether independent papers or as part of a symposium, will be routed through the main submission page and reviewed as a 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 25 minutes total, to include 20 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions and answers. Submission requirements: Authors will submit a proposal of up to 500 words and an abstract of no more than 50 words.
- 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. Submission requirements are identical to those for Research Presentation. 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 smte.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. Submission requirements: Authors will submit a proposal of up to 500 words and an abstract of no more than 50 words. 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 This refers to a group of two or three presentations by different authors that are tightly 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. No more than 2-3 Colloquium sessions will be selected, and these highly selective sessions might take the form of a roundtable or panel discussion, possibly with a discussant included. Total time allocated for the Colloquia will be 60-90 minutes. Submission requirements: Authors will submit a) a 350-word general description of the session including its significance to the music teacher educator audience; b) a 50-word abstract describing the overall session; c) author information for each presenter and, if applicable, discussant; d) title and 500-word sub-proposal for each contribution. NOTE: Each sub-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. 4 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 P–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 requirements: Authors will submit a proposal of up to 500 words and an abstract of no more than 50 words.
Research Proposal Submission Process
All proposals must be submitted for review through the NAfME online submission portal, which will be available through the NAfME website beginning on September 13, 2019. Submissions should be written in ways that do not indicate the identity of the authors or the authors’ institutions. The submission deadline is Monday February 3, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Extensions will not be granted.
When submitting a proposal, applicants will:
- Designate one NAfME Society or council for adjudication:
Society for Research in Music Education (SRME)
Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE)
Council of Music Program Leaders (CMPL)
- Designate a format (see Formats and Guidelines above)
- 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 proposal author by April 1, 2020. Specific information about presentations, posters, and other requirements will be communicated to authors following acceptance.
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 fitting for sessions dealing with research into the practice of music education and the preparation of music educators
- Proposal is new, original, and high quality
- For research proposals, works in progress (i.e., data collection is not complete at the time of proposal) will be reviewed, but the study must be completed by the time of presentation
- Writing is coherent, clear, and compelling
- Proposal provides the relevant information required by the format guidelines specified by SRME, SMTE, or CMPL
- Consideration will be given to balancing the research conference program on the basis of format and topic
September 13, 2019 – Web portal open for submissions
February 3, 2020 – Submission deadline for proposals
April 1, 2020 – Notification of acceptance
For questions or assistance, please contact: Lynn Tuttle, NAfME, firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-918-5832.
Denese Odegaard, Co-Chair, 2020 Conference
Michael Raiber, Co-Chair, 2020 Conference
Deborah Confredo, Chair, SRME
Carlos Abril, Program Chair, SRME
Linda Thornton, Chair, SMTE
Jay Dorfman, Communications Chair, SMTE
Heather Cote, Chair CMPL
Shawn Chastain, Past-Chair, CMPL
Kathleen D. Sanz, President, NAfME