SPECIAL EARLY CALL for Collaborative Action Research Proposals – Amplify 2020: Bringing the Future into Focus


SPECIAL EARLY CALL for Collaborative Action Research Proposals
Amplify 2020: Bringing the Future into Focus

Opens: April 4, 2019
Submission Deadline: June 28, 2019
Acceptance Notices: August 30, 2019

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 5-7, 2020
Orlando, Florida

Click here to submit a proposal.

In 2020, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) brings together for the first time our national PreK-12 music education conference, our biennial music research and teacher education conference, and the All-National Honor Ensembles featuring students from across the nation.  With this gathering of educators and researchers, the conference planning committee is excited about the possibilities of interaction, interconnection, and interdisciplinary learning among all the conference attendees. Therefore, the committee is placing forward an early call for original collaborative action research proposals, in which higher education researchers and PreK-12 educators create proposals in partnership. With this early call, the authors of an accepted proposal can use the 2019-2020 school year to undertake their project and discover their findings prior to presentation at the November 2020 conference.  

Collaborative Action Research at Amplify 2020

The committee invites action research teams to submit proposals for consideration as part of the biennial music research and teacher education conference.  One or more proposals may be submitted per team.  All paradigms and approaches to scholarship are acceptable.  Presentations will be allotted 25 minutes total, to include 20 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions and answers.  Proposals that align with the conference focus on the future of music education and/or Vision 2020 are encouraged but not required.


Guidelines for the Research Proposal         

The collaborative action research proposal will include the following components, addressed within 500 words:

  • the research purpose statement and questions to be addressed by the project
  • the research and/or theoretical background grounding the project, including the rationale for why this collaborative action research is relevant
  • a brief description of the PreK-12 research setting and participants
  • a brief outline of the method, procedures and analyses


Submission Requirements

  • Authors will submit a proposal of up to 500 words. To help with panel review of applications, authors will submit their proposal as an entire 500-word proposal, and then provide specific responses to the four components listed above following the proposal. This ensures that all areas are addressed in the larger proposal and will aid in the review of your submission.
  • Authors will provide up to 5 keywords to identify the research topic(s) included in the action-research proposal. These keywords will be used to determine the review panel for your proposal.


Submission Process

  • The submission deadline is Friday, June 28, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time. Extensions will not be granted.
  • All proposals for collaborative action research must be submitted for review through the NAfME online submission portal, which will be available at nafme.org beginning on or about April 4, 2019.
  • To support blind review, the proposal narrative must not identify any of the authors or the authors’ institutions.
  • At least one member of the action research team submitting the proposal must be a member of NAfME at the time of submission, and if accepted, all members of the team must be members of NAfME at the dates of the conference, November 5-7, 2020.
    • 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.


Submission Review

  • Submitted proposals will be reviewed by peer review panels will be assigned from the following: the Society for Research in Music Education, the Society for Music Teacher Education, the Council of Music Program Leaders, as well as selected PreK-12 educators.
  • The panels will review the proposals based on the relevance to the profession, feasibility of the project, connection among the purpose, questions, population and procedures, clarity of the writing, and the completeness of the submission (all 5 components are addressed).
  • 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 by reviewers blind to the authorship of the proposal.


Notification of Selection Status

  • Notification of selection status will be sent to the primary proposal author by August 30, 2019.
  • Selected proposal teams will be asked to submit confirmation of project completion and a 50-word abstract describing their Amplify 2020 collaborative action research session in June 2020.
  • Additional information on presentation location, format, and logistics will be sent to selected proposal teams in July 2020.


Important Dates

April, 11, 2019

Web portal open for submissions

June 28, 2019

Submission deadline for proposals

August 30, 2019

Notification of acceptance

September 3, 2019

Opening of application portal for regular research and PreK-12 educator sessions for the 2020 conference. You will receive notification of your acceptance prior to the opening of the “regular” session proposal process, and are welcome to submit additional sessions, or a revised session proposal that is not accepted in the collaborative action research round, at this time.

June 2020

Accepted collaborative action research teams will be notified to confirm completion of project and submit 50-word abstract for their conference session

Accepted teams who confirm completion of project will be able to register for the conference.

July 2020

Logistical information will be sent to all session presenters


contact: Lynn Tuttle, NAfME, lynnt@nafme.org or 602-918-5832.

Organizing Committee:
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, Council of Music Program Leaders (CMPL)
Shawn Chastain, Past-Chair, CMPL
Kathleen D. Sanz, NAfME President