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Meeting Title: 
“Singing the Circle: Kodaly-Inspired Music Education from Birth to Adult” – International Kodaly Society Symposium
Camrose, Alberta CANADA
Date(s) of Meeting:
August 8 -13, 2017
The symbol of the 2017 IKS Symposium is a circle. The circle has long been a sacred symbol. The many medicine wheels that dot the Alberta prairies bear witness to the central importance of the circle to the indigenous peoples of Canada. The circle has also been used as a metaphor for the process of coming to understand, and to represent the reflective practice of teachers and musicians in their work and learning. Perhaps most significantly, the circle symbolizes our journey as humans from birth to death.

The circle is also an important form in music. In addition to canons, which could be said to be musical circles, many of the singing games and dances that we teach as Kodály music educators are circle games, where each person is equally important in the music making and all are welcome. Furthermore, the circle is an apt description of Zoltán Kodály’s ever- expanding influence in the world of music education beginning in and radiating out from Hungary. Kodály wrote of the important work of drawing others into the “happy, magic circle of music,” and this work continues even as we approach the 50th anniversary of Kodály’s death.

The theme of the 2017 Symposium represents an invitation to explore and respond to Kodály’s call to bring others into the circle of music from birth to adulthood and across multiple perspectives and disciplines. We invite delegates to submit proposals for paper, poster, and workshop presentations within each of the ‘circles’ of interest below. We warmly encourage graduate student contributions for poster and paper presentations.
Types of Submissions Sought:
We invite submissions for paper, poster and workshop presentations.
Topics Sought:
THEME ONE - The Circle of Singing: Vocal Pedagogy and Choral Literature

As Kodály music educators, we believe that music education must begin with the person’s natural instrument, the voice. We welcome proposals for scholarly papers, poster presentations, and workshops related to:
• choral and vocal pedagogy
• rehearsing
• conducting
• choral repertoire (Canadian or otherwise)
• children’s choirs
• community and adult choirs
• teaching singing (children, youth, adults)
• ear training and musicianship
• singing and identity
• the changing voice
• issues of gender
• other topics related to singing

THEME TWO - The Circle of ‘Musicking’: Ethnomusicology and Musicology in the Service of Music Education

Kodály advocated for traditional music as a starting place for music education in Hungary. He saw this both as a way of helping the Hungarian people develop a sense of cultural identity, and a pedagogical starting place for encountering the music of the world. Kodály valued cultural musics and promoted and embraced scholarship in the area of ethnomusicology. A recent rethinking of music as situated cultural practice fits with Kodály’s understanding of folk music as music of the people. We welcome proposals for scholarly papers, poster presentations, and workshops related to the diverse practices of music making and music makers throughout the world such as:
• Kodály the composer
• musical practices of specific communities in the contemporary moment and from the past
• childhood musical practices from Canada and around the world
• indigenous musics and pedagogical practices
• social justice in music education
• musical communities and makers of music
• ways of experiencing music and expressing culture
• the meaning of traditional music and the notion of authenticity
• cultural pedagogies

THEME THREE - The Circle of Teaching and Learning: Music Pedagogy and Practice for School, Studio, Choir, Early Childhood, and Community Contexts

Kodály recognized that quality music education depended on the musical and pedagogical skills of the musician-teacher, and advocated for music education that not only developed technical abilities, but musical understanding and aesthetic enjoyment. We welcome proposals for scholarly papers, poster presentations, and workshops related to teaching and learning music in early childhood, elementary, secondary, post-secondary, conservatory, and community settings related to:
• the purpose and value of early childhood musicking and music education
• prenatal music education
• innovative approaches and pedagogies in elementary, secondary and community music settings
• Kodály pedagogy in studio music settings
• Kodály-inspired post-secondary music education
• inclusion practices in music education
• curriculum theory and music education
• differentiated learning

THEME FOUR - Kodály’s Expanding Circle: Revisioning Kodály Pedagogy for the 21st Century

Beloved by his countrymen as a composer, ethnomusicologist, and champion of Hungarian musical and cultural heritage, it was Kodály’s concept for music education that caught the attention of music educators at the world congress of ISME in 1964 in Budapest and began a movement that continues today. We welcome proposals for scholarly papers, poster presentations, and workshops related to:
• the purposes and philosophy of music education
• critical perspectives on music pedagogy and Kodály pedagogy
• other lenses for thinking about our work as (Kodály) music educators
• implications in contemporary research for Kodály practice
• applying the Kodály philosophy outside the music classroom
• community music making and the Kodály approach
• where do we go from here?
Submission Information:
1. In the body of the e-mail please include:
• Title of the presentation
• Name, title & e-mail address for each participant
• Institutional affiliation for each participant
• Biography of each participant (maximum 100 words)

2. Attach a Word document of the following:
• Title of the presentation
• Presentation format (paper, poster or workshop)
• Long abstract (250 – 500 words plus references, if applicable)
• Short abstract (100 – 150 words)

Paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length. Workshop presentations will be 60 minutes in length.

Please email submission to
Deadline for Submissions:
Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2016.
Notification of status of submission by December 31, 2016.
Meeting URL:
Contact Information:
Kim Eyre -
Jody Stark -
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