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The Music Research Nexus

The University of Georgia, Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Call for Conference Proposals
Meeting Title: 
Advancing Music Education through Assessment: Honoring Culture, Diversity, and Practice The 7th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education
University of Florida Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Date(s) of Meeting:
March 19-22, 2019
Description of Meeting:
This symposium brings together music education professionals worldwide to share the latest research, thought, and practice in assessment in music education. We invite primary and secondary school music educators, higher education professionals and music education researchers, national, state and local education officials from across the world to join us.

As music educators worldwide face increased expectations for accountability of learning in music classrooms, it is vital that the assessment of musical learning remains authentic to the musical cultures, music learners, and contexts in which it takes place. This symposium focuses on the ways in which music educators across the world are advancing excellence in music education while meeting the demands of accountability and maintaining musical authenticity of assessment processes and methods.
Types of Submissions Sought:
Research Paper Presentations and Research Posters
Description of Types of Submissions Sought:
We seek submissions for research papers, posters, panel discussions, and assessment practice papers that address the symposium theme and key questions. Details of the submission process and registration are available at
Research Topics Sought:
The Topics and Key Questions for this symposium arise from the International Principles for Assessment in Music Education that were presented at the 2017 symposium in Birmingham, UK.
  • Shared Language. How can we, as a profession, advance the use of commonly accepted definitions of assessment, measurement, and evaluation?
  • Quality. In what ways do assessments developed for music education meet internationally accepted norms for validity, reliability, and fairness, and focus on student learning?
  • Music learning. What models, designs, and practices are most successful in assessing student learning in music in diverse educational contexts?
  • Effective data use. In what ways are music educators using assessment data effectively to improve music teaching and learning?
  • Data analysis. In what ways are music assessment data analyzed to yield meaningful information in different contexts?
  • Evaluation. What forms, tools, or processes are used to assess and/or evaluate the practices of music teaching and learning?
  • Unintended consequences. What unforeseen and unplanned outcomes of assessment and evaluation have been observed?
  • Ethical obligations. How does the profession ensure that the ethical obligations of assessment in music education (professional competency, integrity, honesty, confidentiality, objectivity, and fairness) are met?
Submission Information:
We seek submissions for research papers, posters, panel discussions, and assessment practice papers that address the symposium theme and key questions. Details of the submission process and registration are available at
Deadline for Submissions and Timeline for Acceptance of Proposals:
Submissions are due by Friday, September 7, 2018. Proposals can be considered for session presentation or the Symposium poster session, or both. All submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel of prominent music educators, and notifications will be completed by November 16, 2018. Early submissions are encouraged.
Meeting URL:
Inquiries About the Conference Proposal Should Be Directed To:
Timothy S. Brophy, Chair,
A Note from Brian Wesolowski:

The mission of the Music Research Nexus is to connect those involved in music education/music therapy research at higher education institutions. 

1. Music education/music therapy position vacancies
2. Calls for international, national, and state music education conferences
3. Calls for nominations for service-related activities
4. Calls for papers
5. Research funding/award opportunities

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