Call for Conference Proposals
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The Music Research Nexus

The University of Georgia, Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Call for Conference Proposals
Meeting Title: 
New Directions in Music Education
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Date(s) of Meeting:
February 27-29, 2020
Description of Meeting:
Embracing Agency and Activism: Policy and the Future of Music Education
Types of Submissions Sought:
Research Paper Presentations and Research Posters
Description of Types of Submissions Sought:
Submissions may include, but are not limited to:
  • Paper presentations: Individual paper presentations will be organized into sessions, related by topic area and assigned a discussant. (20 min.)
  • Panels: Panels may be pre-constituted and include 3-4 individuals including a moderator, plus a possible discussant. (40 min.)
  • Poster: Posters will display on-going research, service, advocacy, or activist projects.
  • Workshop: A facilitated activity involving 1 or more presenters. (50 min.) • Facilitated Discussion: Discussion with a set topic and a moderator. (50 min.)
  • Musicking: Musicking experiences/facilitations/performances that address the conference theme through a range of media. Submissions could include audio or video recordings if appropriate. Participants are encouraged to propose alternative presentation formats to those mentioned above.
Research Topics Sought:
The 2020 New Directions conference seeks to broaden and humanize policy for students, teachers, and communities. We invite submissions from across the spectrum of inquiry on pressing questions, including but not limited to:
  • How does music education fit into the broader landscape of schools and educational policy?
  • What policies and policy-makers are impacting music education?
  • How can music educators have agency in the policy development and implementation processes?
  • How can policy support goals around educational equity, justice, and activism?
  • What should the future of music education be and how do policies support or hinder this?
Submission Information:
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to by October 1, 2019. Panel proposals require an abstract describing both the panel and the individual papers. For discussions, describe how the time will be utilized and the topic facilitated. Workshop presenters should address methodology, pedagogy, and desired learning outcomes in their submission. Musicking proposals must connect their work to the conference theme and briefly describe the optimal setting for their work. Conference notifications will be sent out by mid-November 2019.

Papers will be selected through anonymous peer review by the New Directions Editorial Board. Please observe the following procedures to enable the review process:
  1. Attach a short biographical note of 50 words on a separate page.
  2. Please include your name, institution, abstract, title of session, list of participants (if applicable), and e-mail address with your submission.
  3. DO NOT include your name on the same page as the abstract.
  4. Type “New Directions 2020 Abstract” in the subject line of your email.
Deadline for Submissions and Timeline for Acceptance of Proposals:
October 1, 2019
Inquiries About the Conference Proposal Should Be Directed To:
Ryan Shaw (
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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