Call for Participation

Call for Participation: Deadline, January 15
Pedagogy into Practice: Teaching Music Theory in the Twenty-First Century
Lee University (Cleveland, TN) — June 1-4, 2017

The Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Center for Music Theory Pedagogy is pleased to announce Pedagogy into Practice: Teaching Music Theory in the Twenty-First Century, a conference to be held at Lee University (Cleveland, TN) on June 1-4, 2017. Conference website:

The Center, in partnership with the editorial boards of the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy and Music Theory Pedagogy Online welcomes proposals for research papers, posters, panels, demonstrations, and workshops that relate to any aspect of music theory pedagogy. The Program Committee is particularly interested in contributions that emphasize scholarship of teaching, curricular initiatives, classroom technology, assessment, AP music theory, and integrating performance with theory. The conference will provide a forum for all who wish to share ideas about teaching music theory. We encourage students, high school teachers, community college instructors, and faculty at both large and small institutions to participate in this important event. We especially welcome faculty theory instructors whose primary specialty lies in other areas (e.g. performance, musicology, music education, etc.).

Student Presenters please note: The best student paper/presentation will be awarded an honorarium and publication in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy.

General Guidelines

Proposals should include the following elements, uploaded to the conference website by January 15, 2017.

  1. The proposal title, format (see below), and key words to indicate the specialty area(s).
  2. An abstract not exceeding 250 words (no footnotes; optional: 1 musical example).
  3. A separate file with brief biography of all presenters (100 word maximum per person).
  4. A list of required audio-visual equipment.

Complete submissions will include two files, in pdf format only: (1) title and abstract (without author names); (2) presenter names linked with the presentation title, presenter bios, and list of AV equipment.

Other Considerations

  • Contributors may submit up to two proposals (as primary author or co-author).
  • All persons whose work is selected for program participation must register for the full conference.
  • The name or affiliation of anyone involved in the presentation should not appear in the title, abstract, or pdf filename of the proposal.


  • Paper: 30 minutes (20 minutes to present with 10 for discussion) — papers present original research or significant discoveries related to teaching.
  • Workshop/Demonstration: 45 minutes — a hands-on, interactive session designed to enable conference attendees to learn about methods, resources, or products and try them themselves.
  • Poster — presents an idea or project in a more informal setting — time will be allotted during the conference for poster presenters to interact with interested individuals.
  • Panel: 90 minutes — provides the opportunity to examine a topic in depth; panels include no more than 4 participants plus moderator (60 minutes for presentations; 30 minutes for audience interaction).

Program Committee

  • Elizabeth West Marvin, Eastman School of Music, Chair
  • Jena Root, Youngstown State University
  • Patricia Burt, Harford Community College
  • Steve Laitz, Juilliard School
  • David Castro, St. Olaf College
  • David Thurmaier, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Rebecca Jemian, University of Louisville