Enacting Curricular Change in Music Education through Vernacular Music

March 28-30, 2019

A Conference Presented by the Music Education area of the Department of Music and
Center for Popular Music Studies,

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Calls for curricular change in music education abound, but how can we bring this change to our programs, and why is change important? Numerous conferences, publications, and workshops have focused on the inclusion of popular music, vernacular music, progressive methods, and alternative ensembles into the curriculum. More work, however, is needed on exactly how to bring these changes about. This conference will provide an opportunity for various stakeholders in the music education profession, including community music, to bring together resources from a range of programs, organizations, and experiences. We seek to foster conversation and movement toward curricular change through a focus on how to effect small- and large-scale change within various organizations (e.g., schools, districts, universities, community programs). This conference will feature keynote speakers addressing connections between social justice, inclusion, and curricular change; orchestrating change within organizations; and creating and strengthening school-community partnerships. Other highlights include a reception and social events at local venues, performances by vernacular music groups from area schools, teacher workshops, and presentations by K-12, community, and university music teachers.

General Submission Information:
This conference seeks to underscore innovative teaching practices and strategies among school, community, and university music instructors. Practical applications of vernacular music education in today’s classrooms as well as research studies are welcome. Presenters can select one or more of the following presentation formats when submitting proposals.  

– Current Practice Presentations are designed to highlight programs, teaching practices, or research that reflect one or more areas of informal, popular, or vernacular music making, or other relevant topics associated with musical creativity (e.g., composition, hip-hop, improvisation, songwriting). Presenters should impart innovative viewpoints capable of generating thoughtful discussion about the applications of current and future teaching practices. (20-minute presentation followed by discussion)

– Pop News Presentations are designed to highlight current initiatives, curricular designs, pedagogical strategies, student work, position viewpoints, general concerns, or other relevant issues. Shared in a setting akin to a poster session, presenters can select a presentation format that is most conducive to their topic (e.g., poster, laptop presentation, recordings, pictures, models). Accepted presenters should furnish 25 copies of a 1- to 2-page summary of their topic.

– Teaching Workshops are designed to be interactive sessions that present attendees and practicing teachers with pedagogical “how to” strategies associated with a variety of timely issues (e.g., culturally responsive pedagogy, modern band, creativity, technology, ukulele). Selected presenters will have 90 minutes in which to describe their chosen teaching practice, and to facilitate engaging, hands-on learning experiences for audience members.

Submission Procedures:
Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted as an e-mail attachment in PDF format to Lisa Koops (muedconference@case.edu), Case Western Reserve University. Do not include presenter names or other identifying information in the proposal. In the body of the e-mail, however, please indicate the name of the presenter(s), institutional affiliation(s), contact information, and whether the submission is to be considered for a Current Practice Presentation, a Pop News Presentation, or a Teaching Workshop.

Submissions must be received by September 24, 2018. Notification of accepted proposals will be sent on or before November 15, 2018. All proposals will be subject to blind review by an advisory panel. Registration details, lodging information, and an updated conference schedule will be posted on the Enacting Curricular Change in Music Education through Vernacular Music website in Fall 2018 (music.case.edu/musiced/vernacular-conference).

Conference Chairs

Dr. Lisa Huisman Koops and Dr. Nathan Kruse