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

Registration Information
Registration is now available for the Enacting Curricular Change in Music Education through Vernacular Music Conference via the following link: http://cglink.me/r446958

To register, you will need to create a guest account through the Case Western Reserve University Campus Groups platform, but the process is rather straightforward and takes only a few minutes. After clicking the green button to “Register,” complete the information under “Registration Information” and select account type as “Guest” to begin the process of creating an account and registering. Please note that early bird registration for the entire conference is available until March 1st, 2019, for the price of $75. After March 1st, the registration price will increase to $95. There is also a Saturday only registration available, intended for practicing music educators who are only interested in attending the teaching workshops on Saturday. Undergraduate student registration is being offered at the price of $10 with the hopes of welcoming many pre-service music educators as attendees at this conference.

Conference Program
The schedule and program will be posted in early January 2019.

Presenter Information
More information for presenters, including technology and pop news presentation needs, will be posted in early January 2019.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Courtyard Cleveland University Circle for attendees of the conference. The hotel is walking distance to most of the events of the conference as well as a variety or restaurants and museums in the University Circle area. The group rate for the hotel is $165/night and you must make your reservation by February 28th to ensure you receive this rate. Parking at the hotel is valet only and costs $20/day. Click here to make a reservation

Travel Information
University Circle, the location of Case Western Reserve University and the Marriott Courtyard Cleveland University Circle, is a 22 minute drive from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. There is public transportation available from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport via the RTA, although the journey via public transportation will take at least an hour. You can learn more about the RTA via their website.

There are also a variety of taxi and rideshare options available at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Both Lyft and Uber are active in Cleveland. More transportation information can be found on the CWRU website.

Restaurants/Area Recommendations
Case Western Reserve University is located in the University Circle area of Cleveland, home to world-renowned museums, beautiful parks, and a great diversity of restaurants. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, and Cleveland Museum of Natural History are all walking distance from the CWRU campus. You are encouraged to learn more about “Ohio’s Most Spectacular Square Mile.”