CfP: Teaching Music History Conference (and Unconference) (Roosevelt University)

American Musicological Society, Pedagogy Study Group:
“Teaching Music History Conference (and Unconference)”
June 13-14, 2014 – Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois
Deadline: January 31, 2014

The Pedagogy Study Group of the American Musicological Society would like to announce the ninth Teaching Music History Day conference. For this edition we are expanding the length and scope of the conference, including an afternoon devoted to an “unconference” that will be informal and participatory. The conference will take place at Roosevelt University in Chicago, a short distance from Millennium Park and the CSO’s Symphony Center.

Conference sessions:
We invite proposals on all topics related to teaching music history at any level, from high school to graduate school to community engagement. Traditional conference sessions will be 30 minutes in length, including time for questions, and may take the form of a presentation or a teaching demonstration. For these sessions, please submit a 250-word abstract to the address given below.

Proposals for panel discussions, themed sessions of two or more papers, as well as for creative sessions that fall outside of this time limit or structure will also be considered. For panel discussions or themed sessions, submit up to a 500-word abstract clarifying the overall theme, as well as the individual contributions. For “creative” sessions, submit up to a 500-word abstract describing the content of the session and how it would proceed.

Lightning talks:
We invite proposals for 5-10 minute “lightning” presentations that present a single teaching idea, viewpoint, focused study, or position paper on any subject that is relevant to music history teachers. These will be scheduled during the middle of the day. To propose a lightning talk, submit a 150-word abstract describing the idea and how you would communicate it (paper, video, handout, activity, etc.).

Inspired by FlipCamp Music Theory 2013 (, we will devote Saturday afternoon to an “unconference,” in which the procedures are far less formal. More like a seminar than a lecture, the unconference begins a few days before the meeting dates, when participants post topic ideas on a conference website. At the session, participants vote on which topics to discuss. While some may present prepared material, all are encouraged to contribute to each topic. Details will be announced on the AMS Pedagogy Study Group’s webpage at

Send proposals electronically to Matt Baumer, mbaumer at

All proposals for conference sessions and lightning talks must be received by the end of the day on Friday, January 31, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of February, 2014.

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