Call for Participation

Call for Participation: Deadline, 1 December 2018

Pedagogy into Practice: Teaching Music Theory in the Twenty-First Century

University of California, Santa Barbara — 23–25 May 2019

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 the University of California, Santa Barbara on 23–25 May 2019.

Conference website:

The Program Committee, in partnership with the Center and the Editorial Board of
the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy invites proposals for research papers, posters, panels, and workshops/demonstrations that relate to any aspect of music theory pedagogy.

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 theory instructors whose primary specialty lies in other areas (e.g. performance, class piano, music history, 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.

Submit a Proposal

General Guidelines

Proposals should include the following elements, uploaded to the conference website by 1 December 2018.

Complete submissions will include the following information:

  • Proposal Title
  • Author Name(s)
  • Author Email Address(es)
  • An abstract not exceeding 300 words that indicates the presentation’s sources, goals, methods, and results, if applicable. The submitting author is responsible for making sure the abstract contains no identifying information, including author names and institutional affiliations. (Note: If graphics, diagrams or musical examples need to be included in abstract, an additional copy of the abstract with the desired graphics may be sent directly to Jennifer Snodgrass)
  • 3-7 keywords related to the presentation
  • A list of required AV equipment
  • Brief biography of each presenter (100-word maximum per person)

Other Considerations

  • Contributors may submit up to two proposals (as primary author or co-author); the second proposal must be for a different format than the first.
  • All persons whose work is selected for program participation must register for the full conference.
  • The Program Committee may suggest presenters change the type of format.
  • The program will be announced in early February.


  • Paper: 30 minutes (20 minutes to present with 10 for discussion) — 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 and try methods, resources, or products

  • Poster —a compact visual presentation of an idea or project; a free-standing session is allotted for conference posters

  • Panel: 90 minutes — a forum for examining a topic in depth; panels include no more than 4 participants plus moderator (60 minutes for presentations; 30 minutes for audience interaction)

    Program Committee

  • Rebecca Jemian, University of Louisville, Chair

  • Timothy Chenette, Utah State University

  • Bryn Hughes, University of Lethbridge

  • Rachel Mitchell, University of Texas—Rio Grande Valley

  • Susan Piagentini, Northwestern University

  • Derek Remeš, Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg, Germany

  • Jena Root, Youngstown State University