April 16-18: Music School for Tomorrow


CMS Webinars, in collaboration with the Alliance for the Transformation of Musical Academe (ATMA), presents

April 16-18, 2021
Three Days. Six Panels. One Goal: Progress.

‍Facilitated by students from ATMA and the CMS Student Advisory Council.. 

The College Music Society is happy to team up with the Alliance for the Transformation of Musical Academe and present ATMA's first symposium—April 16-18—as part of the CMS Webinar series. Created and facilitated by the ATMA Student Task Force, the event has further evolved in collaboration with the CMS Student Advisory Council and exemplifies the leadership capacities in the current generation of music students. 

***NOTE: during each day of the symposium (April 16-18) there will be a follow up meeting at 5PM ET open to registered audience members. In these meetings we will reflect on the emergent conversation and discuss practical next steps that everyone can take to move our schools forward.***

How is Music Conservatory Education Organized Today?

Join us on April 16th at 12:30 PM ET to hear from a distinguished panel of current and former deans about how the history of music conservatory education informs activist strategies for evolving music studies. This session will explore how institutions can re-define musical excellence, support diverse artistic forms, and include marginalized voices. Register here.

Kate Fitzpatrick- U. Michigan/ Music Education
Ted McDaniel- Ohio State/ Jazz and African American Music
Rosita Sands- Columbia College Chicago/ Black Music & Music Education
Jason Geary- Rutgers/ Musicology
Mark Rabideau- U. Colorado Denver/ Arts Entrepreneurship
Chris Jenkins- Oberlin/ Viola Performance & Musicology

Life After Graduation: “What We Wish We Learned”

Have you ever wondered what music students discover once they graduate and enter the professional world? Do you want to know what students REALLY want to learn during their musical studies? Join us on April 16th at 3:30 PM ET to get tips, tricks, and advice from current students and alumni from 5 different music schools. Register here.

Ali Friedman- U. Michigan 
Ari Schwartz- Indiana 
Daniel Spearman- Oberlin
Molly Jones- U. Michigan 
Alfredo Cabrera- U. Michigan
Anna Gatdula- U. Chicago
Wilfred Farquharson- USC

Foundational Educational Training of 21st Century Musicians

Join us on April 17th at 12:30 PM ET to hear from a wide variety of music professionals to learn about their careers and the skills key to their artistic identity. Topics will include the need for an updated core curriculum,  and how we can supply students with the tools necessary for the 21st century job market. Register here.

Garrett McQueen- Podcaster/ Bassoonist/ Activist
Tawnya Smith- Boston U./ Music Education  
Jeff Scott- Oberlin/ Horn Performance
La Tanya Hall- Oberlin/ Jazz Voice
Anthony Branker- Rutgers/ Jazz, Music Education
Miles Okazaki- U. Michigan/ Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation

Black Music Matters: The New Basis for Musical Education

On April 17th at 3:30 PM ET we invite you to join our panel of Black music professionals to discuss how conservatories have changed in the past 20 years, what progress has been made, and how the Black music tradition may inform and reform the future of American musical education. Register here.


Ed Sarath- U. Michigan/ Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation
Michael Nickens- George Mason U./ Composition & Music Education
Fredara Hadley- Julliard/ Ethnomusicology 
Damani Phillips- U. Iowa/ Jazz 
W. Weldon Hill-  Virginia State University

Moving Towards Intercultural, Interdisciplinary, and Integrative Learning in Music Education

Join us on April 18th at 12:30 PM ET to learn how music institutions can support students with an interest in interdisciplinary fields, how to create an integrated vision of musical studies within the school, and strategies for reframing and expanding what “musical excellence” means. Register here.

Suzanne Hall- Temple U./ Music Education 
David Borgo- UC San Diego/ Integrative Studies
Dana Jessen- Oberlin/ Contemporary Music and Improvisation
Brian Chin- Seattle Pacific University/ Composition
Jenn LaRue- Georgia/ Ethnomusicology
Marc Hannaford- U. Michigan/ Music Theory

Practical Activism in Music Schools

We have gathered a panel full of DEI coordinators, activists, and scholars from around the country to discuss practical strategies for activism within music schools on April 18th at 3:30 PM ET. Join us to discover how to take steps towards change within our institutions. Register here.

Sachet Watson- Indiana U.
Katie Leonard- U. Colorado 
Alexa Smith- Manhattan School of Music
Imani Mosley- U. Florida 
Rikki Morrow-Spitzer- U. Michigan