Call for Working Groups

Submission Deadline: 12 Noon Mountain Time on Tuesday, November 30, 2021

The College Music Society (CMS) is pleased to announce its 65th National Conference in Long Beach, California, September 22–24, 2022, in conjunction with the 2022 National Conferences of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI), the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI), and Pi Kappa Lambda (PKL).

The Society’s common topic this year is “Leading Change,” and our conference will endeavor to be a model for how music in higher education can treat popular, traditional, classical, and experimental musical practices in an equitable way. It will also explore actions that can help our profession navigate the necessary “epistemic shift in the ways in which we prepare musicians for the challenges and opportunities of living, learning, and teaching” in our hybrid world.

The Program Committee invites proposals for “working groups.” A new format for CMS conferences, “working groups” developed from previously-featured “campfire discussions.” In campfire discussions, moderators introduced a problem that needs to be solved, led an extended group discussion, and closed by summarizing the discussion. In recent conferences, “campfire discussions” have been some of the liveliest sessions. The problem was that the excellent ideas and discussions generated by these sessions often stopped at the end of the conference. A “working group” seeks to extend the dialogue beyond the boundaries of the conference venue via a post-conference project.

“Working groups” proposals should come from groups of 2–4 facilitators, preferably representing multiple disciplines and career phases. At the conference, accepted “working groups” will get a 55-minute session, during which:

  • The facilitators outline the problem and current thoughts about the problem (10–15 minutes)
  • The facilitators will lead a group discussion, allowing the audience to dictate the direction of the conversation based on the facilitators’ introductory ideas (30 minutes)
  • The facilitators will summarize and then, with the audience, determine the next steps to be taken (10 minutes)

After the conference, the facilitators, with volunteers from the session, will develop an end project, which might be an article, a set of actions, a performance, an exhibit, a website, a manifesto, a white paper, a new collaborative project, or something else. The end product should be complete no later than September 2023.

We encourage, but do not require, working group participants to submit a proposal to present the end product at the 2023 CMS National Conference. If the end product is a publication of some sort (including a recorded performance), we urge working groups to consider CMS publications.

The Program Committee encourages, and will give priority to, proposals that:

      1. Relate to the Society’s emphasis on leading change that will help produce a just and relevant music academia;

      2. Promote innovative and ethical scholarship, performance and teaching on musical cultures of marginalized populations, particularly Indigenous, Black and trans/non-binary peoples; and

      3. Address the concept of “crossing borders” in its formation and sensibility, or the musical cultures and practices of Borderlands and/or Southern California.

      4. Explore the life and works of musicians for whom the year 2022 is significant.

Please note:

  • Proposals related to the use, study, or impact of technology on music in higher education, or which primarily focus on music software, technological trends, and/or products designed to enhance the musical experience will not be considered by CMS. Instead, please submit such proposals to the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI).

 

PREPARATION OF MATERIALS

Electronic submissions are required. Proposals sent by mail will not be considered.

To support the anonymous review process, the name(s) or affiliation(s) of anyone involved in the presentation should not appear in the title or abstract, nor in the file names or body of submitted supplementary materials, as submissions are evaluated anonymously. Proposals identifying the proposer or co-presenters will be disqualified. Names and affiliations may appear in the “Co-Facilitator” section of the proposal and in submitted biographies, however, as the review committee will not have access to this information.

The College Music Society’s conference submission process is powered by Submittable. To submit a proposal, please (1) log in to the CMS members-only website using your username and password and then (2) click the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of this call. You will be directed to Submittable to complete your proposal. If you don’t already have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to establish one. (Click here for help using Submittable and to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions.)

A complete proposal includes:

  1. The proposal’s title.
  2. An abstract of 250 words or less.

    Preparing an Abstract—The Program Committee chooses presentations based primarily on the abstract as submitted, so it is important to write an abstract that the Committee will understand and can evaluate fairly. The purpose of the abstract is to convey to the reader what will be said in the presentation. Do not merely describe the subject or list the topics to be covered. Rather, state the main point of the presentation, outline the subsidiary points, and summarize the evidence offered, so that someone who has not heard the presentation can know in brief what it will say and can evaluate its contribution to our knowledge and understanding of music. The abstract, like the presentation itself, should be clear to an audience of musicians and music educators of all kinds, not just to those with a narrow specialty. While it may be necessary to set the context or lay out the problem to be addressed, this should be kept to a minimum.

  3. Optional: You may add up to 3 supporting materials to your proposal. These might include printed music examples, photos, statistics, or relevant data. Do not include lengthy documents, dissertations, CVs, resumes, or PowerPoint presentations. Neither file names nor uploaded materials should identify the proposer or any collaborators.
  4. A list of required equipment and Internet needs (Internet connections may include a fee).
  5. A biography of the proposer and each co-facilitator (250-word maximum per person).
  6. Contact details for all personnel involved in the presentation, including an email address, mailing address, and phone number for each person, as well as an institutional affiliation, if applicable.

When referencing one’s own previously published research, the proposer should refer to such research in the third person to avoid identifying themselves. For example, hypothetical proposal submitter D. Graham should write, “D. Graham’s article, ‘XYZ,’ summarizes pertinent issues,” instead of writing, “My article, ‘XYZ,’ summarizes pertinent issues.” The wording in the first example protects the anonymity of the author, while the second compromises the author’s anonymity by linking the author of the proposal to previously published work by a named author.

Submissions that do not conform to the above guidelines will not be considered.

 

TIMELINE

Proposals must be submitted by 12 noon Mountain Time on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

Proposers will be notified of their status by Thursday, March 24, 2022.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

  • If the program must be moved from an in-person to an online venue for any reason, the Program Committee reserves the right to request that presenters alter the duration and structure of their presentations to better accommodate the virtual format.
  • Prior to submission, proposers must communicate with all co-presenters regarding their interest and availability. Proposals not listing all participants will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.
  • All persons whose work is selected for inclusion on the program are expected to register for and attend the full conference. If the proposal is accepted, proposers will be asked to communicate with all participants in the presentation to ensure their registration by early summer 2022. At its discretion, the Program Committee may exempt from the registration and membership requirements specific individuals, such as non-music professionals. It is the responsibility of the individual who submits the proposal to, upon acceptance, make conference planners aware of any non-music professionals involved in their presentation and to request such an exemption.
  • The College Music Society does not fund travel expenses of accepted presenters.
  • Proposers must submit their own work and may not submit proposals on behalf of their students or others.
  • Proposals of a commercial nature that promote products and services will not be considered.

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • The Primary proposer must be a current member of The College Music Society. Persons interested in submitting a proposal should check their membership status well in advance of the submission deadline. Please note the processing time for membership applications and/or renewals is 1–2 business days.
  • It is not necessary for the co-facilitator(s) to be a current member of CMS at the time of submission; however, if invited to the program, they must join the organization.

 

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION & PARTICIPATION POLICY

  • Each member may submit only ONE proposal for this call.
  • Each member is limited to TWO submissions to all calls for this conference (e.g., one working group + one paper).
  • If a member submits more than one proposal to the conference, each submission should be unique and content may not be duplicated, either in response to this Call or any other Calls for this conference, including proposals submitted to ATMI and PKL.
  • Each member may be added by others as a co-presenter (e.g., panelist or accompanist) to a maximum of TWO proposals.
  • The maximum number of presentations in which a member may be involved on the conference program is TWO. If more than two proposals involving the same member are accepted – regardless of whether the member submitted the proposal or was added to another member’s proposal – the individual in question must choose in which two presentations they will participate.

 

QUESTIONS?

Questions regarding this call should be directed to:
Eric Hung, 2022 Program Chair

Questions concerning conference operations should be directed to:
Peter S. Park, CMS Director of Professional Activities

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