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September 21-24, 2022 • Long Beach, California

2022 CMS National Conference


Our Mission

The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.

CMS Councils FAQs

What are CMS Councils?

CMS Councils have been around since the founding of the Society.  Advisory committees and councils bring focus to particular areas of music specialty, insuring that the needs of musicians working in these areas are understood and cared for. 

What are the current CMS Councils?

CMS has councils that serve the following areas:

  • At Large, currently representing Music Business, Music Technology, and Music Therapy
  • Composition
  • Cultural Inclusion
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Improvisation
  • Instructional Technology
  • Music in General Studies
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Performance
  • Student Concerns

Can I find out more about the work of the CMS Councils?

For further information about CMS Councils, please visit the "About Us" page located here.

Does CMS care about issues of diversity and inclusion?

Yes. CMS has a long history of work with issues of diversity and cultural inclusion. The Council on Cultural Inclusion has been continually active in this arena since its appointment in the early 1970s. Its work has resulted in publications and conference program presentations.

Does CMS care about music students?

Yes. The concerns and work of music students has long been part of the fabric of CMS. On average, about 20% of all CMS conference programs consist of presentations by students. These students have achieved these conference presentation opportunities via the same rigorous review process applied to faculty and regular CMS members, which attests to the strength of teaching and learning in the music field.