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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.

Annual Common Topics

The Society addresses each year a topic of importance to its membership. These topics are addressed each spring, during each CMS Regional Conference, and receive further focus during the annual National Conference in the fall. Past topics include the following:

  • 2003: What you can do with a Degree in Music: Career Options Outside of Music Teaching and Performance
  • 2004: Given three wishes, what would you change about your role as a musician/teacher in academe, in your community, and in American society?
  • 2005: Considering Curricular Challenges: Balancing Emerging Student and Cultural Demands with Traditional Teaching and Learning
  • 2006: Education in music is every musician's responsibility
  • 2007: The Future of CMS: Beyond Our Disciplines
  • 2008: The Relevance of the Current Curriculum to Today's Students
  • 2009: Music in a Changing Society
  • 2010: 2010nationaltopic
  • 2011: Cultural responses to economic challenges
  • 2012: ADVOCATE!
  • 2013: Inclusivity and Invention
  • 2014: Confluence: Music, Culture, and Community
  • 2015: Sustainability
  • 2016: Transformation
  • 2017: Reflect — Celebrate — Innovate 
  • 2018: Diversity and Inclusion
  • 2019 & 2020: Fostering Equity and Opportunity in Music
  • 2021–2023: Leading Change