CMS Committee for Academic Citizenship “Student Bill of Rights Listening Session"

The CMS Committee on Academic Citizenship invites undergraduate and graduate music students to attend our upcoming virtual Listening Session on Tuesday, August 9 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm EST to discuss the formation of a CMS Student Bill of Rights. This conversation will examine the unique needs of music students in higher education, with a particular focus on the interpersonal relationships between students, their peers, and their professors. 

The facilitators of this Listening Session aim to create a brave and open space for music students to voice their experiences, observations, and concerns about their needs within the space of higher education. In order to achieve this goal, session attendance will be limited to students only (both undergraduate and graduate). Membership with CMS is not an attendance requirement for this session. 

We highly encourage you to share this information with the students at your institution, as CMS greatly values and actively seeks their insights and experiences. Any questions regarding the format, purpose, or logistics of this Listening Session may be directed towards Hannah Pearson, CMS Director of Operations ([email protected]).

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 9th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm

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Session Hosts:

  • Jenn LaRue (PhD Candidate, The University of Georgia)
  • Kate Hamori (MA/MLS Candidate, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music)

Further Hosts/Support:

  • Monique Van Willingh (Director of Cultural Equity and Belonging, New England Conservatory)
  • Hannah Pearson (Director of Operations, The College Music Society)

Creating a Student Bill of Rights:

Responding to increased discussion among undergraduate and graduate students in our institutions, a subcommittee of the Committee on Academic Citizenship (together with members of the Student Advisory Council) has begun work crafting a Student Bill of Rights to address the needs of students in music higher education. The Bill of Rights will highlight issues of student agency, power dynamics, and identity as vital components of students’ overall health, safety, and success on campus. 

A Student Bill of Rights created and supported by CMS will take into account the specific needs of music students, which differ from the general population of students on campus. Based on students’ responses to surveys and a CMS listening session, the Music Student Bill of Rights will provide a detailed statement of basic music student rights in areas including but not limited to identity, learning and working environments, educational and performance practices, behavioral and psychological climates, and values of diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

A CMS Student Bill of Rights will create a definitive statement of the values expected of institutions when it comes to the treatment of undergraduate and graduate students. Furthermore, it will give students a better understanding of their rights, equip them to address issues on campus, and give educators a tool to help protect students against dehumanizing administrative policies. Panelists will discuss the ongoing creation of the document and points that are of special importance to music students, as well as strategize ways to encourage institutions to adopt the Student Bill of Rights.

Event Summary

Event Date 08-09-2022
Event End Date 08-09-2022
Cut off date 08-10-2022

Registration is closed.