Pedagogies and Innovations in Music: Call for Proposals

“Pedagogies and Innovations in Music” is a new book series published by Routledge, in partnership with the College Music Society. We are seeking short studies and manuals (25,000-50,000 words) from a variety of music disciplines engaged in pedagogical discovery and innovative approaches to learning, creativity, performance, and scholarship. We particularly solicit proposals that:

  • Provide faculty and administrators new ideas about curriculum in higher education in music
  • Provide instructors and future instructors evidence-based discussions on pedagogical methods for teaching music (classroom, masterclass, coachings, private lessons)
  • Provide faculty and administrators strategies that allow them to improve their careers and lives
  • Provide instructors articles on music outside the traditional Western canon that are accessible to undergraduate students
  • Provide researchers quick guides on emerging methodologies, theories and areas of study

Your proposal should provide the Pedagogies and Innovations in Music Series Editor, its Editorial Board, and the publisher with sufficient information to make a publishing decision about the project. With this in mind, your proposal (maximum of four single-spaced pages) should address five main areas:

1. A Statement of Aims

  • Briefly and concisely state the main themes and objectives of the proposed book. Please give a one or two paragraph summary of the content of the book.
  • What are its main themes and objectives?
  • What are you doing differently, in a more innovative way, or better than existing books?
  • Please also provide a concise (150-200 word) and compelling abstract for the book.

2. A Detailed Synopsis, including Chapter Summaries

  • Please provide a proposed table of contents with chapter titles and subheads.
  • Include chapter headings, and provide at least one paragraph of explanation on what you intend to cover in each chapter.
  • Indicate the basic structure and features of each chapter (e.g., introduction, argument summary, case studies, etc.).
  • If an edited collection, please also provide a list of the expected authors and their affiliations, and indicate whether they have agreed to contribute.

3. A Description of the intended readership

  • Please discuss the intended audience for your book. Is it written primarily for scholars/researchers (if so, what disciplines), professionals/practitioners (if so, which fields), undergraduate/graduate students (if so, what disciplines)?
  • Will this book have international appeal? If so, where?
  • Writing Style: Is the writing accessible to the intended audience?

4. A Review of the Main Competing Titles

  • List the 3-5 main competing (or most similar existing) titles. Provide a few sentences of explanation for each title. These could be books covering the same subject matter, or books that are related in terms of field of research or cuttingedge argument. What are their strengths and weaknesses? What distinguishes your book from the existing competition?

5. Format and Timeline

  • Provide a realistic date for when you intend to submit the final manuscript. If this is an edited collection, remember to allow time for revisions to individual chapters once contributors have delivered them.
  • Word count for the complete book – please remember that maximum word count for this series is 50,000 words including footnotes and citations.
  • How many diagrams, illustrations, or tables will there be (approximately)?
  • Third party material: Please give a clear indication of any content to be included in the book that will come from another source (i.e., previously published material or illustrations).

6. Bibliography (if appropriate)

  • Provide a bibliography of no more than one page of sources that are relevant to your proposed book.


  • 1-2 chapters, preferably including the introduction.
  • Your CV

For further information about the series or to submit a proposal, please email Eric Hung, Pedagogies and Innovations in Music Series Editor, at [email protected]