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Ann Arbor Symposium IV: Teaching and Learning Popular Music

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November 18-21, 2015
School of Music, Theatre & Dance

In the tradition of the Ann Arbor Symposia of 1978, 1979, and 1981, Symposium IV provides a forum for interdisciplinary discourse. The Symposium IV topic is the teaching and learning of popular music in elementary, secondary, and tertiary education. We welcome contributions from musicological, theoretical, and pedagogical perspectives. The primary goal is to examine how popular music and culture influences the ways we perform, create, analyze, listen to, and think about music in teaching and learning contexts, especially embracing intersections between the disciplines. Submissions are invited for spoken papers, poster presentations, and collaborative sessions on a special topic.

Symposium topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Frameworks, conceptualizations, and analyses of popular music
  • Historical developments and traditions in popular music
  • Popular musicianship in the digital era
  • World music and popular music
  • Popular music and creativity
  • Policy issues of popular music in school curricula

Guest Speakers

Lori Burns, University of Ottawa
John Covach, University of Rochester Institute for Popular Music
Robert Fink, University of California, Los Angeles
Lauri Väkevä, Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki
Jacqueline Warwick, Dalhousie University
Ruth Wright, Western University

Spoken papers are 30 minutes in length, including 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

Posters are exhibited in a single session for viewing and discussion with authors. Poster format details are provided with poster acceptance notification.

Collaborative sessions are 85 minutes in length, consisting of three 20-minute spoken papers focused on a special topic, followed by 25 minutes for discussion. Each session is organized by a moderator who develops a theme, engages additional authors (of which the moderator may be one), submits a proposal, and upon acceptance, chairs the session and coordinates discussion.


Proposals for each type of contribution should be 500 words in length, detailing the purpose, methodology, findings, and recommendations of the study, using Times 12-point font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, in pdf format, without author information. Each proposal should be attached to an email providing author name, title, school affiliation, and full return contact information. Send proposals to [email protected]. Questions about the submission process or Symposium IV should be directed to:

Carlos Xavier Rodriguez1er juin 2015.
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2085
[email protected]

Proposals must be received by June 1, 2015.  Notification of acceptance will be made by June 15, 2015.  Upon acceptance of the proposal, abstracts of 250 words will be requested of participants and printed in the Symposium program. For updated information on the Symposium, please visit the Symposium website: music.umich.edu/symposium

Michael L. Mark Music Research Award

The Department of Music Education is proud to announce a new award honoring the contributions of University of Michigan alumnus Michael L. Mark to the music education profession.  The recipient will receive $1,000. This award is competitive and intended for scholars who have received their terminal degree within the past five years. Evaluative criteria include research questions based on a well-articulated theoretical framework, appropriate methodology, integrity of analysis and interpretation, and concise writing. Applicants must submit a successful proposal for the Symposium as described above, then submit the completed research paper, 5,000 words maximum, APA style, pdf format, along with a one-page resume by September 1, 2015 to [email protected].  Submissions will be judged by a committee of interdisciplinary scholars. The winner will present the research paper and receive the award in a special session at the culmination of Symposium IV.

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