The MayDay Group was founded by Thomas A Regelski and J Terry Gates in the winter of 1993. They invited twenty music education theorists and methods experts in the USA, Canada and England to meet in Buffalo, New York on May 1-2, 1993 with the intention of critically reexamining the status of practice in music education. By 1997 the MayDay Group website came online, and in 2002, the group’s first open-access journal, Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, under the original editorship of Thomas Regelski, was born.
The MayDay Group’s name, perhaps unusual for a group devoted to music education, reflects the following:
First: The first meeting was on May 1, 1993.
Second: MayDay is the international distress signal, and we believed at the time that the profession was in distress. The MayDay Group intended from the beginning to be international, partially as a way to lift the discussion above national politics, partially as a way to broaden the base of experience upon which each of its members can draw.
Third: MayDay is a springtime celebration of renewal and fertility in some cultures, but it is also a date that has been used in some countries to commemorate revolutionary action. The MayDay Group intends to move its agenda forward, reflecting renewal and action.
For a personal history of the MayDay Group, written by J. Terry Gates in 1999, click here.