- ACT 18.3 now available online
- World Music Pedagogy Workshop – Society for Ethnomusicology
- Persons with Disabilities in Arts, Science and Education Conference
- ISME World Conference & Pre-Conference Seminars
- Association for Popular Music Education (APME) Conference
- International Summit on Gender, Sexuality, and Equity in Grove Music Online **EXTENDED DEADLINE**
- Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA) Clinic/Conference
- Assistant Professor of Music Education (2 positions) – Boston University
- Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education – Florida State University
- Assistant Professor of Music Education – University of Kansas
- Assistant Professor of Music Education (Choral) – Southern Methodist University
- Assistant/Associate Professor of Music Education – Illinois State University
- Assistant Professor of Choral Music – University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
- Assistant Professor of Music Education – St. Olaf College
- Associate or Full Professor of Music Education – Northwestern University
- Assistant Professor of Music Education – Rowan University
- Assistant Professor of Music Education (Choral) – Shenandoah University
- Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of Music Education – Texas State University
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For those of you turning your thoughts to conferences, there are several calls for proposals in this MDG newsletter for you, including GMEA, VMEA, PMEA, the Symposium on Research in Choral Singing, the New York State School Winter Conference, and the CMS Pacific Southwest Conference. For those on the job hunt or looking for a change, there are a few position vacancies as well.
- Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference
- Symposium on Research in Choral Singing – American Choral Directors Association
- Virginia Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference
- 2020 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Annual In-Service Conference
- New York State School Music Association Winter Conference
- College Music Society – 7th Pacific Southwest Conference, “Music and Social Justice: Issues in Diversity,
- Sustainability, and Engagement”
- Assistant Professor of Music Education – St. Olaf College
Executive Director – Feierabend Association for Music Education
Assistant/Associate Professor/Director of Wind Band Studies – Pennsylvania State University
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This newsletter contains several important announcements, the first being that the new publication of ACT (volume 18 issue 2) now available online. ACT has also released a call for papers for the next special edition on neoliberalism which might interest many of our members. We hope that preparations for the new academic year go well for you all. Enjoy the month of August!
- Act 18.2 is now available online
- Book Release: Teaching Music: The Urban Experience (Routledge)
- Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education (ACT)
- ISME Publications Committee
- Teaching and Learning Difficult Topics in the Music Classroom
- International Summit on Gender, Sexuality, and Equity in Grove Music Online
- Teaching Electronic Music (Routledge Modern Musicology in the College Classroom Series)
- Society for Ethnomusicology Education Section – World Music Pedagogy Workshop
- Choir Director – Delaware State University
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A special issue critically examining the influence of neoliberal capitalism on music education
Neoliberal capitalism is a contemporary political and economic ideology favouring free trade, privatization, minimal government influence on business, and reduced public expenditure on social services. Its influence has been cited as the engine behind rising social and economic inequality worldwide and as the basis of citizens’ loss of a sense of social responsibility in numerous world societies. In recent years, increasing numbers of scholars have decried the influence of neoliberal capitalist ideology on education, arguing that its influence has collapsed education into training and that educational institutions have largely adopted the mission of business schools (e.g., Apple, 2011, Giroux, 2019).
Some might argue that music education has accorded with a neoliberal capitalist orientation throughout its history, insofar as music teachers have placed greater emphasis in their teaching on performances and on the creation of musical works (both as marketable products) and less on fostering students’ understanding of the cultural practices from which they emerge and the social processes they reflect. Others maintain that education in music and “the arts” within the study of “the humanities” has served—and continues to serve—as an important balancing force in society, asserting that it promotes co-operation, collaboration, empathy, reading ability, critical analysis, and aesthetic discernment, as well as awareness of history, valuing of cultural differences, and consideration of non-conformist thinking.
With these perspectives in mind, the editors of ACT invite submissions for a special issue critically examining the influence of neoliberal capitalism on music education.
- How does the competitive market logic of neoliberal capitalism influence the teaching and assessment practices of music educators?
- How might technologies of music lesson planning, such as backward design (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005), contribute to advancing neoliberal educational thinking within music education?
- What might be the role of music education methods, or methodolatries (Regelski, 2002), in reinforcing neoliberal thinking in students? Do they serve as balancing forces in education, and if so, how?
- How do neoliberal capitalist notions of creativity converge with and diverge from the concepts of musical creativity espoused within the field of music education?
- In what ways does a primary curricular focus on western art music support a neoliberal agenda? (The same question could be asked of multicultural music education, with its embrace of so-called “world music.”)
- How might music education be envisioned in a society whose politics and economy are evolving away from the economic extremes of neoliberal capitalism and toward a more socially balanced and societally equitable alternative? What are such alternatives, and how might musicians and music educators be supporting or hindering such evolution?
Please submit your paper via e-mail no later than midnight, March 1, 2020 to the ACT Co-Editors: Dr. Deborah Bradley at email@example.com and Dr. Scott Goble at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals will be blind reviewed and notification will be sent via email by June 1, 2020.
Apple, M. W. (2011). Democratic education in neoliberal and neoconservative times, International Studies in Sociology of Education, 21(1): 21-31. DOI: 10.1080/09620214.2011.543850
Giroux, H. A. (2019). Authoritarianism and the challenge of higher education in the age of Trump. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, 18(1): 6–25. DOI: 10.22176/act18.1.6
Regelski, T. A. (2002). On “methodolatry” and music teaching as critical and reflective praxis. Bloomington, IN: Philosophy of Music Education Review, 10(2): 102-123. ISSN: 1543-3412
Wiggins, G., & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by design. (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development. ISBN-13: 978-1416600350
- Book Announcement – Music Education for Social Change: Constructing an Activist Music Education, by Juliet Hess
- Book Announcement – The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical and Qualitative Assessment in Music Education edited by David J. Elliott, Marissa Silverman, and Gary E. McPherson
- eBooks and eMaterials Publisher Launch – F Flat Books
- Inaugural Issue – International Journal of Music in Early Childhood
- 2019 AES High School Audio Educators Conference
- The 2nd International Society for Music Education (ISME) South Asia Regional Conference
- Assistant Professor & Director of Bands – Murray State University
- Assistant Lecturer in Education (Music Education) – Mary Immaculate College
- Temporary Instructor, Orchestra and String Education – Arkansas State University
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Join us on the MDG Facebook group or our Twitter feed to engage in a discussion around Dan Shevock’s newest TOPICS publications. Dan has generously generated discussion questions to encourage conversation.
Waste in Popular Music Education: Rock’s Problematic Metaphor and Instrument-Making for Eco-Literacy
Daniel J. Shevock
Penn State Altoona & State College Friends School, PA, USA
Abstract: Popular music education can ease or worsen the waste problem. Waste refers to things with “no value,” and the Global North produces a lot of waste. Not limited to material, waste can be seen as a dominant metaphor in rock music. The guiding question for this essay is, what opportunity does rock music present for cultivating eco-literacy through music? Before we can find solutions though, we need to recognize rock’s distinctive ecological challenges. Popular music is both implicated in the challenge of waste, and can help music educators explore opportunities for resistance. In music education, qualitative research suggests instrument-making increases knowledge, interest, creativity, and builds attachment to an instrument, in addition to reducing material waste. In our field’s move to incorporate popular musics, instrument-making can be a part of eco-literate music pedagogy.
Keywords: popular music education, rock music, eco-literacy, waste, instrument-making
Discussion questions from the author:
- I argue for a link between material and metaphorical waste. The root seems to be capitalism. But what is the nature of that correlation? It doesn’t seem to be a numeric relationship—e.g., 1 hr. of metaphorical waste = 1 lb. of material waste. But we produce metaphorical waste (nonmusicians, “F” grades, dropouts, passivity) as well as material waste (e-waste, plastics, CO2); and those two seem connected in some way.
- Rock isn’t the only wasteful or even the most consumed genre. In 2018, Rock represents 14% of album consumption, where Hip-Hop/Rap represents 21.7%, Pop 20.1%, R&B 10.6%, Latin 9.4%, County 8.7%, EDM 3.9%, and Religious 3.2% (link: https://www.statista.com/statistics/310746/share-music-album-sales-us-genre/). How is waste embedded and challenged in these other genres; and as we incorporate these genres in school music do we worsen or alleviate metaphorical waste by privileging those who have access to instruction (often suburbanites), and inhibiting those who do not?
- Orr conceives of eco-literacy as comprehending “interrelatedness” and cultivating an “attitude of care or stewardship.” What additional opportunities for cultivating eco-literacy through popular music education did I miss by focusing on a teaching technique (instrument-making) and teacher awareness of the “postmodern r’s”?
In this newsletter, we are pleased to announce publication of TOPICS 2019:02 by Daniel J. Shevock. There are several calls for proposals of interest, including ISME’s 34th World Conference, New Directions in Music Education, the 4th Symposium for LGBTQ Studies and Music Education, and the Symposium on Eudaimonia, Music, and Music Education. A reminder to those of you submitting proposals to the ISME Legacy Conference in Istanbul, Turkey that the deadline for submissions is July 5th, 2019.
In addition, the newsletter includes calls for papers and other submissions from:
- New Directions in Music Education – Call for Conference Proposals (due October 1, 2019)
- 34th World Conference International Society for Music Education – Call for Submissions (due July 5, 2019)
- The Places and Purposes of Popular Music Education – Call for Contributions (due January 1, 2020)
- Symposium on Eudaimonia, Music, and Music Education – Call for Submissions (due September 1, 2019)
- Florida Music Education Association Professional Development Conference – Call for Proposals (due September 13, 2019)
- 5th Annual Nas Nuvens – In The Clouds Virtual Conference in Music – Call for Proposals (due September 15, 2019)
Finally, this edition of the newsletter includes job opening posts at:
- Grand Valley State University – Two Visiting Positions
- University of New Mexico – Visiting Lecturer of Music Education (Instrumental Music)
- Baldwin University – Interim Choral Music Education Faculty
- Oregon State University – Instructor of Music and Director of Bands
- Virginia Tech – Assistant Professor of Practice in Music Education
- University of Texas-San Antonio – Instrumental Music Education (non tenure-track)
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- ISME 34th Conference and Regional Conferences
- ISME 34th Conference and Regional Conferences
- Conferences & Calls
- jailbreak – musical inclusion in penal institutions
- Journal of Popular Music Education – Special issue on Learning, Teaching and Making Popular Music Online
- Position Vacancies
- Visiting Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education – Oakland University
- Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor of Music Education and Voice – Ouachita Baptist University
- Lecturer and Music Education Degree Program Coordinator (Instrumental Music Education specialist) – University of Dayton
- Director of Symphonic Wind Ensemble – Virginia Tech
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- Mountain Lake Colloquium – Registration Closes May 1st!
- YouTube Broadcast of Learning Music Through Play in Out-of-School Contexts
- ISME Legacy Conference – Istanbul 2019
- European Association for Music in Schools (EAS) 2019 – Registration deadline closes May 1!
- Editor Position – Research and Issues in Music Education (RIME)
- Musical Activism and Agency: Contestations and Confluences Pre-Conference Symposium
- Submit to Inaugural Issues of the International Journal of Music in Early Childhood (IJMEC)
- Assistant Professor of Music Education – The College of St. Scholastica
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