Newsletter (September 14, 2020)

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The MayDay Group is seeking members to be involved in a revision of our Action Ideals. To express interest, please email MDG Steering Committee Chair Darrin Thornton at dht2@psu.edu.
The MayDay Group is delighted to share a book announcement for Becoming an Irish Traditional Musician: Learning and Embodying Musical Culture by Jessica Cawley. Congratulations, Jessica!
The International Society for Music Education (ISME) has announced their 6 Year Strategic plan. To view, please click on the link below. There are a number of calls and conference announcements this week including the ABLE Assembly, GMEA, Riffs, and Music, Sound, and Trauma (extended deadline). There are also several position vacancies.
Announcements
  • Call for Member Participation: MayDay Group Action Ideal Revisions
  • Book Announcement: Becoming an Irish Traditional Musician: Learning and Embodying Musical Culture by Jessica Cawley
  • International Society for Music Education (ISME) 6 Year Strategic Plan
Conferences & Calls
  • ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone
  • Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) In-Service Conference
  • Riffs – Call for Contributions: Pop Music Fiction
  • Music, Sound, and Trauma: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Reminder & Deadline Extension)
Job Announcements
  • Interdisciplinary Fellowships – Yale Institute of Sacred Music
  • Dean, Faculty of Music – University of Toronto
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County – UMBC Fellows Program for Faculty Diversity in the Arts
  • Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School – Music Educator Teaching Artist
  • Royal College of Music – Workshop Leaders
  • Band and Elementary Music Specialist (Two Positions) – Brigham Young University
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Newsletter (August 20, 2020)

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The MayDay Group would like to announce a special issue of MDG journal Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education (ACT) on Anti-Racism, Anti-Fascism, and Anti-Discrimination in and through Music Education edited by Dr. Nasim Niknafs. To view the call for papers, please read below.
A video entitled Tom A. Regelski, Life in Music and Arts, is now publicly available. The video features Tom Regelski, co-founder of the MayDay Group. To view, please click one of the links below. The MayDay Group is also delighted to share a book announcement for Exploring Diasporic Perspectives in Music Education by Ruth Iana Gustafson. Congratulations, Tom and Ruth!
There are several upcoming conferences that may be of interest to MDG members: Diversifying Music Academia: Building the Coalition, Desert Skies Symposium, International Symposium on the Philosophy of Music Education (ISPME), Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), and Music, Mediation, and Disability. The Assessment Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) of NAfME is now accepting nominations for the new chair-elect position.
Elections for the MayDay Group Steering Committee will open Monday, August 24th. Thank you to the nominees for their willingness to serve. Keep an eye on your inbox to cast your vote!
Announcements
  • Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education (ACT) Special Issue on Anti-Racism, Anti-Fascism, and Anti-Discrimination in and through Music Education
  • Video Announcement: Tom A. Regelski, Life in Music and Arts
  • Book Announcement: Exploring Diasporic Perspectives in Music Education by Ruth Iana Gustafson

Conferences & Calls
  • Diversifying Music Academia: Building the Coalition
  • Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Learning & Teaching
  • International Symposium on the Philosophy of Music Education (ISPME)
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Virtual 2021 Annual Inservice Conference
  • NNAfME Assessment SRIG Chair-Elect
  • Music, Mediation, and Disability

Job Announcements
  • Senior Scientist (w/m) mit Doktorat für Instrumental (Gesangs) pädagogik: Kunst Uni Graz

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Newsletter (August 7, 2020)

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The MayDay Group is seeking two at-large members for the MayDay Group Steering Committee. At-large members are elected in even-numbered years for six-year terms. Nominations will be open until August 15, 2020 and online elections will be held after that. The Chair of the Steering Committee is selected from its at-large members. Nominations and self nominations are welcome. See below for more details.
The MayDay Group is pleased to announce that Dr. Sean Powell will be joining the Editorial Board for the MDG journal Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education. The MayDay Group is also delighted to share an announcement for the book World Music Pedagogy, Volume VII: Teaching World Music in Higher Education, by William J. Coppola, David G. Hebert, and Patricia Shehan Campbell. Congratulations to all!
There are three calls for papers in this edition of the newsletter: the Virginia Music Educators Association conference, Key Terms in Music Theory for Anti-Racist Scholars, and Frontiers Research Topic on “The Role of Music During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” There are also a couple of position vacancies for those on the job hunt.
Announcements
  • MayDay Group Steering Committee Nominations – One Week Left!
  • MayDay Group Welcomes Sean Powell to the ACT Editorial Board
  • Book Announcement: World Music Pedagogy, Volume VII: Teaching World Music in Higher Education, by William J. Coppola, David G. Hebert, and Patricia Shehan Campbell
Conferences & Calls
  • Key Terms in Music Theory for Anti-Racist Scholars: Epistemic Disavowals, Reimagined Formalisms
  • Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Professional Development Conference
  • Frontiers Research Topic on “The Role of Music During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
Job Announcements
  • New Tampa Piano and Pedagogy Academy
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County Fellows Program for Faculty Diversity in the Arts

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Newsletter (July 22, 2020)

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The MayDay Group is seeking two at-large members for the MayDay Group Steering Committee. At-large members are elected in even-numbered years for six-year terms. Nominations will be open until August 15, 2020 and online elections will be held after that. The Chair of the Steering Committee is selected from its at-large members. Nominations and self-nominations are welcome. See below for more details.
In this edition of the newsletter, you can find calls for special issues of Music Education Research, CAML Review, Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Journal, and the Choral Journal of the American Choral Directors Association. The International Journal of Research in Choral Singing seeks nominations for the Editorial Board and Associate Editor/Editor.
There are also calls for proposals for Music, Mediation, and Disability: Representation and Access and Music, Sound, and Trauma: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. For those planning on attending the ISME General Assembly, you can find information on this below.
Announcements
  • Nominations: MayDay Group Steering Committee
  • International Society for Music Education (ISME) General Assembly
Conferences & Calls
  • Music Education Research – Special Issue: The Digital ‘Turn’ in Music Education
  • CAML Review – Special issue on the impact of Covid-19 on music communities
  • Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis
  • International Journal of Research in Choral Singing (IJRCS) – Editorial Board and Associate Editor/Editor
  • Choral Journal Research Report Submissions – American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
  • Music, Mediation, and Disability: Representation and Access
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Journal Special Issue – Crises at Work: Potentials for Change?
  • Music, Sound, and Trauma: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Job Announcements
  • W2-Professur für Musikpädagogik: Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln

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Newsletter (June 29, 2020)

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The MayDay Group is seeking two at-large members for the MayDay Group Steering Committee. At-large members are elected in even-numbered years for six-year terms. Nominations will be open until August 15, 2020 and online elections will be held after that. The Chair of the Steering Committee is selected from its at-large members. Nominations and self-nominations are welcome. See below for more details.
Congratulations to MDG member Lauren K. Richerme on the publication of her book, Complicating, Considering, and Connecting Music Education! Information on this, as well as the International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education (ISSME), the ABLE Assembly, and MISTEC 2020, can be found below along with other calls for proposals and position vacancies.


Announcements

  • Nominations: MayDay Group Steering Committee
  • Book Announcement: Complicating, Considering, and Connecting Music Education by Lauren K. Richerme

Conferences & Calls

  • 12th Biennial International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education (ISSME)
  • ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone
  • Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC) 2020 Virtual Seminar
  • Florida Music Director

Job Announcements

  • Assistant Lecturer of Music Education Ball State University

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If you have something to contribute, please send an email to newsletter@maydaygroup.org.

Statement of Solidarity and Commitment to Antiracism

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Statement of Solidarity and Commitment to Antiracism
The Steering Committee of the MayDay Group denounces violence against Black individuals and communities and stands with those who seek justice through political action across the globe. Within this moment of global uprising against white supremacy and police brutality, we affirm that Black Lives Matter. Black communities have long struggled against violence and oppression-an historical continuation of anti-Black plantation logics and colonial genocide. Police violence is a legacy of capitalism; surveillance and the logic of incarceration have become entrenched in schooling; and years of neoliberal policies have widened racialized gaps in access to public education and health globally. This moment of heightened attention toward white-supremacist policing is also set against the COVID-19 pandemic, drawing into further focus racist and colonial systems of oppression that influence processes and relationships.
The state-sponsored murder of George Floyd represents yet another tragedy in a centuries-long history of white-supremacist violence that permeates all sectors of society, including every aspect of the music education profession (e.g., publications, conferences, social media, curricula, pedagogy, hiring practices). Unless and until White music educators are willing to acknowledge their privilege, take responsibility for their past and the impact it has on the present, and commit to creating a future steeped in justice, the list of names to which George Floyd has been added will never end. For too long Black people-along with Indigenous people and People of Color-have been called upon to work against the tide of systems steeped in white privilege. We commit to joining this work, seek to thoughtfully examine the role of white privilege in our history as an organization, and to dismantle the structures that perpetuate this privilege as the MayDay Group moves forward.
The MayDay Group functions as an international think tank of music educators who aim to identify, critique, and change taken-for-granted patterns of professional activity, polemical approaches to method and philosophy, and educational politics and public pressures that threaten critical communication and praxis in music education. Our ongoing debate about these matters has resulted in a two-fold purpose: (1) to apply critical theory and critical thinking to the purposes and practices of music education, and (2) to affirm the central importance of musical participation in human life and, thus, the value of music in the general education of all people. Our work has been guided by two iterations of Action Ideals (19972011), aimed at furthering critical thought in the music education profession. Though these ideals contextualize and frame our work, we recognize they are flawed and uphold structures of white supremacy. Therefore, they require revitalization.
The Steering Committee of the MayDay Group calls upon our membership to join us in taking an active role in anti-racism and anti-oppression work. We recognize a general weakness and lack of urgency in our Action Ideals. We also acknowledge that, as a deliberative consensus group, we are not well-suited to immediately respond in moments of urgency. In this vein, the Steering Committee commits to the following actions for change:
  • Review and update our policies, presence, and ability to more rapidly employ social media in critical moments.
  • Review and revise all Action Ideals this year (2020-2021) starting with our third ideal because of its relevance to current events and our upcoming Colloquium’s theme.
    • Send the revised Action Ideal III for approval this summer to the membership at large.
    • Present the remaining revisions at the postponed Colloquium (2021).
  • Issue a renewed Call for Proposals for our postponed Colloquium (2021).
    • Invite those who have been accepted already to revise their work to address the revised Action Ideal III.
    • Review additional proposals and fill or create focused slots that address anti-racism scholarship.
  • Extend the anti-racism scholarship that MDG has supported over two decades by developing a special issue of ACT focused on anti-racism.
  • Invite scholars to submit anti-racist scholarship to TOPICS.
  • Host events through social media on anti-racism with invited guests.
  • Offer monetary assistance for Colloquium attendance to those who may encounter difficulty independently accessing funds.
  • Explore and accept from membership ideas for other approaches by which we might take on anti-racism and anti-oppression work.
We cannot move forward as a profession until we begin to grapple with our past. Education has been a system of legalized and monetized white supremacy for which generations of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color have paid an immeasurable price. That cost must be acknowledged, and the privilege that accrued to some at the expense of others must be reckoned with and redressed. We endeavor to listen, learn, and grow both individually and collectively as an organization. Please join us in these efforts.
The MayDay Group Steering Committee
Vincent Bates
Julie Beauregard
Deborah Bradley
Terry Gates
Scott Goble
Juliet Hess
Matt Koperniak
Tom Malone
Anita Prest
Jesse Rathgeber
Tom Regelski
Daniel Shevock
Danielle Sirek
Brent Talbot
Darrin Thornton
Janice Waldron

Newsletter (June 9, 2020)

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The MayDay Group is pleased to share calls for proposals for the 13th International Symposium on the Philosophy of Music Education (ISPME), a special issue of the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education entitled Sankofa: African American Music Education, and the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Professional Development Conference.

For those looking to attend the 2021 Mountain Lake Colloquium, the committee is soliciting feedback on topics, speakers, and anything else that may be of interest. MDG members may also be interested in attending the virtual event Orchestrating Isolation: Musical Interventions and Inequality in the COVID-19 Fallout on June 22, 2020. The details can be found below.

Announcements

  • 2021 Mountain Lake Colloquium – Feedback
  • Orchestrating Isolation: Musical Interventions and Inequality in the COVID-19 Fallout – June 22, 2020

Conferences & Calls

  • 13th International Symposium on the Philosophy of Music Education
  • Journal of Historical Research in Music Education – Special Issue, Sankofa: African
  • American Music Education
  • Virginia Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference

Position Vacancies

  • Lecturer in Classical Music Performance/Music Education – University of Liverpool
  • Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor Coordinator of Music Education: Gardner-Webb University

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Newsletter (May 26, 2020)

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The Editorial and Production teams of Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education are pleased to announce that ACT 19(1) is now online at http://act.maydaygroup.org/current-issue/. This issue features an historical document from MayDay Group co-founder Tom Regelski (first written in 1993). To read more about Tom Regelski and the MayDay Group, MDG members can check out this Wikipedia link to his work, established by a former student of Tom’s and recently accepted by Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Adam_Regelski 

Below, you can find information on the 2021 Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Learning and Teaching, Louisiana Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, and Re-Envisaging Music: Listening in the Visual Age. There are also calls for Engaging Students Volume 8: Beyond Western Musicalities and a special issue of Notes on digital humanities and music pedagogy. Additionally, there is information on position vacancies at Briar Cliff University, Douglas College, and the Manitoba Band Association.


Announcements

  • Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education 19(1) Now Online!
  • Art of Teaching Music Summit – May 28-29, 2020
  • Conn-Selmer Institute – Creating a Culture of Musical Excellence – June 8-9, 2020
Conferences & Calls
  • 2021 Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Learning and Teaching
  • Engaging Students, Volume 8: Beyond Western Musicalities
  • Special Issue of Notes – Digital Humanities and Music Pedagogy
  • Louisiana Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference
  • Re-Envisaging Music: Listening in the Visual Age
Position Vacancies
  • International Society for Music Education – Editors, Co-Editors, Editorial Boards
  • Director of Choral Activities – Briar Cliff University
  • Director of Performing & Fine Arts – Douglas College
  • Executive Director – Manitoba Band Association
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ACT 19(1) Now Online

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The Editorial and Production teams of Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education are pleased to announce that ACT 19(1) is now online. This regular issue of ACT features an historical document from Tom Regelski (first written in 1993), along with a diverse range of perspectives from authors Robert Gardiner, Robin Rolfhamre, Jody Stark, Sanna Kivijärvi & Lauri Väkevä, Dan Shevock, and Janice Waldron & Kari Veblen, and an introduction by the editors, Deb Bradley and Scott Goble. Please check it out at http://act.maydaygroup.org.