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What a summer for researchers! It was a veritable bonanza as the summer had hardly begun and already there were three major research symposia! The first of June found over 65 historians gathered in Chattanooga, TN, for the Chattanooga Symposium on the History of Music Education. June 19th

saw nearly as many researchers in Lansing, MI for the 7th Sympoisum on Sociology in

Music Education, and the end of June found more still more researchers presenting at the MENC June in Washington Research Symposium.

I was lucky enough to attend the first two of these events, and so I offer a quick overview of each:

The Chattanooga Symposium was held at the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, built in the renovated train station of Choo Choo fame. The presentations included such diverse topics as Juanita Karpf (Case Western Reserve University) on “The Last Dramatic Instrumctioal Innovation? A Tribute to the Chalkboard,” and Allen Spurgeon (University of Mississippi) and Casey Gerber (Oklahoma Baptist University) on “Sterrie Weaver: His Contributions to American Music Education.” International research was also evident, as Pauline Adams (University of London, UK) presented “Developments within Inner London Education Authority Music Service during the Peter Fletch Years, 1966-1973,” and Jane Southcott (Monash University, Australia) offered “More than a Preface: Sarah Anna Glover.” There were panel discussions, and concerts: the Chattanooga Boys’ Choir, the Eighth Regiment Band from Rome, GA ( a Civil War Reenactment brass band) and the Chattanooga Society for the Preservation of African-American Song under the direction of Roland Carter. A shape-note sing rounded out the events, and as a grand finale a buffet and riverboat cruise on the Tennessee River on board the Southern Belle.

The Sociology of Music Education was held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the Michigan State University campus. Presentations there were very diverse, and the international research community was very well represented with attendees from Norway, Brazil, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. Topics ranged from William Dabback (James Madison University) on “Mennonite Voices: Intersections of Music, Faith, and Identity,” to Lisa Koops (Case Western Reserve University) and “Songs from the Carseat: Exploring the Early Childhood Music-Making Space of the Family Vehicle.” There were two concerts: Wisaal, an Arabic fusion ensemble, and the Accafellas, an all-male collegiate a capella ensemble from MSU. Several papers focused on topics such as “inclusion and exclusion,” “music education and identity,” and “music education crossing cultures.”

This year’s MENC Music Education Week in Washington was the site of the Society for Research in Music Education 2011 Summer Research Symposium. The MENC website described it as “designed as a forum for the


dissemination and discussion of new scholarship relating to music teaching and learning. Researchers will present findings related to a variety of topics in music education and lead conversations about the implications and applications of their work to various music learning contexts.”

This Symposium had several components: paper presentations, roundtable discussions, and a poster session. There were many interesting papers. These are only a few. Music Listening in the Lives of College Music Majors: Implications for

Music Education (Robert H. Woody, University of Nebraska - Lincoln); Perceptions of Early Career School Music Teachers Regarding their Preservice Preparation (Roy Legette, University of Georgia); Heteronormativity in Elementary General Music Textbooks: Who is Regarded as ‘Diverse’ in Music Education? (Sherrie Y. Hildreth,

University of Illinois. (My thanks to Dr. Woody and Dr. Legette for forwarding the Symposium program to me.)

There was plenty of time for discussion included in the programming of all of these symposia. Indeed, I’m sure it was hard to STOP talking with colleagues, especially with such interesting presentations.

The call for papers for the MENC 2012 Conference is up on the MENC website. This conference will be held in St. Louis, MO, March 28-31. It is a wide-ranging research venue, and the call reads:

“Applicants can submit one or more proposals for:

• Research papers • Posters • Programs, practices and issues • Data-driven instructional strategies • Professional development presentations for Collegiate MENC members.”

All proposals are due no later than Friday, October 14, 2011. See the MENC website for full details for submission.

Even more importantly! Our own Research Symposium has been accepted as a formal pre-conference EVENT, and will be listed as such on the MMC registration form. Yes, there is a small fee for attendance, and yes, it is the Thursday before the conference, but I sincerely hope that won’t keep attendance down. Please see the call for papers on another page of this issue!!! n

Outreach to Research

Terese Volk Tuohey, Research Editor

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