About the Modern Band Colloquium

Established in 2016, the Modern Band Colloquium is an independent academic conference that convenes researchers, scholars, and practitioners interested in expanding the vision and practice of modern band and contemporary, popular music education in K-12 schools across the country. Focus is placed on research related to new music programming that honors the needs of students from diverse populations as well as research into culturally responsive teaching in the field of K-12 music education.

Purpose of the Modern Band Colloquium

While traditional school ensembles are an important and ubiquitous staple in schools across North America, the purpose of this Colloquium is to consider additional music offerings that honor the needs of students from diverse populations and cultures through culturally responsive learning experiences authentic to the genres explored. In this challenging time of online teaching and learning, emerging pedagogies, technologies, and approaches to teaching and learning have come to the forefront. The Modern Band Colloquium provides an opportunity for music educators and researchers to come together as a community to reflect on these practices and consider the opportunities and challenges of online teaching and learning.

Request for Proposals: Deadline May 14, 2021

The program committee invites proposals for peer review. Individual presentations, panels, or innovative practice workshops on any aspect of curricular innovation related to modern band, culturally responsive teaching, and online music teaching and learning are welcome. Research and theoretical papers are allotted 20 minutes for presentation followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Panel sessions are 40 minutes followed by 20 minutes for discussion. The program committee is firmly committed to promoting the scholarship of diverse voices.

Example topics sought, but not limited to, include:

  • Research on and Critique of Modern Band
  • Community-Based and Community-to-School Practices
  • Creativity and Inventiveness in Music Education
  • Cultural, Sociological, and Ecological Practices and Perspectives
  • Democratic and Learner-Centered Practices
  • Innovative Practices in Teacher Education
  • Practices and Critiques of Popular Music in Music Education
  • Theoretical and Critical Perspectives on Traditional, Current, and Future Music Education Practices
  • Popular Music in Higher Education
  • Music Teaching and Learning During the Covid-19 pandemic

Proposal Deadline – May 14, 2021

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Colloquium Co-Hosts

Susana M. Lalama headshot

Susana M. Lalama

Converse College

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Bryan Powell

Montclair State University