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. This year’s conference will be held at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, this coming summer (July 16 – July 19, 2020).

Request for Proposals By February 1, 2020

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 and culturally responsive teaching will all be considered. Research and theoretical papers will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Panel sessions will be 40 minutes followed by 10-20 minutes for discussion. Interactive presentations will be given 60 minutes are intended to be active music-making experiences. We also welcome submissions for non-traditional presentation formats, poster sessions, musical performances, and so forth. 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

Submission Information

Proposals can be submitted here by February 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified on February 15, 2020.

Contact Information

Bryan Powell –

Candice Davenport-

Si Millican-

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 summit 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. Sessions that focus on creativity and culturally responsive student autonomy in learner-centered environments are encouraged.

Colloquium and Summit Overlap – Enjoy Two Conferences at Once!

This year, the Colloquium will overlap with the Modern Band Summit, which brings together over 400 music educators from across the country to share in the practical application of modern band approaches and instrument techniques. This combining of conference time and space provides an opportunity for blending of research and practice, allowing Colloquium attendees (researchers) and Summit attendees (practitioners) to attend each others’ sessions. Colloquium sessions have been aligned in a way that makes active participation in both conferences possible.

Colloquium Think Tank and Working Groups

Modern band programming in US schools is growing at a tremendous pace. With such rapid growth, this Colloquium is aimed at helping teachers and researchers quickly and effectively learn new strategies to teach modern band with depth and understanding. Through daily think tank and working group gatherings, both teachers and researchers are invited to discuss large issues surrounding modern band and its implementation in K-12 music education.