Save the date! The 2024 Pedagogy into Practice Conference will be May 31–June 3, 2024 at the University of Oklahoma.

Call for Participation: Deadline, December 1, 2023

Pedagogy into Practice: Teaching Music Theory in the Twenty-First Century

University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, May 31 – June 3, 2024

The Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Center for Music Theory Pedagogy is pleased to announce Pedagogy into Practice: Teaching Music Theory in the Twenty-First Century, a conference to be held at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, May 31 – June 3, 2024.

Conference website: https://digitalcollections.lipscomb.edu/jmtp_pip/

The Program Committee, in partnership with the Center and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, invites proposals for research papers, posters, panels, and other formats listed below. Proposals may relate to any aspect of music theory pedagogy.

The conference will provide a forum for all who wish to share ideas about teaching music theory. We encourage students, high school teachers, community college instructors, and faculty at both large and small institutions to participate in this important event. We especially welcome theory instructors whose primary specialty lies in other areas.

Student presenters please note: The best student paper/presentation will be awarded an honorarium and publication in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy.

General Guidelines

Upload proposals to the conference website by December 1, 2023. Complete submissions will include the following information:

  • Proposal title
  • Author name(s)
  • Author email address(es)
  • An abstract not exceeding 300 words that indicates the presentation’s sources, goals, methods, and results, if applicable. The submitting author is responsible for making sure the abstract contains no identifying information, including author names and institutional affiliations. The abstract may include up to four pages of supplementary materials (graphics, diagrams, musical examples, etc.). Upload the abstract and supplementary materials as one PDF file.
  • 3-7 keywords related to the presentation
  • A list of required AV equipment
  • Brief biography of each presenter (50-word maximum per person)


Any topic related to the teaching of music theory is welcome.

Instructors from any type of institution (e.g. high school, community college, small or large institutions) and students are welcome to submit a proposal. Instructors whose primary specialties lie in other areas are especially encouraged to submit.


  1. Paper
    • 30 minutes, with 20 minutes to present and 10 for discussion
    • Lecture-style presentation of original research or significant discoveries related to teaching
  2. Poster
    • A compact visual presentation of original research or significant discoveries related to teaching
    • A free-standing session is allotted for conference posters
  3. Panel
    • 90 minutes
    • A forum for multiple presenters to examine a topic in depth
    • A balance of presentation and audience interaction where the majority of the time is spent on presentations
    • The supplementary materials must include a detailed timeline of how the presenters plan to use the time, including number of minutes for each presentation and number of minutes for audience interaction
  4. Discussion Forum
    • 60 or 90 minutes
    • A forum for examining a topic (or topics) in depth
    • Facilitators will provide brief introductory comments and facilitate discussion, but the vast majority of the time should be focused on audience interaction
    • The supplementary materials must include a detailed timeline that specifies 60 or 90 minutes and indicates how the facilitators plan to use the time
  5. Workshop
    • 45 minutes
    • A hands-on, interactive session designed to enable conference attendees to learn about and try methods or resources
  6. Demonstration
    • 30 or 60 minutes
    • Demonstration of software, tools, or other products, commercial or non-commercial; indicate a preference for 30 or 60 minutes

Other Considerations

  • Contributors may submit up to two proposals (as primary author or co-author); the second proposal must be for a different presentation format than the first.
  • The Program Committee reserves the right to accept a proposal under the condition that the format be changed.
  • The program will be announced in February 2024.
  • All persons whose work is selected for program participation must register for the full conference.

Program Committee

  • Jennifer Shafer England, Montana State University, Chair
  • Jenine Brown, Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University
  • Richard Desinord, Michigan State University
  • Scott Dirkse, Bakersfield College
  • David Geary, Wake Forest University
  • Anne Neikirk, Norfolk State University
  • Olga Sánchez-Kisielewska, University of Chicago
  • Akira Sato, Plano West Senior High School