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Open Call: Breakout Session RFPs for the 2016 National Arts-in-Education Conference in Miami

Young Audiences Arts for Learning is pleased to announce our 2016 annual national arts-in-education conference in Miami. The conference, Growing up with the Arts will be held on April 14-16 at the Eden Roc Resort Miami Beach. The three-day meeting will address the theme of why it is so important to create and sustain programs that transform communities and engage youth in the arts. The conference will also address other timely topics, including: collaboration with partners at the arts, education and civic level, the importance for implementing and utilizing STEAM practices, creating and growing arts programs that transform communities, and the role of technology in education and creativity.

The national conference is open to everyone, and we encourage our colleagues from other organizations are welcome to submit a proposal. The conference aims to involve diverse groups of participants including leadership, education/programmatic, fund raising/marketing organizational staff; teaching artists; partnering teachers/administrators, and non-profit board members who strive to engage in improving student access to arts and arts integrated learning. In addition to plenary sessions that share the latest research and the impact of the arts and education, the conference will include a variety of informative breakout sessions that address the conference theme of Growing Up with the Arts. These breakout sessions focus on topics that are relevant to the conference audience and highlight best practices that enhance work in classrooms and communities throughout the country as well as strategies for fund and board development, strategic alliances and marketing.

We are currently accepting proposals for the breakout sessions and we are looking for engaging topics that address our diverse audience and highlight innovative ideas from around the country. Proposals are due Tuesday, December 1, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. (EST)

All questions and submissions should be e-mailed to For more information and the RFP form, click button below:


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Call for Papers and Presentations – Context Matters: The 6th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education – April 18-21, 2017, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England

The University of Florida and Birmingham City University will host the 6th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education in April 2017 at Birmingham City University in the UK. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together music education professionals worldwide to share the latest research, thought, and practice in music education assessment. We invite primary and secondary school music educators, higher education professionals and music education researchers, national, state and local education officials from across the world to join us in Birmingham.

Key Questions. The Key Questions for this symposium fall into two strands. They are:

Strand 1: Practice  What models, designs, and practices are most successful in assessing student achievement and skill in music in diverse educational systems?  In what ways are music educators using assessment data effectively to improve music teaching and learning?

Strand 2: Assessment in Context  How is music learning assessed in local, regional, state, national, and international contexts?  In what ways are assessment data analyzed to yield meaningful information in different contexts?  What forms, tools, or processes are used to assess and/or evaluate the practice of music teaching?  In what ways are reliability and validity influenced by assessment contexts?  What unforeseen and unplanned outcomes of assessment and evaluation have been observed?

Call for Papers and Presentations. We seek submissions for research papers, posters, panel discussions, and assessment practice papers that address the symposium theme and key questions. Details of the submission process and registration are available after October 15, 2015 at Submissions are due by Friday, September 2, 2016. Proposals can be considered for session presentation or the Symposium poster session or both. All submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel of prominent music educators, and notifications will be completed by October 21, 2016. Early submissions are encouraged.


Call For Proposals: 2016 VSA Intersections: Arts & Special Education Conference

What will you share?

VSA Intersections provides professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education the opportunity to share current information in research, practice, programs, and policy, and serve as a leading catalyst for change. Want to get involved? The call for presentation proposals for the 2016 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference is open until December 3! To learn more and submit your presentation proposal, visit   


The College Band Directors National Association HS/MS Band Event March 11th All middle school and high school band directors are invited to join members of the Eastern Division of the College Band Directors National Association conference at the United State Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut on Friday, March 11, 2016. Further information can be found via the links below.

CBDNA Secondary Registration Form

CBDNA-E Announcement for Junior high and high School Band Directors

Friday CBDNA-East Conference Schedule

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, is pleased to announce its annual concerto competition for high school musicians. The winner will appear as a guest soloist with the U.S. Marine Band and receive a $2,500 cash prize from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The runner up will receive a $500 cash prize.

The final round of the competition will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in southeast Washington, D.C. The final round is presented as a recital and is open to the public. The winner will perform in concert with the Marine Band at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 10, 2016 in the Washington, D.C. area.
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