Call for Papers -Normal Symposium

Normal Symposium on the History of Music Education


May 31-June 3, 2023 Illinois St. University Normal, Illinois

The Symposium Planning Committee welcomes submissions on topics related in any way to the history of music teaching and learning:

  1. Scholarly papers suitable for reading (Submit complete paper in any standard style format. Allow 25 minutes for reading and 10 minutes for questions/comments.)
  2. Poster presentations of research in progress (This session is intended for graduate students or anyone who would like feedback on a current research project. Submit a 200 word description of the study. Prepare a poster to present at an evening reception & poster session.)
  3. Panel discussions (Submit outline with names of participants. Allow 45 minutes for panelists and 10 minutes for questions/comments.)
  4. Performances (Submit musical content, names of performers, and any equipment needs. Performances can vary in length from 30 to 90 minutes. Exact timing TBD with accepted performers.)

Materials must be submitted electronically in any standard style format. Additionally, submissions that have been previously accepted for other recent conferences (e.g. NAfME National Conference, state conference, etc.) will be allowed and considered. Please note the previous acceptance and/or presentation in your email if this applies to your submission. Include the following information in the body of the electronic mail message: Name, address, telephone, affiliation, email address for further communication, and title of the paper or proposal. Send submissions to Dr. Patti Tolbert (, Chair of the Review Panel.

Complete papers and proposals must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2023. Acknowledgement (by Monday, February 20) and notification (on Friday, March 3) will be sent via return email.

The Normal Symposium on the History of Music Education is an event organized and sponsored by the History Special Research Interest Group (History SRIG) of The National Association for Music Education (NAfME). The Symposium schedule will include a keynote speaker, scholarly papers, a poster session of research in progress, panel discussions, performances, and local attractions.

Registration and travel information will be available at the NAfME History SRIG website:

There is no official conference hotel for this symposium. For further information, contact:

Dr. Casey Gerber, Symposium Chair

Associate Professor of Music Education

The University of Oklahoma