Giving Voice To Democracy in Music Education June 20 – 22, 2014

Giving Voice To Democracy in Music Education

June 20 – 22, 2014


This conference will present ideas and forward thinking teaching practice about developing young musicians in a democratic society. How we design spaces for democratic participation in the profession and in the classroom contributes not only critical thought about music but also to the place of music in a broader social context. Featured speakers will be Dr. David Elliott, celebrated author of Music Matters, Dr. Nicholas Michelli, international spokesperson and author for education as democratic practice, and Dr. Paul G. Woodford, distinguished author of Democracy and Music Education.



Carla E. Aguilar & Mark Harris, Metropolitan State University of Denver

            Cultivating Democracy Through Student Guided Learning


Krystal Prime Banfield, Berklee College of Music

Rays of hope: Empowering Youth to Find Their Voice Through Applications in Popular Music Education


Adam Patrick Bell, Montclair State University         

Can We Afford These Affordances? Digital Audio Workstation Design and Democracy


Mary Ellen Junda, University of Connecticut

            Broadside Ballads: Social Consciousness in Song


Frank Martignetti, University of Bridgeport, CT & New York University

Negotiating Democracy, Diversity and Community in an Urban High School Classroom.


Michael Patrick Wall, Paramus Public Schools, NJ & Jennifer Kingma Wall, Montclair State University

Improvising to Learn: A Democratic Framework for Music Education


Connie Devivic Nokes, University of Arizona

Invisible No More: Democracy for Sexual Minority Students in the Culture of the Music Classroom


Daniel John Shevock, Jason B. Gossett, Yo-jung Han, Darrin H. Thornton & Lindsay Fulcher, The Pennsylvania State University

Democracy in Public School Ensembles:  A Descriptive Survey of Current Practice

Amy Spears, Arizona State University & Dr. Danelle Larson, Eastern Illinois University

Using Small Ensembles to Promote Democratic Learning in Band


Allison L. Thorp, Eastman School of Music

Music Education in Cultures of Poverty: A Review of Literature



Location:  The John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Upper Montclair, New Jersey.  The university is 25 minutes from Newark airport and 15 minutes from either hotel.

Registration:  Registration is ongoing and available during the first two days of the conference.  Early bird registration with a conference discount ends April 1st, 2014.  See accompanying registration form for further details.

Hotels: La Quinta Hotel, 256 Route 3 East, Clifton, NJ  07014  

  Conference room rate per person:  $99/night before 5/30/14

  For Reservations call: (800)642-4239 Option 1

                Ask for Montclair State University


Courtyard Marriott West Orange, 8 Rooney Circle, W. Orange, NJ 07052        Conference room rate per person: $139.99

  For Reservations call: (973)669-4725

          Ask for Montclair State University


Airport:  Newark International Airport (EWR)


Clairidge Taxi Transportation (973-746-2600)

Newark Aiport to hotels:  $72

Hotels to conference site: $36


For Further Information:  Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo, Conference Coordinator at or click the “Democracy Conference” link on the John J. Cali School of Music web page at


(See Registration Form On Next Page)

Giving Voice To Democracy in Music Education

June 20 – 22, 2014






Mailing Address:




University or School District:




Registration Rates (Please reserve by June 10)


Please indicate one of the options below:


        ____ Entire Conference         $225

            (Includes Friday dinner, Sat & Sun light breakfast, Saturday lunch)

____ Early Bird Rate  by 4/1/14  $195

   (Includes Friday dinner, Sat & Sun light breakfast, Saturday lunch)

____ Saturday Only                $  95

 (includes light breakfast and lunch)


MSU Undergraduates   $ 25 (for Friday dinner add $30)


Indicate if you prefer vegetarian meals:   YES  _____


Please send registration form and check (made out to  Montclair State University Foundation) to:


Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo, Conference Coordinator, John J, Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ  07043.



Please Note That Registration Fees Are Non-Refundable

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