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, 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 the Conference ‌Registration Form for further details.

Airport:  Newark International Airport (EWR)

Hotels: La Quinta Hotel, 256 Route 3 East, Clifton, NJ  07014   
Conference room rate per person:  $99/night
For Reservations call: 1 (866) 527-1498 before 5/30/14

Residence Inn West Orange, 107 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, NJ    07052 
Reservations on your own:  1-800-331-313

Transportation: Clairidge Taxi Transportation (973-746-2600)
Newark Aiport to hotels:  $72
Hotels to conference site: $36

For Further Information:
Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo
Conference Coordinator