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Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium XIII

Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium XIII

Creativity: The Good Life, Spirituality, and the Natural Progression of the Universe


Center for Music Education Research, University of South Florida, Tampa



Dates of the Meeting: January 27-30, 2021

Description of Meeting:

Creativity is an essential component of a life well-lived—the good life that the ancient Greeks spoke of. We can theorize about the beginning of time when perhaps a profound imbalance set into motion a natural progression that is furthered every time human beings come together, and amplified every time they come together to make music. Our individual journeys take on a metaphysical dimension when we consider that our creative pursuits follow this progression, feeding our human spirit—our spirituality. We are much better together than we are when we are separate. This conference is all about these ideas and the ones that emerge from our discussions.


Hybrid Design

Suncoast XIII will feature research, conceptual work, and practical application of matters related to everything that touches creativity, notions of the good life, spirituality and progress. We have designed it in a hybrid (face-to-face and virtual) way to be flexible to the challenges that a global pandemic might present us with. This symposium is open to research, conceptual, and practical work that focuses on aspects of creativity in both traditional and non-traditional settings. We believe in the reality of multiple manifestations of creativity in music education and in the concept and practice of creativities—new and emerging interdisciplinary musical performance, composition, improvisation, and critique that do not fit into neat categories. We invite participation in this symposium that emphasizes participant interactions and tangible products.


Edited Volume

We will be pulling together a number of the contributions to this symposium and working with authors on an edited volume that will run parallel to Suncoast XIII, focusing on emergent discourse. Information on dissemination will be shared on the final morning of the symposium.


Media Journal in Music Education

We will be inviting participants to consider submitting a 5-7 minute video for publication in the MJME at


Types of Submissions Sought:

On-site Research Paper Presentations, Virtual Research Paper Presentations, On-site Lightning Talks, Virtual Lightning Talks, On-site Research Posters, and Virtual Research Posters


Description of Types of Submissions Sought:

A. Posters (on-site or virtual): Two time-slots dedicated for sharing


B. Lightning Talks (on-site or virtual): 5-minute presentations, each followed by a 5-minute discussion period


C. Oral Research Presentations (on-site or virtual): 15-minute presentations, arranged around similar topics, followed by a 20-minute discussion period per topic


Presentation Requirements: All presenters must register to attend the symposium by the pre-registration deadline so their names will be included in the program.


Research Topics Sought:

Topics could include, but not limited to, the following:

  • advocacy
  • changing times
  • community music
  • creativity
  • culturally responsive teaching
  • equality
  • flexibility
  • learner-centered pedagogy
  • lifelong learning
  • performance
  • personhood
  • philosophy
  • policy
  • practice
  • psychology
  • research
  • seeking balance
  • social justice
  • sociopsychology
  • teacher education
  • technology
  • vernacular musicianship
  • world music

Submission Information:

Abstract Submission

Up to 250 words max for oral presentations, lightning talks, and posters


Choose one:

On-site oral presentation only

Virtual oral presentation only

On-site lightning talk only

Virtual lightning talk only

On-site research poster only

Virtual research poster only

On-site oral presentation or poster

Virtual oral presentation or poster

On-site lightning talk or poster

Virtual lightning talk or poster


The Executive Board of the Center for Music Education Research serves as the blind review panel for all presentation types. Submit abstracts to Clint Randles at Attach a pdf, Word, or Pages file that includes the proposal title, abstract, and type(s) of presentation formats for which you are applying. In the body of the email provide all proposer name(s), email, current position, institutional affiliation, and proposal title. Please type "Suncoast 2021 Submission" in the Subject field. All communications will be with the lead author for collaborative submissions.


Deadline for Submissions and Timeline for Acceptance of Proposals:

September 8, 2020 submission deadline

Acceptance decisions will be made by October 9

Meeting URL:


October 9 - Registration will be open

November 27 - Deadline for Early-Bird Registration


All presenters must register by the early-bird deadline, to ensure a place in the program.

Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award

The Center for Music Education Research (CMER) is proud to offer the Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award, for early career researchers. Visit the awards information page for details.

Inquiries About the Conference Proposal Should Be Directed To:

Clint Randles (Email: