Call for Proposals: International Kodály Symposium 2017

Posted on September 29, 2016 in , , ,

International Kodály Symposium 2017
Augustana Campus, University of Alberta
Camrose, Alberta Canada
August 8-13, 2017

hosted by the Kodály Society of Canada ~ Alberta Kodály Association
under the auspices of the International Kodály Society

Call for Paper, Poster and Workshop Presentations

“Singing the Circle:
Kodály-Inspired Music Education from Birth to Adult”

The circle has long been a sacred symbol. The many medicine wheels that dot the Alberta prairies bear witness to the central importance of the circle to the indigenous peoples of Canada. The circle has also been used as a metaphor for the process of coming to understand, and to represent the reflective practice of teachers and musicians in their work and learning. Perhaps most significantly, the circle symbolizes our journey as humans from birth to death. The circle is also an important form in music. In addition to canons, which could be said to be musical circles, many of the singing games and dances that we teach as Kodály music educators are circle games, where each person is equally important in the music making and all are welcome. Furthermore, the circle is an apt description of Zoltán Kodály’s ever expanding influence in the world of music education beginning in and radiating out from Hungary. Kodály wrote of the important work of drawing others into the “happy, magic circle of music,” and this work continues even as we approach the 50th anniversary of Kodály’s death. The theme of the 2017 Symposium represents an invitation to explore and respond to Kodály’s call to bring others into the circle of music from birth to adulthood and across multiple perspectives and disciplines. We invite delegates to submit proposals for paper, poster, and workshop presentations within each of the ‘circles’ of interest below. We warmly encourage graduate student contributions for poster and paper presentations.

For detailed information, please follow this link to the full call for proposals 

Please submit proposals by October 1, 2016 to

1. In the body of the e-mail please include:

  • Title of the presentation
  • Name, title & e-mail address for each participant
  • Institutional affiliation for each participant
  • Biography of each participant (maximum 100 words)

2. Attach a Word document of the following:

  • Title of the presentation
  • Presentation format (paper, poster or workshop)
  • Long abstract (250 – 500 words plus references, if applicable)
  • Short abstract (100 – 150 words)

You will be notified as to the status of your proposal by December 31, 2016.

Please note that there will be opportunities for publishing conference papers through the International Kodály Society Bulletin and the Kodály Society of Canada Alla Breve. Thank you and we look forward to your submissions!

Questions? Please contact:
Kim Eyre
Jody Stark