The Conversation on Music Education is an ongoing dialogue among researchers, practitioners, and students of music education. Building upon the legacy of the 1967 Tanglewood Symposium, we critically examine new possibilities for musicking and music education. We bring together Boston University students, alumni, and faculty, as well as individual and institutional collaborators for a deeper understanding of the role we play in supporting musical growth and change.

Since 2017—fifty years after the 1967 Tanglewood Symposium—Boston University has hosted an annual conference on music education convened by faculty members in the College of Fine Arts. The conference highlights current research on progressive and vital issues in music education.

The 2019 Conversation will take place on Saturday, October 26th, on the campus of Boston University. The conference theme is Revisiting Vision 2020: Issues of Concern in American Music Education. This year’s conference will be convened by BU Music Education faculty members Diana Dansereau and Ronald Kos, as well as a team of alumni and student volunteers. The Conversation is intended to make an impact on our lives as music educators, and to make a contribution to the institutions and communities that we serve. We hope that you will join us.


Pre-registration is closed, but you may still register on-site the day of the conference

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