2019 Conference

The 2019 Conversation on Music Education

Revisiting Vision 2020:
Issues of Concern in American Music Education

Saturday, October 26th
Boston University College of Fine Arts

In September 1999, then-MENC President June Hinckley convened Vision 2020: The Housewright Symposium on Music Education. Its purpose, like the Tanglewood Symposium in 1967, was to provide guidance for music educators on how to address the rapid changes that were occurring in the field. The symposium attendees heard position papers and responses on several issues, and then worked to reach agreements on the themes that were raised. The Housewright Declaration, which summarized those agreements, was presented at the MENC National Conference in March 2000. The 2019 Conversation on Music Education was conceived as a forum for revisiting the Housewright Declaration on what was the 20th anniversary of Vision 2020.

The 2019 Conversation included forums on six issues of concern to practitioners and scholars within the Boston University community, each of which is also related to the themes raised in the Housewright Declaration: Gender and Sexuality, Lifelong and Lifewide Music Learning, Poverty and Displacement, Democratic Education, The Relevance of Music Education Curricula, and Cultural Diversity. Each forum was be led by a small group of practitioners, scholars, and students, and addressed three key questions:

  1. Where is music education now on this issue?
  2. What is being done in our community on this issue?
  3. What can our community do additionally regarding this issue?

The Conversation featured music making experiences led by John Bragle and a keynote address by Deborah Bradley. At the conclusion of the conference, co-conveners Diana Dansereau and Ron Kos shared 12 themes that emerged from the day’s conversations.

Session Summaries and Videos

Concluding Statement