SongWorks Annual Conference
“From Our Roots We Continue to Grow”
2022 SongWorks Conference
March 31 – April 2, 2022
Save the dates!
We are delighted to announce that the SongWorks Educators Association Annual International Conference will return in person in the Spring of 2022. Join music educators from around the world for three days of learning, playing, and inspiration in Dallas, TX, March 31 – April 2, 2022.
Or attend virtually on Saturday, April 2nd and take advantage of live streamed presentations, asynchronous learning and an online meet and greet with SongWorks colleagues.
View more details below, or click the button to register now!
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detailed schedule, handouts, Zoom links, and more!
“Playful Teaching, Vibrant Learning”
2023 SongWorks Conference
March 17 – 18, 2023
Every Spring, SongWorks educators from around the world gather to experience educational exchange, joy, and camaraderie.
We are delighted to announce that the next annual SongWorks Conference will be held in Boston, MA on March 17-18, 2023! Save the date!
If you are interested in submitting a session proposal, please see the details below.
Conference registration has now closed.
If you have questions about the conference, please contact Conference Chair Jake Harkins (email@example.com). For questions about your conference registration, contact Alice Nordquist (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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detailed schedule, handouts, and more!
Deadline: March 5, 2023
Presentation Proposals & Guidelines
This year’s conference theme is “Playful Teaching, Vibrant Learning.” What session might you share to invite us into the playfulness and vibrancy in your classroom? We want to know about it! See details below for more information.
Download the Presentation Proposal Guidelines (PDF)
- Confirm your SWEA membership is up to date to be considered for a conference presentation. Contact Alice Nordquist (email@example.com) if you are unsure of your membership status.
- Review the Proposal Selection Factors below as you create your proposal.
- Submit a separate form for each session you are proposing.
- Submit your proposal(s) here: Proposal Form by September 30, 2022.
- Contact Conference Chair Jake Harkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions or want to discuss your thoughts.
Applicability / Value
Will attendees be able to immediately incorporate what they learn into their teaching?
Will you share your process and intentions for learning so others can apply your ideas in their classrooms?
In addition to the core study songs of SongWorks, a variety of repertoire is welcome. Please be sure to research the history and meaning of any repertoire you are considering to ensure it is authentic and culturally affirming.
Overall range of conference topics and variety of activity types are considered in the selection process. Suggestions from past Conference feedback include:
- Culturally responsive and inclusive music and movement
- SongWorks for parents/grandparents, autistic students, pre-schoolers, or teaching in a private student setting
- Music and STEM
- Song writing for students
We look forward to receiving and reading your proposal! You will be notified of the status of your proposal no later than November 20, 2022.
Member rates require current or new SWEA membership. All rates include luncheons on both days and Saturday night banquet.
- $225 – Regular Member
- $150 – Retired Member
- $125 – Student Member
- $300 – Non-Member
SWEA Membership can be purchased or renewed while registering for the conference. Membership offers many benefits including discounted conference registration rates and access to teaching resources including the Sturdy Songs Collection, materials from past conferences, and recordings of SongWorks in Practice (SIP) Sessions.
- $45 – Regular Membership
- $75 – Sustaining Membership
- $100 – Patron Membership
- $20 – Student Membership
Accommodations are available at the Boston Marriott Newton for $129/night plus taxes and fees. This special group rate is available through March 2, 2023.
A variety of public and private transportation options are available from the Boston Logan Airport to the conference hotel. More details are available on the conference platform page.
Registration Deadline: March 5, 2023
Refunds and Cancellation: Registrants canceling on or before March 5 will receive a full refund of registration fees. Membership dues are non-refundable. Alternatively, you may choose to donate these fees to support SWEA. Contact SWEA Registrar Alice Nordquist (email@example.com) if you wish to cancel your registration.
COVID-19 Precautions: SWEA is monitoring the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will, at a minimum, follow CDC Guidelines to protect conference participants from the spread of COVID-19. Masks may be required during conference sessions and vaccines are highly recommended for all in-person attendees.
If you applied for financial assistance with conference registration fees, please wait to register until you are contacted by SWEA Grants Administrator Emilee Knell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Graduate Credits and CEUs
Graduate Credits (1.0 quarter credits) and Continuing Education Units (15 clock hours) will be available for in-person attendance at the conference through Seattle Pacific University (SPU). If you would like to register for either of these options, you can do so directly through SPU. More details are available on the conference platform page. If you have questions, please contact SWEA Academic Coordinator Taryn Raschdorf (email@example.com).
As you plan your travel arrangements to and from the Conference, take note of the following times of events. Remember, lunches and Saturday evening’s banquet are included with registration. If you are traveling from out-of-state, we recommend you arrive Thursday and visit with other attendees in our complimentary hospitality room, and depart Sunday morning, so you can enjoy our formal Saturday evening Banquet.
Thursday, March 16
6:30 – 9:30pm – Hospitality Room Open
Friday, March 17
8:00 – 9:00am – Registration
9:00am – 12:15pm – Sessions
12:15 – 1:15pm – Lunch
1:15 – 5:00pm – Sessions
7:00 – 9:30pm – Hospitality Room Open
Saturday, March 18
8:00am – 12:15pm – Sessions
12:15 – 1:15pm – Lunch
1:15 – 5:00pm – Sessions
5:30 – 6:30pm – Happy Hour
7:00pm – Conference Banquet (included with Registration)
Download Sessions & Presenters (pdf)
Children’s Choir Meets SongWorks!
A Study in Mapping
Kids’ Brains After a Pandemic
Break ‘Em On Down, These Walls Between Us
Hoy Cantamos y Jugandos:
Bringing Songs and Games Into Your Classroom
With Authenticity and Engagement
Student-Created Arrangements, Student-Centered Learning
High Hopes for Rhythm and Solfège
Embracing the Classics:
Dance of the Comedians
En Roulant ma Boule? Let’s!
A French-Canadian Paddle Song
Now the Song Is in Your Hand:
Back to Our Beginnings:
It All Starts with Play
You Must Learn to Join the Dance
Ice Skates and Snowflakes:
Movement, Mapping, and Melody
Sidewindin’ Towards the Staff
Song Games from Around the World
Since 2015, select scholars have been invited to the SongWorks Conference for the purpose of exposing them to the principles, practices, and activities of our organization. Visiting Scholars are chosen based on their leadership in and contributions to music education, as well as their commitment to excellence in learning and teaching. Throughout the conference, Visiting Scholars observe presentations and interact with attendees. We are thrilled to announce Alison Reynolds of Temple University as our 2023 Visiting Scholar!
Alison Reynolds, PhD
Dr. Alison Reynolds focuses her research and teaching interests on expressive and creative music development, early childhood and general music teacher preparation, and developing curriculum materials for children 12 years old and younger. Reynolds has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Research Studies in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Perspectives, and several state music educators’ journals.
Reynolds is co-author of Jump Right In: The Music Curriculum (Revised Edition) and Music Play: The Early Childhood Music Curriculum Guide for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers, which has been translated into Korean, Lithuanian, and Chinese; and is co-editor and contributing author for Engaging Musical Practices: A Sourcebook for Elementary General Music. She is a frequent presenter of research and practice in international, national, regional, state, and local venues.
Conference materials from past conferences, including handouts, videos, and presentation slides are available in the Members Access section of the website. Not a member? You can join or renew your membership here.