SongWorks Annual Conference


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2021 Virtual Conference

Every Spring, SongWorks educators from around the world gather for three days of educational exchange, joy, and camaraderie. This year, the SongWorks Educators Association is partnering with Accelevents to bring the conference online for our first ever Virtual Conference, taking place April 8-10, 2021!

Along with live sessions on all three days, we will also be offering asynchronous sessions and activities to view on your own schedule. Live chat and breakout rooms help you connect with friends old and new, and this year—Happy Hour goes virtual!

View more details below, or click the button to register now!

Registration Deadline: April 4, 2021

Conference Details


Registration opens January 4, 2021. The registration fees for the 2021 Virtual Conference are as follows:

  • $100* – Regular Member
  • $50* – Retired Member
  • $25* – Student Member
  • $150 – Non-Member

* These options require current membership


Registration Deadline: April 4, 2021

Refunds and Cancellation: Refunds are available on Conference Registration fees until March 24 (minus a 10% processing fee). Membership Dues are non-refundable. Contact SWEA Registrar Alice Nordquist ( to request a refund.

Financial Assistance

For inquiries regarding financial assistance for the 2021 Virtual Conference, contact SWEA Grants Administrator Emilee Knell (


Many members also choose to join SWEA or renew their memberships at conference time, which you can do through the registration link above. You can view more information about SWEA Membership on the Membership Page. Annual membership dues are as follows:

  • $45 – Regular Membership
  • $75 – Sustaining Membership
  • $100 – Patron Membership
  • $20 – Student Membership

Schedule of Events & Presenters

Live Events

  • Thursday, 4/8 – 7pm-9pm CDT
  • Friday, 4/9 – 7pm-10pm CDT
  • Saturday, 4/10 – 9am-11am; 1pm-3pm CDT

Detailed schedule coming soon!

Conference Sessions (Tentative)

  • Dr. Douglas Bartholomew (MT)Blending with Bach; Hide and Seek with Hancock and Hubbard; Observations on Tonal and Rhythmic Syllables: What’s the Use?
  • Sandy Murray (BC)The Japanese Connection
  • Emilee Knell (UT)Playful Teaching: Using Centers in the Music Classroom
  • Judy Fjell (MT)Ukuleles and Jason Mraz
  • Molly Feigal (MN)Teaching Remotely Outside!
  • Betty Phillips (OR)What Happens When You Solve the Riddle?
  • Dr. Taryn Raschdorf (VA)It Takes Two to Tango! Using SongWorks as a Framework to Teach any Dance
  • Rebecca Hahn (MN)SongWorks for Strings: Using Sturdy Songs, Antiphonning, and Mapping with String Students
  • Dr. Susan Kenney (UT)What’s in a Song?
  • Danielle Solan (Hong Kong) – “I have Ideas!”: Growing Student Creativity
  • Vicky Suarez (TX)Bringing Music, Dance, and Games from Around the World into your SongWorks Classroom

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access the conference? Do I need special software?

All conference sessions, videos, and activities can be accessed through your web browser. Prior to the conference, you will receive an email with instructions on how to create an account and log into the conference platform.

What if I can’t make it to all of the live sessions? Will live sessions be recorded?

Yes! All sessions—live and asynchronous—will be available to registered attendees on the conference website for 30 days after the end of the conference.

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