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)

Submission Overview

  1. Confirm your SWEA membership is up to date to be considered for a conference presentation. Contact Alice Nordquist ( if you are unsure of your membership status.
  2. Review the Proposal Selection Factors below as you create your proposal.
  3. Submit a separate form for each session you are proposing.
  4. Submit your proposal(s) here: Proposal Form by September 30, 2022.
  5. Contact Conference Chair Jake Harkins ( if you have questions or want to discuss your thoughts.

Selection Factors

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.

Conference Details

Registration Fees

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

Membership Dues

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 ( 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.

Financial Assistance

If you applied for financial assistance with conference registration fees, please wait to register until you are contacted by SWEA Grants Administrator Emilee Knell (

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 (

Schedule At-A-Glance

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)

Jake Harkins

Conference Chair

Jake Harkins
Falls Church, VA
Erin Bailey
Emilee Knell

Children’s Choir Meets SongWorks!

Dr. Erin Bailey and Emilee Knell
Provo, UT
Doug Bartholomew

Hancock’s Driftin’:

A Study in Mapping

Dr. Doug Bartholomew
Bozeman, MT
Molly Feigal

Kids’ Brains After a Pandemic

Molly Feigal
Minneapolis, MN
Nan Fitzpatrick

Break ‘Em On Down, These Walls Between Us

Nan Fitzpatrick
Sacramento, CA
Debanhi Garcia
Vicky Suárez

Hoy Cantamos y Jugandos:

Bringing Songs and Games Into Your Classroom
With Authenticity and Engagement

Debanhi Garcia and Vicky Suárez
Dallas, TX and Richardson, TX
Rebecca Hahn

Playing Pictures:

Student-Created Arrangements, Student-Centered Learning

Rebecca Hahn
Apple Valley, MN
Katie Herzberg

High Hopes for Rhythm and Solfège

Katie Herzberg
Charleston, IL
Susan Kenney

Embracing the Classics:

Dance of the Comedians

Susan Kenney
Alpine, UT
Aimee Newman

En Roulant ma Boule? Let’s!

A French-Canadian Paddle Song

Aimee Newman
Beaverton, OR
Alice Nordquist

Now the Song Is in Your Hand:

Mapping Manifested

Alice Nordquist
Baltimore, MD
Betty Phillips

Back to Our Beginnings:

It All Starts with Play

Betty Phillips
Corvallis, OR
Taryn Raschdorf

You Must Learn to Join the Dance

Dr. Taryn Raschdorf
Virginia Beach, VA
Lisa Schoen

Ice Skates and Snowflakes:

Movement, Mapping, and Melody

Lisa Schoen
Farmington, MN
Anna Shelow

Sidewindin’ Towards the Staff

Anna Shelow
Cleveland, OH
Danielle Solan

Song Games from Around the World

Danielle Solan
Hong Kong, China

Visiting Scholar

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

Chair of Music Education and Music Therapy
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

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.

Past Conferences

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.