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  • Call for Papers – 2015 International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education

    May 22nd, 2014

    The 2015 International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education will be held at Loyola University New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on June 14-17, 2015. The conference organizers invite the submission
 of proposals for papers on aspects of theory, philosophy, research and practice in the sociology of music education.  The symposium welcomes research and scholarly investigations into a wide range of contexts, such as schools, universities, festivals, communities, the media, homes and the Internet.  ‘Music education’ is understood to include all forms of teaching and learning music – formal, informal and non-formal. The deadline for proposals is December 15, 2014, and additional information can be found at the symposium website:

  • Fifth NSF-Sponsored Performamatics Workshop, Thursday and Friday June 19-20, 2014

    April 24th, 2014

    The University of Massachusetts Lowell Departments of Music and Computer Science, in conjunction with the New York University Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, are pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for the fifth  two-day NSF-sponsored Performamatics workshop on Thursday and Friday, June 19-20, 2014, at NYU in New York City. The purpose of these workshops is to share the techniques and materials used in teaching an interdisciplinary course on computational thinking through computing and music. Thanks to support from the National Science Foundation, there is no charge to participants to attend the workshop. In addition, project funds cover two nights’ lodging and meals on both days of the workshop. Limited funds are also available to help support participant travel to and from the workshop.

    For more information, please go to:

  • Call for Papers: Desert Skies Symposium 2015

    April 19th, 2014

    The 14th Biennial Desert Skies Symposium will be held February 19-21, 2015 at the University of Arizona. Please review the call for papers online for more information. Submissions are due October 26, 2014.

  • Changes to Subscriber Accounts on Website

    April 14th, 2014
    ATTENTION TO ALL SITE USERS: In preparation for some upcoming changes on the site, we are changing the way subscriber accounts are used. As part of this process, all past subscriber accounts have been closed and deleted as of 1:00am EDT April 14, 2014. We encourage you to create a new account on this site. For registering a new account, visit the Log In page and click Register. You will be asked to create a user name and enter some information including a valid email address.
    New subscriber accounts will have access to some great features in the near future:
    • Receive email updates about SMTE events and activities
    • Add one or more Areas of Strategic Planning and Action (ASPAs) to your user profile
    • Communicate with other members
    • Access event registration and proposal submission
    Thank you for your interest in music teacher education and SMTE. We hope you will continue to be involved by visiting this site with your new account.
  • SMTE Announces Dates for the 2015 Symposium

    April 13th, 2014

    The 2015 Symposium on Music Teacher Education will be held on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Thursday through Saturday, September 17-19, 2015. Please check the Symposium page at as more details are announced in the coming months.

What is SMTE?

The Society for Music Teacher Education was founded in 1982 and is open to those members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) with a particular interest in music teacher education.

[Checking the "teacher education" interest area on the NAfME membership form establishes membership in the Society for Music Teacher Education.]

Purposes of the Society

  1. Improve the quality of teaching and research in music teacher education.
  2. Provide leadership in the establishment of standards for certification of music teachers.
  3. Serve as an arm of NAfME in influencing developments in music teacher education and in the certification of music teachers.

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