2019 Symposium on Music Teacher Education

Cultivating Perspectives and Practices
September 12-14, 2019
Greensboro, North Carolina

Travel & Logistics

Symposium Registration

Symposium registration is now available through this online portal. Registration costs $130 for graduate students and PK-12 teachers, and standard registration is $265 in advance of the Symposium. On-site registration will be $320.

Symposium Hotel

The conference hotel for the 2019 SMTE Symposium is the Greensboro Marriott Downtown, 304 N. Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401. Use this link to make your room reservations at the special Symposium rate of $139/night (plus applicable taxes and fees). You may also call the hotel directly (336) 379-8000 and mention the group code “Music Teacher Education Symposium” to receive the discounted rate.

Transportation To and From the UNC Campus

Transportation is provided for Symposium guests at the Marriott to and from campus in the morning and evening. The schedule will be as follows:

  • Thursday, September 12: 5:30-6:30 PM from Marriott to campus; 9:30-10:00 PM from campus to Marriott
  • Friday, September 13: 7:15-8:00 AM from Marriott to campus; 6:00-6:30 PM from campus to Marriott
  • Saturday, September 14: 7:45-8:30 AM from Marriott to campus; 8:00-9:00 PM from campus to Marriott

Family/Parenting Support

As you plan for sitters, please note that the Marriott and the conference location are approximately 2 miles apart (10 minutes by car; 36-minute walk).
SMTE is pleased to offer support for those attendees who will be bringing children to the Symposium. The following arrangements will be available:
1) A nursing room will be available at the Symposium site,
2) Assistance will be available for registered attendees who need to leave a session to care for a child,
3) UNCG students will be available to assist with childcare (more information on this coming soon). In addition, below are local child care facilities that offer short-term/hourly/drop-in care for a maximum of 4 hours.
This information is adapted from this website.

Bizi Kidz – ages 1 to 11
2500 Battleground Ave #A, Greensboro, NC 27408 – (336) 288-2004 or Bizi Kidz – 3735 Admiral Dr, High Point NC 27265 – (336) 882-3735
Glory Risers – all ages welcome – 5315-J Liberty Road Greensboro, 27406 – (336) 617-5633
Kid Spot – 6 months to up to 12 years old – 3294 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 – (336) 760-2585
Stay ‘N Play – ages 1 to 12 – 5314 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro, NC 27410 –  (336) 895-1040

On-Site Childcare during Symposium

During the Symposium hours on Friday (7:30-6:00) and Saturday (8:00-5:30), 1-2 undergraduate music education students will be providing sitting services in a reserved room in the Elliott University Center (EUC). If you would like to drop your child/children off, please look for signs directing you to the room or stop at the Willow room and speak to Emily Flynt, our Family Liaison, for more information. This is provided free of charge.

On-Call Childcare during Symposium

If you have an immediate need for a sitter during the Symposium – Friday (7:30-6:00) and Saturday (8:00-5:30) – that cannot be addressed by having your child/children in the EUC room, you may stop at the Willow room and ask Emily Flynt, our Family Liaison, to help you. You may have to negotiate pay and location depending on your exact need.

Evening Childcare

If you are interested in a sitter for Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday evenings, please contact Tami Draves at tjdraves@uncg.edu for a list of available undergraduate music education student sitters, or drop by the Willow Room during the Symposium for the list. You should negotiate pay and location with the individual sitter.

Other Childcare Needs

If none of the above options fit your needs or you would like to schedule your own sitters, please contact Tami Draves at tjdraves@uncg.edu for a list of available undergraduate music education student sitters, or drop by the Willow Room during the Symposium for the list. You should negotiate pay and location with the individual sitter.

Keynote & Plenary Speakers

SMTE is pleased to announce the following speakers for the 2019 Symposium on Teacher Education:

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Ken Zeichner

Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, Dr. Zeichner will present “Two Possible Futures for University Teacher Education” on Thursday, September 12, 2019. We welcome Dr. Zeichner’s expertise in teacher education and equity studies and know his remarks will meaningfully enrich the conversations at the Symposium. (bio)

Plenary Speakers

Dr. David Teachout, Director of the Teaching and Learning Commons at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (bio)
Dr. Jewell Cooper, Professor of Education and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (bio)
Dr. Doug Orzolek, Professor of Music; Director of Graduate Programs in Music Education; Associate Director of Bands; Department of Music Associate Chair, University of St. Thomas (bio)

We look forward to welcoming these outstanding scholars to the Symposium, and to their insights into the past, present, and future of music teacher education.

Proposal Submission

Proposal submission for the 2019 Symposium is closed.

To submit a proposal for consideration for the 2019 Symposium on Music Teacher Education, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you have read the Call for Proposals. Proposals will be blind-reviewed by members of the SMTE leadership and ASPA facilitators. Categories of evaluation are:
    • connection to music teacher education
    • relevance to the theme of the Symposium and/or the work of the ASPAs
    • innovation
    • timeliness
    • clarity of the objective
    • organization/writing
  2. Download the Proposal Submission Form here. Be sure to read all of the instructions, then complete the open fields with the content of your proposal.
  3. Once the document is complete, navigate to the proposal submission system. On the landing page, click the “Make Submission” link and complete the online form that follows. (You will not need to use the “Upload file” link at this time.) At the end of the online form, you will be asked to upload the completed Proposal Submission Form document from step 2.

Proposals are due April 15th, 2019 by midnight PDT. We expect to notify authors of decisions on or about June 17th, 2019.

If you have trouble with this process, please contact admin@smte.us.