2019 ASTA National Conference Call for Proposals is now CLOSED.

Speaker notifications will be sent in August 2018

Please completely read all the details below prior to the start of the submission process. 
The 2019 ASTA National Conference to be held March 6-9, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is an inclusive opportunity for all current and future ASTA members in the strings community to engage in exceptional formal and informal learning experiences.

ASTA’s National Conference, the only conference focused solely on strings and string education, delivers exceptional learning experiences.  Preference may be given to proposals that are positioned to deliver a mix of the following:

Content

  • Reflect innovative, cutting-edge content, and evidence-based practice
  • Present a business case with evidence supported by research or data

Instructional Design

  • Stimulate and provoke discussion, audience engagement, and outcome-focused design
  • Facilitate knowledge transfer and development of new competencies
  • Use methods that draw out relevant past knowledge and experiences

Audience

  • Target students through experienced teachers and musicians
  • Provide diverse approaches for different types of learners

Key Dates for Planning Purposes:

  • Call for Proposals Close: April 17, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Conference Invitations: August 2018
  • Sessions Materials Due: January 14, 2019 - Plan ahead!

The Details - Please read all the information prior to submitting a proposal(s)

Speakers will be notified of the status of their submission through the online submission system, so please make sure that your email address is correct.

 

  1. Primary Target Audience: Who are you teaching? The conference committee aims to have a diverse program; therefore, there is a blend of education that falls into the following audience categories. Select one and include it in the proposal (required).
    • Private Studio – Content covers pedagogy, instructional methods, and administrative tasks relevant to private studio instructors.
    • School Orchestra – Content covers pedagogy, instruction methods, classroom management, repertoire, classroom-based technology, and other topics relevant to public/private school teachers.
    • Collegiate/University - Content covers pedagogy, instructional topics, teacher preparation, and research relevant to higher education professors.
    • Student – Content covers topics relevant to attendees who are working toward becoming music educators, such as completing music degrees, finding employment, or attending graduate school.
    • Community Music – Content covers topics relevant to community music programs, such as youth orchestra programs, El Sistema, and New Horizons ensembles
    • Other – Content covers topics related to playing or teaching string instruments that do not fall into the categories above. Examples include eclectic styles (i.e., fiddle, rock, jazz, and world music), chamber music pedagogy and repertoire, wellness, theory, copyright, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and non-classroom based technology.

  2. Learning Formats: Learning formats support a range of instruction that give attendees that option of choosing different content, materials and methods that match their objectives. ASTA will publicize the session types in 2019.
    • Listen and Learn (60 min) – a blend of lecture-based instruction, interaction and case studies
    • Panel Discussion (60 min) – facilitated conversation with a group of experts and the audience
    • Learning Lab (120 min) – in depth practical instruction to enhance critical skills (limited availability)
    • Demonstration Group (60 min) – Watch and learn with a group focusing on skills
    • Learn and Play (60 min) - hands on learning experience with the speaker; bring your instrument
    • Express Talk (20 min) – A TED style talk given by 1 person that explores a single idea with practical tips

  3. Primary and Secondary Session Topic Focus: What are the primary and secondary topic areas that best describes the session?
    • Administrative Support (K-12)
    • Advocacy
    • Assessment
    • Chamber Music
    • Performance
    • Conducting
    • Copyright
    • Community music
    • Diverse and inclusive classrooms
    • Eclectic styles (fiddle, rock, jazz, world music, etc.)
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Improvisation
    • Literacy including aural and ear training
    • Building or maintaining a school program or studio
    • Engagement
    • Literature/repertoire
    • Practice techniques
    • Performance Anxiety
    • Recruiting and retention of students
    • Rehearsal techniques
    • Research related to pedagogy and performance
    • Standards based learning
    • String maintenance
    • Students with special needs
    • Technology
    • Theory and composition
    • Pedagogy
    • Training future string educators and performers
    • Working with a full orchestra
    • Wellness
    • Vibrato
    • Visibility and growth
    • Youth orchestra

  4. Marketing Description (50-75 words): Write a description that ASTA can use to market the session if selected.

  5. Abstract (300 words; this should be different than the Marketing Description): What will the audience learn? Some of the criteria for the selection committee to consider are the learning objectives to vet content.

  6. Speaker Information: Please include a brief professional biography for each speaker in your session; if you have presented at previous ASTA or statewide conferences, please be sure to include this information here. All speakers must be ASTA members and will need their ASTA Member ID number. To find your ASTA Member ID number, login into the website in the top navigation. (The default user name and password are your email address on file with ASTA.) Once logged in, click on “Hi, your name,” and you will find your ID number in your member profile.

Special Notes:
  • The committee will not accept session proposals that are solely performance based and those that promote individual commercial products. Commercial materials may be used in a session for educational objectives, but they cannot be used for promotional purposes. Taking orders or selling products during the session is prohibited.
  • Exhibitor Showcase applications (sessions promoting commercial products/Product Promotion Showcase) are available through the exhibitor prospectus and must be reserved by the sponsoring company.
  • All applicants must be current members of ASTA at the time of application and also at the time of conference; furthermore, they are expected to register for the full conference.
  • IMPORTANT: Session proposals will ONLY be submitted through this online submission process. No paper applications will be accepted. Online software will be available to accept session information until midnight April 17, 2018.

Product Promotion Showcases - Limited number available
These sessions are for promotion of commercial products and services. These sessions give companies the opportunity to launch new products, market directly to a focused group for a one-hour block, and provide increased visibility for your product or service. Showcases are available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis and are available to members of the String Industry Council exhibiting at the conference.
Members: Please contact your company representative to have them reserve the showcase slot.
Company Representatives: Please contact Susan Hoopes at shoopes@astaweb.com, or use the exhibitor prospects contract to reserve your slot.


Thank you for your support of ASTA and the strings community.

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