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The Education Section is devoted to supporting the ethnomusicology of children and youth, cultural diversity in music teaching and learning, and the pedagogy of the world’s musical cultures. Here you will find information regarding the Education Section's mission, activities, and projects. Please visit www. http://semed.weebly.com/ for the most current information and Call for Presenters. 

Katherine Palmer, DMA 
Curator of Education
Musical Instrument Museum 
Email: katherine.palmer@mim.org

Loneka Wilkinson Battiste, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, Music Education 
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
Email: lbattis2@utk.edu

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Table of Contents:
1. Education Section Information
2. Education Section Conference Events
3. Elizabeth Slater Award Information
4. Rita Klinger Memorial Fund
5. Past Officers
6. Link to Past Education Section Events



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(Draft document from Toronto 2000)
Recognizing that teaching world musics is an integral part of the preschool through postgraduate music curriculum, the Mission of the Education Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology is:

  • To nurture, advocate, and promote intercultural music education and instruction throughout the preschool through postgraduate music curriculum.
  • To encourage and promote research and educational partnerships among ethnomusicologists, music educators, community music practitioners, and culture bearers for the development of appropriate materials and methodologies for intercultural music education and instruction.
  • To provide accessible opportunities for individuals and groups to share knowledge, experiences, and expertise in intercultural music education and instruction.


Calls for presenters for our Ethnomusicology Goes to Middle School, the Day of Ethnomusicology, and Saturday Workshop events will be posted mid-April. Please visit www.semed.weebly.com for more information.


Education Section Conference Events

These annual events continue a critical mission of SEM membership by engaging local children and youth (and their teachers) through participatory music making events. By working with local communities, SEM members are growing a consciousness among musicians and teachers, far beyond the field of ethnomusicology, of music’s presence and power in world cultures. These events also provide graduate students of ethnomusicology and education with opportunities to hone their pedagogical skills and think creatively about considerations for disseminating their research through educational channels. These annual Education Section events have continued to grow and serve both the communities in which SEM gathers and the members of our scholarly society. If you are interested in getting involved with the Education Section or would like to submit a proposal for any of the events described here, please visit the Education Section website. Each year, the call for proposals for Education Section events is issued in early May.

Ethnomusicology Goes to School (EGTS) - Wednesday

"Ethnomusicology Goes to School" is a biennial event that is designed to bring ethnomusicologists into schools in the conference's host city so that ethnomusicologists and world music educators may teach lessons and observe classroom activities. This program has been in existence since 1994 in various formats.

While EGTS is focused on students of that electrically-charged period of their early adolescence, it’s understood that ethnomusicologists teach at every level--from preschool to postgraduate study--and in every facet of the K-12 music curriculum—genera music, band, orchestra, choir, and alternative ensembles. In the past, SEM Education Section volunteers have taught Chinese luogu and klezmer music in concert band, Latino dances for elementary school children, Khmer song for preschool children, Maori music and dance for middle school students, and much more. This outreach project has brought school children into contact with culture-bearers, authors of collections of world music instructional materials, and specialists in all areas of the world’s musics. As a result of past projects, some participants have developed long-term professional relationships with schools and individual teachers in addition to establishing a curricular partnership as an ongoing consultant for the school. In other cases, several EGTS host teachers have entered graduate study with an SEM educator who has volunteered time and skill in the school. If you are interested in participating in the Ethnomusicology Goes to Schools, please submit a proposal.

SEM – Education Section Forum

See conference program for current panel of papers related to ethnomusicology and music education.  If you are interested in participating in the Education Section Forum, please submit a proposal.

Day of Ethnomusicology – Friday


Started in 2014, the “Day of Ethnomusicology” brings in a group of high school students into the conference to participate in workshops, engage in discussion, attend conference sessions, and learn about ethnomusicology biennially. If you are interested in participating in the “Day of Ethnomusicology”, please submit a proposal.

World Music Pedagogy Workshop - Saturday

The World Music Pedagogy Workshop is an on-site workshop featuring participatory pedagogical clinics open to local music educators as well as conference attendees.  Ethnomusicologists, culture-bearers, and music educators present Interactive sessions on the pedagogy of world musics.  Local area teachers can receive professional development credit and are also invited to attend other conference sessions. 



Elizabeth May (Slater) Award


It is with great pleasure that we name this award for Dr. Elizabeth May (Slater). Dr. Elizabeth May (Slater) was a path-maker in the fields of ethnomusicology and music education. She spent a lifetime carving out a niche for the ethnomusicological study of children's musical cultures, and in developing the foundation for the study of the world's musical cultures within the realm of what is now referred to as world music pedagogy.

Purpose: To recognize the most distinguished student paper or project, presented at the annual SEM conference, in the ethnomusicology of children, youth, cultural diversity in music education, or the education or pedagogy of aspects of the world's musical cultures.

Eligibility: Any Society for Ethnomusicology member in good standing who presents, in person, a formal paper or project description in the ethnomusicology of children, youth, or the education or pedagogy of aspects of the world's musical cultures. Projects may be completed or ongoing. This award is open to student SEM members who apply for the prize, defined as those pursuing an active course of studies in a degree program, academic or applied ethnomusicologists, or members of the greater ethnomusicology field. This award is separate from all other prize competitions.  Papers submitted for other prizes (such as the Seeger Prize) are also eligible for the Elizabeth May (Slater) Prize.

Prize: A cash prize in an amount decided annually by the Education Section chair; the amount will not exceed $200.

Application Process: To apply for the Elizabeth May (Slater) prize, each prize candidate must provide an electronic/digital copy of his/her paper and contact information to the prize committee chair by midnight the last night (usually Sunday) of the SEM annual conference.  The paper submitted is to be the version that is read at the conference and may not be less than 10 double-spaced pages (roughly 3,250 word) and must not exceed twenty double-spaced pages (roughly 4,500 words). Candidates are encouraged to submit audio or visual examples that will be used in the presentation (CD, DVD, or PowerPoint formats are acceptable) with a brief explanation of how the examples are used in the presentation.

Application Deadline:

Please visit website for current deadline. 


Klinger Memorial Fund Co-Chairs: Sarah J. Bartolome & Patricia Shehan Campbell
Committee Members: Ramona Holmes, Sarah H. Watts, Amanda Soto, Ann C. Clements


Dear SEM Member,

As you may be aware, in 2012 we lost our dear colleague and longtime member of the Society of Ethnomusicology, Rita Klinger, to cancer. The Education Section of SEM is working to establish the Rita Klinger Memorial Fund to honor Rita’s memory and her legacy through a donation to the SEM Sound Future Campaign. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $3000 in Rita Klinger’s name as a means of recognizing and memorializing her contribution as an educator and ethnomusicologist. The Education Section has made an initial contribution of $1000 to establish the Fund, but we need the financial support of the SEM membership to bring the total to at least $3000 before we can officially make a donation. Once we have raised at least $3000, a memorial citation will be posted to the SEM website and the monies raised will be put to work through the Sound Future Campaign which “supports long-term advancement of research, publication, education, and public service in ethnomusicology.” These endeavors of SEM were very dear to Rita’s heart and we believe this Fund is a particularly fitting way to honor her memory.

Our goal is to raise $3000 by November 2014 so we can officially announce the Fund and recognize Rita’s accomplishments at the 2014 SEM Conference in Pittsburgh. Donations in any amount can be mailed with the enclosed Sound Future form (specify “Klinger Memorial Fund”). You can also visit the SEM website (
www.ethnomusicology.org) to contribute as part of your annual online membership renewal or in the Sound Future section of the website. Although any size donation is welcome, please consider a gift between $25 and $500. 

Rita Klinger was a brilliant musician and educator, with specializations in children’s musical development, traditional children’s songs and singing games, and was keen to ensure that diversity would figure importantly in the curricular content of school music classes.  She received her training in music and music education at the University of Hartford, with advanced degrees earned at Holy Names College and the University of Washington.  She was a singer, a French Horn player, and a conductor of choirs.  She was a full professor of music at Cleveland State University, and was a much sought-after clinician by teachers of music.  She published numerous articles and chapters, and was active in educational work for Smithsonian Folkways and the Association for Cultural Equity.

The establishment of the Klinger Memorial Fund enables those of us who worked with and learned from Rita Klinger to honor her memory and her contribution to ethnomusicology and music education. Please join us is memorializing Rita’s lifeworks and make a donation to the Klinger Memorial Fund. Thank you for your participation.

Sarah J. Bartolome and Patricia Shehan Campbell, Co-Chairs                           
The Rita Klinger Memorial Fund


Past Officers

Past Co-Chairs, 2015 – 2017 
Amanda C. Soto, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, Music Education
Texas State University 
Email: asoto@txstate.edu

Sarah H. Watts, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, Music Education 
Penn State University 
Email: shs133@psu.edu

Past Chair, 2013 - 2015
Sarah J. Bartolome, Ph.D.

Northwestern University


Past Chair, 2011 – 2013
Ramona Holmes, Ph.D.
Seattle Pacific University


Past Chair, 2009 – 2011
Ann Clements, Ph.D.

Penn State University


Past Chair, 1999 – 2009
Bryan Burton, Ph.D.

West Chester University


Past Chair, 1994 – 1999
Kari Veblen, Ph.D.
University of Western Ontario


Past Chair, 1989 – 1994
Patricia Shehan Campbell, Ph.D.
University of Washington


Past Chair, 1984 – 1989
Carolyn Card-Wendt, Ph.D.
Indiana University


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