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Elizabeth May Slater Prize (Education Section)
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Purpose: To recognize the most distinguished student paper or project, presented at the annual SEM conference, in the ethnomusicology of children, youth, 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.

Regularity: Annually.

Administration: The selection committee shall be made up of three members of Education Section, with members chosen for the next year's competition by the section at its annual business meeting or by mail-in or electronic vote. Those who are submitting a paper for consideration of this award may not serve on this review panel. Entries will be judged solely on the content of the papers, including the use of video, audio, and /or electronic examples submitted. In general, the May Slater Prize selection committee will decide upon a winner by 15 March each year.

Application Process: To apply for the May prize, each prize candidate must deposit three copies of his/her paper and a completed registration form to the prize committee chair at the Education Section business meeting or deposit said materials in a specified location at the SEM conference. The time and location of the Education Section meeting will be listed in the conference program. The paper deposited 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 four copies of 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: End of the Education Section business meeting, usually Saturday morning of the annual conference.

Prize Website: http://www.personal.psu.edu/acc13/blogs/SEM_Education/elizabeth-may-slater-prize.html




Andrea Emberly. “Teaching and Learning on Country: Children, Young People, and Music-Based Knowledge in Kimberley, Western Australia.”


Prize not awarded.

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