Engaging Students is an unconference on classroom music pedagogy.
What is an unconference?
Engaging Students is modeled after The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp). Here is how they define an unconference:
The shortest answer is this: an unconference is a highly informal conference. Two differences are particularly notable. First, at an unconference, the program isn’t set beforehand: it’s created on the first day with the help of all the participants rather than beforehand by a program committee. Second, at an unconference, there are no presentations — all participants in an unconference are expected to talk and work with fellow participants in every session. An unconference is to a conference what a seminar is to a lecture; going to an unconference is like being a member of an improv troupe where going to a conference is (mostly) like being a member of an audience. Unconferences are also free or cheap and open to all. For more information, see Wikipedia’s entry on the unconference.
Who is Engaging Students for?
Primarily professors, instructors, and graduate students in music with an interest in pedagogy. In the past, we have focused primarily on music theory. This year we are expanding the focus, to reflect the diversity of the community surrounding the Engaging Students ebooks and previous unconference attendees. (Aspiring) pedagogues from music theory, aural skills, music history, ethnomusicology, composition, performance, or education are all most welcome.
When is Engaging Students?
Thursday–Friday, July 23–24, 2015, online; Monday–Tuesday, July 27–28, 2015, CU–Boulder. Interested participants are welcome to join any or all of either the online or in-person sessions.
Where is Engaging Students?
The University of Colorado–Boulder College of Music in Boulder, Colorado.
What does it cost?
Nothing, just pay for your own travel and lodging if you are attending in-person. Small donations to help pay for coffee, etc. will be accepted.
How can I register?
See “Registration” above for the registration form.