Archive for November, 2012

CFP: TAGS Conference 2013

Music and Music Technology, Keele University
Thursday 18th to Friday 19th April, 2013.

Deadline for proposals: 8th February 2013

Student travel bursaries available

Keynote Speaker: Philip Tagg

The SMA’s annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference will be hosted by Music and Music Technology at Keele University on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th April, 2013. The event provides a supportive and friendly environment in which postgraduates can gain experience in presenting their work and meet fellow researchers. Participants who do not wish to give a paper are also welcome.

Proposals are invited from postgraduate students for 20-minute papers, themed sessions and lecture recitals addressing any analytical, critical or theoretical subject and in relation to any style of music.

For 20-minute paper proposals, abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent by email to Becky Thumpston at Please include name, affiliation, postal address, email address, and AV requirements on a separate cover sheet. Organisers of themed sessions should also submit a brief overview of the rationale for the session, together with the individual abstracts. Proposals for lecture recitals should include full details of the proposed performance and any relevant requirements in their cover sheet.

The closing date for receipt of proposals is 8th February 2013. All those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome by Monday 18th February. Booking will also open on that date. Delegates will be invited to register from 10am on Thursday 18 April. The conference will commence at lunchtime on 18 April and finish by 3pm on Friday 19 April.

If you are presenting a paper you will be eligible to apply for an SMA Student Travel Bursary to help cover the costs of travel and accommodation (B&B accommodation will be available on campus). Further details can be found at to follow; please note that the deadline for applications for this event is Thursday 28 March, 2013.

Posted on 22nd November 2012 by Shay Loya in CFPs, Music Analysis, SMA No comments » Tags:

SMA Elections 2012

Dear SMA member,

Candidates are invited for the following two positions on the Society for Music Analysis Committee:

  • Vice-President & Events Officer;
  • Student Representative.

The elected candidates will work with the rest of the SMA Committee to represent and guide our activities over the next two years.

The Vice-President works with the President to represent and guide the Society, helping to plan and organise its central events: MAC conferences, Music Analysis Summer Schools, TAGS Weekends, and other events.

There are two SMA Student Representatives, and one of positions is now due for election. Student Representatives help the committee discover what sort of workshops, seminars, conferences etc. are of interest to the younger generation, and take a lead role in organising our programme of student events.

Members of the Committee are expected to attend meetings, which take place one or two times a year, usually in conjunction with other SMA events. Travel expenses to these meetings are reimbursed.

Terms of office commence on 1 January 2013 and are for two years in the first instance, with the possibility of re-election. Additionally, to be eligible to stand for election as a Student Representative, you should anticipate being enrolled on a university course for the duration of the two-year term of office. Interested candidates are welcome to contact the current SMA President, Michael Spitzer, for an informal chat (

Please send all nominations and seconded nominations, along with a statement of candidature, to David Bretherton ( by noon on Friday, 7 December 2012. E-mail ballots for the election and statements of candidature will be issued immediately afterwards, and voting will close at noon on Monday, 17 December 2012, at which point the results will be announced.

In the past, SMA members have enquired as to whether current office holders intend to stand for re-election, and so (without prejudice) we can report that Kenneth Smith intends to stand for re-election as Vice-President & Events Officer, and that Suzie Wilkins, having recently completed her doctorate, is not eligible to stand for the Student Representative position.

The SMA Committee.

Posted on 19th November 2012 by David Bretherton in SMA No comments » Tags: