NB: for the 2012 TAGS conference CFP, please see https://www.sma.ac.uk/event/cfp-tags-conference-2012-for-music-postgraduates/.

Venue: Institute of Musical Research, London.
Conference dates: Wednesday 27th – Thursday 28th April 2011.
Proposal deadline: Friday 11th March 2011.

Student travel bursaries and conference accommodation available

Keynote Speakers:

  • Michiel Schuijer (Conservatorium van Amsterdam): ‘The Modern Conservatory and the Practice/Theory Dichotomy in Music Education’
  • Arnold Whittall (Kings College, London): ‘Written off? Theory, analysis, and twenty-first century musicology’

The SMA’s annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference will be hosted by the Institute for Musical Research on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th April 2011. Centred in the heart of London, 2 minutes’ walk from Russell Square tube-station, the IMR is located in the University of London’s Senate House buildings (see http://music.sas.ac.uk for details). Delegates will be invited to arrive by lunchtime on Wednesday and sessions will finish by late afternoon on Thursday.

The event aims to provide 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 very welcome. Proposals are invited from postgraduate students for 20-minute papers addressing any analytical or theoretical subject. We also welcome submissions in the following areas:

  • Performance Analysis and Improvisation
  • Analysing Atonal Music
  • Perception of Musical Structure
  • Analysing non-Western Musics
  • Music & Philosophy
  • Analysis and Computer Modelling
  • Popular Music Analysis
  • The Ontology of Musical Works
  • The Future of Music Analysis

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent by email to Kenneth Smith at events@sma.ac.uk (email size limit = 5MB). Please include name, affiliation, postal address, email address and AV requirements on a separate cover sheet. Organisers of themed sessions should submit a brief overview together with the individual abstracts.

The closing date for receipt of proposals is 11th March 2011. All those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome by 25th March 2011.


Reasonably priced accommodation (£40 per single room, B&B) has been negotiated for delegates at Passfield Hall, Bloomsbury for Wednesday night. There are a limited number of rooms, so please indicate as early as possible if you would like to have one reserved.

Student Travel Bursaries

A limited amount of bursaries (of up to £100) for travel and accommodation expenses are available for existing student members of the SMA. Further information on the application process may be found at https://www.sma.ac.uk/grants/travel/.