Information for Presenters



“Foundations of the Future”

The 2024 convention theme celebrates the role of early childhood music and movement in providing foundations for both young children and the individuals who make music with them. The foundational areas may include:
  • Increased global, interpersonal and intrapersonal connections through music and movement.
  • Music and movement pedagogical practices of tomorrow for all children.
  • Culture and language as the root of music and movement making.
Session proposals should be related to any of the foundational areas discussed above. 

Important Dates and Deadlines 

  • Deadline for proposal submissions: Sunday, October 22, 2023, 11:59pm PDT
  • Notification of acceptance: Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 11:59pm PST 
  • Deadline for presenter acceptance: Friday, December 15, 2023, 11:59pm PST; 


Session Formats

Practical Session Options: 

Option 1) Practical Workshop: Selected presenters will engage convention participants in an interactive workshop-style presentation focusing on the convention theme. 

Option 2) Practical Poster & Lightning Talk: Selected presenters will prepare a poster and a 1-minute lightning talk focusing on the convention theme.

Research Session Options:

(Reviewed by representatives from the NAfME Early Childhood Music Special Interest Research Group)

Option 3) Research Talk: Selected authors will share findings from an original research project based on the convention theme. Research must be completed at the time of the submission to be considered for a research talk.  

Option 4) Research Poster & Lightning Talk: Selected presenters will prepare an original research poster and a 1-minute lightning talk based on the convention theme. Completed or in-progress research will be considered for this option.


Terms and Conditions


    • Submitting a proposal indicates the authors’ commitment to attend the convention and present on the date and time assigned by the convention organizers. 
    • If selected,  presenter(s) agree to hold a current membership in ECMMA. Membership must be current during the 2024 convention. To join or renew your membership, click here: 
    • All presenters must register to attend the convention by Friday, January 1, 2024, to confirm their acceptance and be included in the program.
    • Presenters are responsible for their own convention registration, travel, room, and board.
    • All rooms include a projector, screen, and sound system. AirPlay will also be available for both Mac computers and PCs. Authors presenting workshops and talks are responsible for supplying a laptop computer, as well as necessary cords and adapters. While AirPlay is available, authors should bring the necessary cables to hardwire their connection should the AirPlay functionality not work properly.
    • Presentations of any type may not be an endorsement for a commercial or for-profit program.
    • Presenters are responsible for providing digital copies of their handouts. Presenters may choose, at their own cost, to provide printed handouts as well. 
  • Authors provide permission for ECMMA and the NAfME Early Childhood Music Special Research Interest Group (ECM-SRIG) to share session content, information, and materials for accepted submissions (e.g., via professional website(s), convention program, social media).
  • In your session and subsequent materials, you agree to abide by the ECMMA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Commitment Statement, which can be found here:"
  • RESEARCH TALKS: Authors of Research Talks understand that the research must be completed by the time of submission.
  • RESEARCH POSTERS & LIGHTNING TALKS: Authors of Research Posters & Lightning Talks understand that research may be in progress by the time of submission. We encourage these authors to complete their research by the convention.


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