2021 Presenter Information.

June 27-30
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Notice for Presenters.


The Early Childhood Music & Movement Association (ECMMA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Early Childhood Music Special Research Interest Group (ECM SRIG) accepted presentations for the ECMMA 2020 Biennial International Convention at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Biennial Convention has been rescheduled to June 27–30, 2021 and will be held in the same location: Michigan State University.

All who accepted invitations to present at the 2020 convention will have the opportunity to give their presentation(s) in 2021. As such, we hope to keep the program essentially the same.

  • Presenters will be able to share work that was accepted to the 2020 convention–even if that work will be published prior to the convention.
  • All presenters will have to complete a new REGISTRATION for the 2021 convention, even if they registered and paid previously.
  • Presenters who paid a registration fee for the 2020 convention will NOT be charged a registration fee for the 2021 convention if they did not receive a refund for or donate their 2020 registration payment to ECMMA.
  • Presenters will have the opportunity to provide necessary updates for sessions.

Convention Theme (unchanged from 2020)
The 2020 convention theme addresses the needs and experiences of young children and the individuals who make music with them. Through lenses of human diversity–such as culture, (dis)ability, language, age, gender, and socioeconomic status–the convention participants will explore how children, adults, and communities interact with music and movement. Sessions, in a variety of formats, will primarily address music and/or movement pertaining to one or more of the following areas:

  • Constructing self-knowledge and identities (e.g., as musicians, movers, teachers, researchers, observers, facilitators, learners, listeners, co-creators)
  • Developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes in music, movement, and other areas (e.g., math, literacy, mentoring, teaching, self-care)
  • Promoting emotional wellness and wholeness
  • Strengthening families and communities (e.g., school, neighborhood, world)

New Online Options
After re-committing to present at the convention by registering, presenters will be able to coose from the following In-Person, Virtual, and Hybrid Options*:

  • In-person, not streamed
  • In-person, streamed
  • Remote streaming
  • Previously recorded
*It is the presenters' responsibility to obtain necessary copyright permissions.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Registration opens: September 15, 2020 (9:00a EST)
  • Deadline for presenters to confirm presenting at the 2021 convention: November 15, 2020 (11:59p EST); Presenters must complete a new registration form for the 2021 to accept
  • Schedule sent to presenters: On or before December 1, 2020 (11:59p EST)
  • Deadline for presenters to request NECESSARY changes: December 15, 2020
  • Early bird registration deadline: May 22, 2021 (11:59p EST)

Updating a Session Proposal
After registering for the 2021 convention, contact persons on the proposal will have the opportunity to provide necessary changes to sessions. Necessary changes may include adding results to completed research, correcting incorrect information or misspellings, and updating authors’ names or affiliations. Please do not make requests for wording preferences. Changes can be made to the following areas:

  1. Author bio(s)
  2. Abstract
  3. Presenter Availability (presentation can be given on any day, or presentation can only be given on specific days due to an unchangeable scheduling conflict)

Do not email requests for updates to session or presenter availability. Requests for changes must be submitted online using the online form that will be provided to contact persons after November 15. An email confirmation with session proposal information was generated and sent to the contact person at the time of the submission. All authors should communicate NECESSARY changes to the contact person.

Review Process for Requested Changes

  • Requests for necessary changes to session information and presenter availability will be honored as much as possible. Please do not request small changes to wording, etc.
  • The 2021 convention chair (Mara Culp, Eastman School of Music, mculp@ecmma.org) will review all requests for changes to proposals. When warranted (e.g., a research session), she will confer with the ECM SRIG President (Lisa Koops, Case Western Reserve University, lisa.koops@case.edu).

Terms and Conditions

  • Submitting a proposal indicates authors’ commitment to attend the convention and present on the date and time assigned by the convention organizers.
  • Music education professionals are strongly encouraged to hold membership in ECMMA, NAfME, or ISME. To join ECMMA or renew your membership: http://www.members.ecmma.org/join-ecmma
  • All presenters must register to attend the convention by November 15, 2021 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. Authors presenting workshops and talks are responsible for supplying a laptop computer, as well as necessary cords and adapters.
  • Presentations of any type may not be an endorsement for a commercial or for-profit program.
  • Presenters in any format must provide printed handouts. Electronic versions may also be requested by convention organizers.
  • Authors provide permission for ECMMA and NAfME’s ECM SRIG to share session content, information, and materials for accepted submissions (e.g., via professional website(s), convention program).
  • Posters will be hung and poster & lightning talk presenters must stand next to their poster during the designated presentation time and must provide a digital slide/poster to the convention organizers to display.
  • Research talks may be selected for a roundtable, forum, or panel discussion.
  • If selected for a forum, presenters must bring a digital version of the presentation on a flash drive. Those presentations will be loaded to a convention laptop and will be delivered as a part of two separate forums during the convention. PowerPoint is recommended.