Digital Lectures
The Society for American Music’s Education Committee sponsors a series of online video lectures on American music topics. Designed for general audiences, these lectures address any topic or theme in American music studies. Each “Digital Lecture in American Music” is between 10 and 15 minutes in length.

 

CFP: Digital Lectures in American Music (2019-20)

The Society for American Music’s Education Committee solicits proposals for a series of online video lectures on American music topics. Designed for general audiences (including, but not limited to, high school and university students, concertgoers, and/or historical societies), these lectures may address any topic or theme in American music studies but should approach the material with the layperson in mind. Each “Digital Lecture in American Music” should be approximately 15 minutes in length.  Please note that the Society employs an expansive definition of “American music” that encompasses all musics of the Americas, including Latin music, Canadian music, Indigenous music, and other marginalized music traditions. In this fourth iteration of the DLAM project, we are open to proposals that explore the use of the medium beyond the approaches taken by previous participants.

 

An application should contain a complete curriculum vitae and a proposal of no more than 500 words that includes the following:

  • The topic or theme to be addressed in the lecture.
  • A rationale explaining the relevance of the topic or theme to a lay audience.
  • The intended audience(s) for the lecture.
  • A discussion of the ways that the presenter will capitalize on the video medium.
  • A statement describing the presenter’s access to and experience with video production equipment and software.

 Successful proposals will:

  • Explore a compelling topic of broad interest.
  •  Rely on contemporary scholarship in American music studies.     
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of a lay audience.
  • Make strong use of the video medium.
  • Make strong use of the video medium.

The Society for American Music’s Education Committee will select three proposals for this round of “Digital Lectures in American Music” and will award an honorarium of US$500 upon completion of the project. The lectures will be hosted on the Society’s webpage and its YouTube channel.

 

Click here to apply. Use this contact form if you have any questions.

Applications must be submitted by 1 October 2019.

 

Past Winners

Year Winner
2019 Basil Considine and Elissa Edwards
Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely

 
Michelle Boyd
The Larks Still Bravely Sing: Musical Settings of “In Flanders Fields”

Carol Shansky and Joseph D’Auguste
Klezmer: European Traditions Reimagined in America

2018 Dana Gorzelany-Mostak
Songs in the Key of President C: Music on the Campaign Trail

David Blake
Performing Democracy Through Folksong: Pete Seeger in the 1950s


Hannah Leland
Valses fromSpecter of the Rose: A Hollywood Romance

2017 Katherine Reed
Stagger Lee’s Come Out on Top: The Ballad of Stagger Lee
Monica Hershberger
Making Lizzie Borden

Rami Stucky
Steve Reich and the Harlem Riots: “Come Out,” 1966