In 2010 and 2012, Establishing Identity: LGBT Studies and Music Education I & II brought together students, teachers, college faculty, and researchers to discuss relevant research, theory, and practice from an LGBT perspective. Topics included: career paths in music education and re/negotiating “the closet,” experiences of LGBT undergraduates in music education, music educator identity and sexual orientation, queer institutionalization, and gender and music education. More than 40 research studies and papers have been presented.
This purpose of the third symposium is to encourage, promote, and disseminate discourse regarding intersection of LGBT topics and music education. The symposium seeks to reveal how LGBT issues operate within music education in terms of research, curriculum, teacher preparation, and the musical lives and careers of LGBT music students and teachers.