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Music Research Guide

This guide provides resources for Music Performance, Music in the Liberal Arts, Music Production and Recording Arts, & Music Education

Studying Diversity in Music

Use these resources to help you explore different music organizations and resources related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in music. 

Links to Music Organizations for Various Interests/Groups

  • The Society of Music Perception & Cognition: The Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC) is a scholarly organization dedicated to the study of music cognition. Use this website to learn about this rapidly growing field, including information on researchers, conferences, and student opportunities. 
  • Analysis, Creation, and Teaching of Orchestration (ACTOR): The ACTOR Partnership proposes to enhance attention to timbre and orchestration by bringing its musical use to the forefront of scholarship, practice, and public awareness with world-class artists, humanists, and scientists.
  • The American Musicological Society: The American Musicological Society is dedicated to advancing the study and teaching of music through a broad array of programs, including grants, fellowships, awards, publications, and events.
  • The Society for American Music: The Society for American Music is dedicated to the study, teaching, creation, and dissemination of all musics in the Americas. As a scholarly, collegial, and inclusive organization, we serve a wide and diverse array of academics, librarians, composers, performers, and members of the general public.
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music: The International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) is an international organization established to promote inquiry, scholarship and analysis in the area of popular music.
  • American Music Therapy Association: The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)'s mission is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world. AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentialing, and research in support of the music therapy profession.
  • National Association for Music Education: National Association for Music Education (NAfME), is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
  • Guide from SMT about how to write a professional conference proposal