ECMMA’s Biennial International Convention has been rescheduled from June 28-July 1, 2020 to June 27-30 2021. It will be held in the same location: Michigan State University.

FAQs/Points of Information

 

  1. I already registered for the 2020 convention, will I need to register for the 2021 convention?
    • Yes. Everyone who plans to attend the 2021 convention will need to register for THAT convention. However, you can choose to roll your registration fee over to the 2021 convention and would not have to pay the 2021 convention registration fee. If you receive a refund for your registration payment or choose to donate your registration payment to ECMMA, you will need to pay a registration fee for the 2021 convention.
  2. Will the cost of registration go up for the 2021 convention?
    • At this time, we are uncertain whether we will need to raise the registration rates to cover expenses related to the convention. However, we will not be offering a discounted rate for oral presenters. Registration rates for the 2021 convention will be announced in Fall 2020, and they may increase.
  3. What will happen to the registration payment I made? What are my options and who should I contact?
    • Option 1: Roll your registration payment to the 2021 convention. This will lock in your rate, insulate you against any potential rate increases, and also help ECMMA to manage the expenses we already incurred for convention. There will not be a discounted rate for oral presenters for the 2021 convention. Those who receive a refund will need to pay the 2021 convention at the 2021 convention rate, which may increase. Email tstratton@ecmma.org by June 1st, 2020 to indicate you wish to roll over your registration to the 2021 convention. If you do not respond by this deadline, your payment will be automatically rolled over to the 2021 convention.
    • Option 2: Donate your registration fee to ECMMA to help us remain financially viable in this unprecedented time. You will receive a donation letter for your records. If you choose this option your registration payment will not be applied for the 2021 convention. Those who donate their registration payment will need to pay the 2021 convention rate, which may increase. Email tstratton@ecmma.org by June 1st, 2020 to indicate you wish to donate your registration.
    • Option 3: Request a refund. Due to administrative costs we have already incurred to host the conference, we will reserve $30 of your registration fee as non refundable. If you paid for a printed program we will also refund this $10, as we have not yet printed them. If you request a refund now but decide to attend the 2021 convention, you will need to pay the 2021 convention rate to register, which may increase. Email tstratton@ecmma.org by June 1st, 2020 to request a refund.
  4. When do I have to make a decision about what happens to the registration payment I already made?
    • The deadline to select an option is June 1, 2020. It is our established practice not to offer refunds and registrations are non-refundable after June 1. If you do not respond by June 1, your registration will rollover and serve to pay for your registration for the 2021 convention. If your registration rolls over and you are not able to attend the convention in 2021, your registration will be converted to a donation and you will receive a letter of donation after the convention.
  5. What about my hotel reservation at the Kellogg Center?
    • If you reserved a hotel room at the Kellogg Center using our room block code, your reservation has been canceled and you will receive a full refund. There is nothing further you need to do.
    • If you did not use the room block code to make your reservation, you will need to contact the Kellogg Center directly (phone number and email).
  6. I was supposed to present a session, workshop, or poster.
    • To the maximum extent possible, we will be keeping the same program–which will be a great convention!!!
    • If your work will be published before the 2021 convention, you can still present your work.
    • We are planning to follow up with you on or by October 15, 2020 to confirm that you still plan to present, and will require that you re-confirm your commitment to present at that time:
    • If you did not receive a refund or donate your registration fee, you will need to register for the 2021 convention to confirm your commitment to present at the 2021 convention, but you will not pay a registration fee.
    • If you did receive a refund or donate your registration, you will need to register and pay the 2021 convention registration rate to confirm your commitment to present.
    • We would like you to present the material you had proposed. We are planning to provide presenters an opportunity to update their session information with pertinent and necessary changes. We are planning to email the contact person listed on the proposal by December 1st. 2020. Only the contact person listed on the proposal will be able to submit requests for changes (one submission per presentation).
  7. Will the presenters I wanted to see still be there?
    • YES! Keynotes Dr. Elizabeth Andang’o (Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya) and Dr. Elaine Bernstorf (Wichita State University, Wichita, United States) plan to present in 2021.
    • Hall of Honor Inductees Dr. Donna Brink Fox (Eastman School of Music, Rochester) and Dr. Cindy Taggart (Emeritus, Michigan State University, East Lansing) will still be recognized at the banquet and both still plan to present sessions.
    • We have confirmed that NAfME’s Early Childhood Music Special Research Interest Group (ECM SRIG) will still participate.
    • Representatives of the International Journal of Music in Early Childhood still plan to attend.
  8. When should I look for information regarding new timelines (e.g., hotel reservations)?
    • This information is forthcoming and we are trying to be sensitive to the financial uncertainty this has caused many. We are planning to share new deadlines on the convention website in the coming months. Updates will include timelines for hotel reservations, convention registration, etc.

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 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, and Strengthening families and communities (e.g., school, neighborhood, world)