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Collegiate Connections: Call for Proposals

Collegiate Connections
Friday, April 26, 2024 11:00 A.M. Eastern

Celebrating collegiate groups and their innovative projects

Collegiate Connections, a professional engagement initiative for students and faculty, supports the innovative work of emerging leaders, scholars, and artists. The program provides opportunities for collegiate groups and classes to submit term and annual projects to be showcased in an online national event. The program aims to foster peer connections and collaboration through the exchange of ideas, scholarship, and dialogue from across the country. 

We invite collegiate groups in pedagogy, repertoire, and related performance classes along with their faculty mentors to submit a group project. Projects may cover a wide range of topics such as creative teaching projects, lecture and musical presentations, community engagement, social justice, business entrepreneurship projects, and more. We welcome all submissions. 

Selected group projects will be featured in the inaugural Collegiate Connections online national event on Friday, April 26, 2024, from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Eastern. The online gathering aims to foster community exchange and will highlight these innovative and collaborative projects from selected collegiate groups and their faculty mentors. Selected projects may also be included in various Piano Inspires online and print resources, such as Inspiring Artistry, From the Artist Bench, Discovery Page, Piano Magazine, and Piano Inspires Kids.

The Proposals Submission Portal is open now. The deadline for project proposal submission is Tuesday, April 2, 2024. Please see below for submission information. Click here for the Collegiate Connections event registration.

Please join us as we explore and amplify the dynamic work of the next generation of piano educators and trailblazers. 

Call for Proposals

Projects may cover a wide range of topics such as creative teaching projects, lecture and musical presentations, community engagement, and business entrepreneurship projects.

Other suggested topics include but not are not limited to the following:

  • Advocacy
  • Business and entrepreneurship
  • Career development
  • Collaborative performance
  • Community engagement
  • Creative music making
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Early childhood education
  • Group piano
  • Inclusive teaching
  • Independent music teaching
  • Interdisciplinary subjects
  • New professionals
  • Research
  • Social justice
  • Teaching adults
  • Technology
  • Wellness
  • Other…

Proposal Requirements

  • Presenter names; faculty mentor; university affiliation(s); and primary contact email address
  • Exact title of proposed presentation  
  • An abstract of the project, not to exceed 350 words.
  • Format of proposed project (presentation, performance, creative project, etc.).
  • Short bio(s) (35-50 words) of the presenters as would appear in the program submitted in one Word document. 
  • Digital photo(s) of the presenters suitable for the program. Color headshot preferred; 300dpi. File named by presenter (Last First). Max file size of 6 MB.

The call for proposals has now closed as of April 3, 2024. To register to attend the event, click here.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting a proposal, all group members and faculty mentor agree to the following:

  • Primary Contact: Faculty may submit proposals on behalf of their students, or a student may serve as the primary contact.
  • Availability: Prior to proposal submission, proposers must communicate with all co-presenters and the faculty mentor regarding their interest and availability.
  • Submission Restrictions: Projects that are commercial in nature are not eligible for review.
  • Acceptance: The primary contact will be notified of final program decisions by April 9, 2024.
  • Communication: The primary contact is responsible for communicating all emails and information to all co-presenters.
  • Live Event Registration and Attendance: Presenters for all selected proposals are expected to register for and attend Collegiate Connections on April 26, 2024. Click here to register.
  • Change of Schedule and Cancellation Policy: The event schedule and format is subject to change without notice, including modifications to modality, duration, and timeframe, for reasons such as health and safety, and other reasons as deemed necessary.
  • Photograph and Video Usage Consent: With your consent, photographs or recorded video of this event may be used and reproduced as part of The Frances Clark Center’s teacher training resources, without compensation to you. In addition, the Frances Clark Center reserves the right to use the photographs and videos in any of its print or online publications and advertisements. All photographs, digital images, video files and other formats are the property of The Frances Clark Center.

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* This event will be held live and will not be available for replay. To participate in the event as an attendee, click here to register.

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