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CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Posters Display and Lightning Talks

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 24, 2021 (11:59 EDT)

The NYSMTA 2021 Virtual Symposium is seeking proposals from all music performers and educators, MTNA members and non-members. All are encouraged to participate: collegiate chapters, college students, newly graduated young professionals, all private music teachers, and collegiate faculty.


Posters Display Session

Posters generally fall into two main categories: Pedagogy/Best practice posters, and Research posters. We welcome posters that display information on a variety of topics, for example:

  • Pedagogy: ideas for technique development, musicianship development, specific skills such as sight-reading, scales, pedaling, etc.

  • Lesson/teaching ideas for studio or group instructions

  • Music entrepreneurship (building a studio, advertising a studio, etc.)

  • Approaches for teaching specific populations (younger, older, special needs, etc.)

  • Music history

  • Repertoire/composers

  • Jazz, improvisation

  • World, popular, folk music

  • Aural skills/Music theory concepts

  • Wellness


Posters should be large enough to be seen from a distance. Consider the use of visual aids like photos, charts, or music scores to enhance the presentation. 


Lightning Talks

As the name suggests, these are fast! Lightning Talks are 5-minute oral presentations on a music related topic of your choice.  

Visual elements such as Powerpoint slides are encouraged. The topics should be practical in nature and applicable to a wide audience.

The 5 minute limit for Lightning Talks is strictly enforced! Make sure your proposed talk will fit the time limit. The most effective lightning talks are usually specific and focused on a single topic/idea, rather than trying to provide summaries of many ideas.

Sample Lightning Talks 2020

Submission Requirements


  • Title

  • 50 word abstract

  • 50-75 word biography

  • A computer-generated sample in PDF or JPEG format

Lightning Talks

  • Title

  • 50 word summary 

  • 50-75 word biography

  • URL of video (suggestion: upload on YouTube as unlisted)

**Selected presenters must register for the 2021 NYSMTA Virtual Symposium



Please direct any questions about the Lightning Talk or Poster Session proposals to: Dr. Asami Hagiwara at

Co-Chairs, Lightning Talk and Poster Display Sessions: 
Dr. Jacob Ertl (Nazareth College)
Dr. Asami Hagiwara (Onondaga Community College)
Dr. Mary Holzhauer (Ithaca College)

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