Essay Competitions

CMEA/Acme National Student Essay Competitions

The Canadian Music Educators’ Association/L’Association canadienne des musiciens éducateurs invites the next generation of music educators to participate in the following upcoming essay competitions:

Past Winners

July 2019

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July 2018

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July 2017

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July 2016

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August 2014

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July 2013

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July 2012

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1994 - 2011

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2021-2022 National Student Essay Competitions

    • 4000-word limit, including abstract and references
    • 50–100-word abstract summarizing content
    • Introduction to the topic and thesis position
    • Literature and content
    • Context related to music education
    • Understanding of the issues/concepts, and/or practices
    • Originality
    • Conclusion and summary
    • Writing clarity
    • APA 7th edition citations and referencing Kenneth Bray Undergraduate Essay Competition Dr. Franklin Churchley Graduate Essay CompetitionELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to all Canadian undergraduate and graduate students studying worldwide and to foreign students studying in Canadian universities. Competitors may only submit one essay.TOPIC: The topic will be selected by the student, but it must be relevant to contemporary or evolving music education practices and/or issues.

      STYLE: Essays are accepted in either English or French. Essays must be typed, double spaced, and apply APA 7th guidelines for citations and references.

      Essays will be reviewed based upon the following:

    REVIEW PROCESS: The competitions will be judged in a blind review process by nationally recognized scholars in the field of music education. To avoid conflicts, reviewers will be selected after the entries have been received. Reviewers will be announced with the winners.

    SUBMISSIONS:  For the 2022 competition, submissions must be received electronically on or before MAY 1, 2022. No late submissions will be accepted. To facilitate a blind review process, applicants are required to include three Word file electronic attachments.

    File #1 is a cover page including:

    1. the name of the author
    2. name and year of the competition to which you are applying (e.g., Kenneth Bray Undergraduate Competition 2022, Dr. Franklin Churchley Graduate Competition 2022)
    3. institutional affiliation
    4. permanent home address
    5. permanent email address

    File name example: Smith Cover Page

    File # 2 is an abstract followed by the essay:

    Page 1: 50–100-word abstract summarizing the essay content

    Page 2: begin the essay

    File name example: Smith Undergraduate Essay 2022

    File # 3 is a letter from a faculty member:

    1. Verify university affiliation and current student status

    File name example: Smith Faculty Letter

    No identifying content within the body of the text is allowed with respect to either author or institution. Essays must be the student’s own work but may be vetted through faculty at the request of the author. Winning essays may be published by the CMEA in the Canadian Music Educator. Winners in each category will receive a cash award.

    EMAIL ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS TO:

    Dr. Francine Morin, Chair and Professor

    CMEA/ACME National Student Essay Competitions

    Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba

    Email: Francine.Morin@umanitoba.ca

    2022 COMPETITION DEADLINE MAY 1, 2022

Pat Shand

Pat Shand National Essay Competitions

Long time educator, researcher, and advocate for Canadian Music in Education, Dr. Patricia Shand, is the  sponsor for this national essay competition. This competition is aimed at practitioners in the field, college and university professors, researchers, composers, studio teachers, and students from all levels—K-12 and beyond.

Patricia Shand Prize for Essays on Canadian Music in Education

Topic: 

Essays may be on any aspect of Canadian music in education.

Style:

Essays are accepted in either English or French. Essays must be typed, double spaced, and conform to standard APA 6th edition style. Essay word limit: 5000 words. All charts, diagrams, and photos must be supplied camera-ready.

Eligibility:

This essay competition is open to practitioners in the field, college and university professors, researchers, composers and studio teachers, and students from all levels—K-12 and beyond. Submissions must not have been previously published. Entrants may submit only one essay.

Jury:  

Essays will be assessed by nationally recognized scholars in the field of music education who will be selected after the entries have been received to avoid conflicts. Jurors will be announced with the results of the competition.

Submissions:

Submissions must be submitted on or before December 31, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted.  In order to facilitate a blind review process, contestants are required to include two components in one electronic submission (rich text format).

  1. A separate cover sheet including the name of the author, institutional affiliation, permanent home address, and email address.
  2. A file containing a 100-150 word abstract and the Essay.

No identifying content within the body of the text is allowed with respect to either author of institution. Winning essays may be published in The Canadian Music Educator. First prize winner will receive a cash award.

Send submissions electronically to:

Dr. Francine Morin, Professor and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
Office Phone: (204) 474-9015
Email: Research@cmea.ca

Past Winners

2018 Pat Shand Essay Competition Winner

Dr. Jody Stark, University of Manitoba & Ms. Jennifer Arcand for their essay Exploring an Imagined Canadian Identity

2016 Pat Shand Essay Competition Winner

Sandie Heckel of Western University for her essay titled Soundscapes: Using Informal Learning Pedagogy to Create a Canadian strand of Musical Futures.

2015 Pat Shand Essay Competition Winner

Ms. Jennifer Skidmore, Master of Music Candidate at the University of Western Ontario for her essay titled, From Discord to Harmony: How Canadian Music Educators can support young Syrian refugees through Culturally Responsive Teaching.

2021 Essay Competition Winners

The Canadian Music Educators’ Association/L’Association canadienne des musiciens éducateurs is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 National Undergraduate and Graduate Student Essay Competitions. The jurors reviewed 20 undergraduate entries and five graduate entries for a total of 25 submissions.

 

The winners of the 2021 competitions are:

KENNETH BRAY UNDERGRADUATE ESSAY COMPETITION

 

1st PLACE: Ryan Henwood, Memorial University

Essay Title: How Can I Keep Them Singing? Exploring ‘Tumult and Strife’ in Adolescent Voice Change

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrea Rose

  1. FRANKLIN CHURCHLEY GRADUATE ESSAY COMPETITION

1st PLACE: Fiona Evison, Western University

Essay Title: Discovering Habitus and Doxa through Unison Composition

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ruth Wright

 

All essay submissions were blind reviewed by two jurors, Jurors are experienced music education scholars with strong credentials. They devote substantial time reading and scoring the submissions, as well as providing constructive feedback to participants.

 

2020 Undergraduate Essay Jurors

  • Julia Brook, Queen’s University
  • Glen Gillis, University of Saskatchewan
  • Bina John, University of Toronto
  • Anita Prest, University of Victoria
  • John Vitale, Nipissing University
  • Tracy Wong, McMaster University

 

2020 Graduate Essay Jurors

  • Carol Beynon, Western University
  • Peter Gouzouasis, University of British Columbia

 

Special thanks are offered to all who participated in the competition, including students, faculty advisors, and jurors. Together, we can make a difference by promoting dialogue about Canadian music education.

 

Dr. Francine Morin, Chair

Canadian Music Educators’ Association/
L’Association canadienne des musiciens éducateurs (CMEA/ACME)

National Student Undergraduate and Graduate Essay Competitions