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:

2020-21 National Student Essay Competitions

  • Kenneth Bray Undergraduate Essay Competition
  • Dr. Franklin Churchley Graduate Essay Competition 

More information for both of these competitions can be found in the Call for 2020 and 2021 National Student Competition in English and French.

Submissions:

Deadlines:

  • 2020 Competition – December 18th, 2020
  • 2021 Competition – May 1st, 2021

Contact:

Dr. Francine Morin, Chair
CMEA/ACME National Student Essay Competitions
Professor and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Faculty of Education
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
Telephone: (204) 474-9015
Email: Research@cmea.ca

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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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, 2018. 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.