The 17th Mountain Lake Colloquium will take place May 21-24, 2023 at Mountain Lake Lodge

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The 16th Mountain Lake Colloquium - May 24-26, 2021

Engaged Work Toward Justice: People, Practices, and Priorities

Registration is now CLOSED for Mountain Lake 2021

The 16th biennial Mountain Lake Colloquium took place from May 24 - 26, 2021. Please see below for information regarding this colloquium. 

This conference provided a forum to raise critical questions about the people, practices, and priorities regarding justice within general music education. It explored environments, programs, societal/institutional structures, curricula, and theories that expand educational opportunities and access in general music teacher education. Through the examination of current practice, we explored solutions and shared paths for moving forward.

Engaged work toward justice ensures that civil and human rights are protected for everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, the nation of origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, or class. Selected sessions will provide a range of policy, planning, and pedagogical perspectives from across the country and will highlight exemplary projects, initiatives, and models. 

The conference focused on key questions about work toward engaged justice:


  • Who are we serving/not serving in general music teacher education programs and why?

  • How is music teacher education supporting or not supporting the academic, professional, social, and emotional needs of students in marginalized populations? 

  • How are general music teacher educators responding or not responding to the various needs of diverse students including, but not limited to, mental health concerns, neurodiversity, sexual identity, disabilities, immigration status, and race? 

  • How are music education programs diversifying their faculty, staff, and administrators to include Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian (BBIA) people and other diverse groups? 

  • What professional development opportunities exist and are needed for faculty in music teacher education programs that promote increased intercultural awareness?



  • How are we preparing our preservice teachers to work in diverse environments and to implement anti-racist and inclusive practices?

  • How can teachers and students work together to address the injustices that their students continue to face? 

  • What anti-racist and inclusive classroom practices are being successfully utilized? 

  • What are possible strategies for initiating challenging or difficult conversations? 

  • What are the ways in which teacher educators transform their instructional environments to create belonging and well-being for BBIA and all people?



  • How are we identifying systemic inequities and exclusionary practices and policies within our music education programs and campuses? 

  • How can general music teacher educators effectively advocate for engaged work toward justice within environments that may have competing priorities or divergent goals? 

  • How can we advocate for expansive music practices in ensemble participation and music curricular offerings beyond music education courses? 

  • How are music programs in higher education and Pre-K–12 education addressing resistance to institutional change? 

  • How do we as a community move beyond beliefs and policy and toward individual and collaborative action?



Session Formats:

Plenary/Simultaneous Sessions: These are presentations given to either the entire colloquium or in several different locations at the same time. The majority of presentations at Mountain Lake fall in this category and presenters in these sessions will have approximately 25–30 minutes to present. 

Active Music-Making/Interactive Technology Session: These 50-minute sessions are all about making music or demonstrating technology or specific techniques that would work effectively in general music or music teacher education settings. 

Research Gallery/Flash Session: Presenters will share their work related to current research studies related to general music and/or music teacher education through short flash presentations.

Roundtable Discussion: Presenter-led breakout room conversations about topics of interest to general music teaching and learning. 





Click to learn more about Dr. Anthony Leach, the 2021 Mountain Lake Colloquium Keynote Speaker


Click here to download the Mountain Lake 2021 Schedule