Desert Skies February 2019


The School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University welcomes the 2019 Desert Skies Symposium for Research in Music Education to Tempe and the ASU campus on February 21-23. See the links below for further information about the 2019 Desert Skies Symposium.

Call for Papers

Please click on the link below to view the information on the Call for Papers: 

PDF icon Desert Skies Call 2019.pdf

Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2018.


Registration is now open. Click below to register for the 2019 Desert Skies Symposium:
The early bird conference rate of $95 for faculty and $50 for full-time students will be available through January 31st. After January 31st, the conference rate will be $120 for faculty and $60 for full-time students.  

Conference Schedule Outline and Locations

Desert Skies 2019 Abbreviated Schedule

Final Program

Desert Skies Symposium Final Program 2019


Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6

Session 7

Session 8 

Session 9

Session 10


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, is the main airport serving the Greater Phoenix area. It serves more than 40 million passengers a year, and goes to more than 100 domestic and international destinations, making it one of the 10 busiest airports in the U.S. With about 1,200 daily flights – about 500 nonstop – Sky Harbor is one of the most convenient airports and is about six miles from the campus and the conference hotel. 

The conference hotel (the Graduate) has a free shuttle (on the hour). Click here for directions from Sky Harbor


The conference hotel is The Moxy in Tempe, a newly-renovated boutique property. The Moxy is a 10-minute walk from the ASU Memorial Union, where sessions will be held. Book early to ensure a place, as Spring Training folks will be coming to town at about the same time.

Book your group rate for International Desert Skies Symposium

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.

Event Summary:

International Desert Skies Symposium

Start Date: Wednesay, February 20, 2019

End Date: Monday, February 25, 2019

Last Day to Book: Friday, January 18, 2019

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • Moxy Phoenix tempe/ASU Area. 199 USD - 199 USD per night


The Moxy Phoenix Tempe/ASU Area

Phone: (480) 968-3451

Address: 1333 S Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281

Conference Rate: $199/night, includes wifi and self-parking

*Must reserve before January 18th in order to get the group rate

**Mention you are with the International Desert Skies Symposium

Reservation Link: The Moxy


Local Restaurants

Click below for local eateries and restaurants near ASU's main campus: 

PDF icon desert_skies-_where_to_eat_.pdf

Instructions for Presenters 

The Desert Skies Symposium has used the following presentation format for several years, and we will continue with this format for the 2019 event.  

Sessions are 90 minutes long and include up to five to eight papers. 

Each 90-minute session begin with one-minute lightening talks by each of the presenters to the entire group.The lightening talks are overviews to help attendees select breakout sessions. Abstracts will be available online, which also aids attendees in selecting sessions.

Presenters then go to one of the five to eight presentation tables/spaces, where authors present seated at a table to six to ten attendees.

Three break-out times of 25 minutes follow the lightening talks. 

In break-out sessions, individuals present and discuss their research with a smaller group seated at the presenter's table. Typically, presenters do not read entire papers; rather, this is a more informal presentation of your research in a format of your choice, with the aim of engaging discussion and questions from those who have selected your session. Some presenters choose to use slides and/or audio/video clips using laptop computers. Others chose to provide handouts or an outline. Neither is required. Additional ideas are welcome.  The idea is to engage in conversation about your research. 

After about 25 minutes, groups rotate, and presenters repeat to a new small group, then another rotation occurs. In other words, you will present/discuss your research three times, each time to/with a different small group of attendees, during the same 90-minute session.