Desert Skies 2023

2023 Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Learning and Teaching

School of Music, Dance & Theatre, Arizona State University 

February 16-18, 2023 

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University welcomes the 2023 Desert Skies Symposium for Research in Music Education to Tempe and the ASU campus on February 16-18. See the links below for further information about the 2023 Desert Skies Symposium.



Registration will open soon. 

Conference Schedule Outline and Locations

The conference schedule outline will be posted soon.

Final Program

The final program will be posted at the end of January 2023.


Abstracts will be available at the beginning of January 2023.


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 between the hotel and airport (on the hour). Click here for directions from Sky Harbor

Book your group rate at the Graduate Tempe

Rooms are available at a nightly rate of $175.00 on February 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th. The cut-off date for receiving this special conference rate is Wednesday, January 18, 2023. To reserve a room, please visit and ask for the ASU Desert Skies Conference rate. Each guest is responsible for paying their own room, taxes, incidentals, and damages.

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 between eight and nine 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 presentation tables/spaces, where authors present seated at a table to six to ten attendees.

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.

Call for Papers

The Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Learning and Teaching invites submissions for the seventeenth biennial meeting, to be held February 16-18, 2023, on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. 

You are invited to submit papers related to research on music learning and teaching in any context. The Desert Skies Symposium conceives of research broadly and encourages the submission of a variety of methodologies and styles of inquiry. 

We encourage applications from college and university faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, preK12 music educators, teaching artists, music therapists and music therapy researchers, and community music educators. Finally, we explicitly encourage work that centers equity and justice as well as interdisciplinary study and community-based or community-inspired work. 

Submit your abstract of 700-800 words (references not included in word count) by the extended deadline of September 26, 2022 as an attachment at Include the author or first author’s last name in the filename (e.g., Smith.DesertSkies.2023). 

Download a copy of the 2023 CFP here: 2023 Desert Skies Call for Papers