2013 Call for Research Posters 

The Research Committee of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) invites submissions of research posters for presentation at the NCKP Conference in Lombard, Illinois on July 24-27, 2013.

The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy is a biennial meeting of keyboard music educators presented by the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy. In July of odd-numbered years, 800 to 1,000 teachers representing all fifty states and at least twenty other nations meet in the Chicago area for this event dedicated to achieving “extraordinary results with every student.” Each conference features distinguished keynote speakers, renowned performing artists and artist/teachers, teaching demonstrations, workshops, discussion groups, technology sessions, research presentations, and concerts by children, young adults and conference artists. For more information on the Frances Clark Center or NCKP, visit keyboardpedagogy.org.


Deadline for Submission is May 1, 2013

We are accepting submissions of:

1. Reports on research that consists of a clearly articulated research question and appropriate methodology. All aspects of keyboard pedagogy, music teaching, music learning and related subjects will be considered.

2. Reviews of empirical literature related to music and music learning that yield new insights into the discipline. Reviews should include descriptions of findings from a substantial number of original sources found in the research literature. If reviewing the topic of performance anxiety, for example, the author would collect empirical articles that have studied anxiety-coping techniques in subject populations and have measured effectiveness in some systematic way.

Authors may submit their reports or reviews to be considered for presentation. During theposter sessions, conference participants can learn about current research and discuss applications to music teaching with individual authors and reviewers.  

Guidelines for Posters

Eachposter presenter should prepare a 30” x 40” research poster that describes the research and, at presenter’s discretion, provide a one-page abstract as a handout for interested individuals attending the poster session. Posterpresenters must be available at two NCKP Conference Research Poster Presentations to discuss their findings.

Research submitted for poster presentation must be in the format of an abstract of approximately 750 words that provides a concise, yet thorough summary of the poster research.

Abstracts will be published in the Proceedings of the conference.

Poster abstracts are to be submitted as Microsoft Word documents by email attachment. In the subject line of the email, please include: “NCKP Conference 2013” followed by appropriate description, “Poster."

On a separate first page of the submission attachment, include the following: (a) the primary author’s name and other authors’ names, (b) current position(s) and institutional affiliation(s), (c) mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address (primary author only).

The file containing the poster abstract must be attached in Word Document (.doc) only. Other formats are not acceptable.

Those whose submissions are in literature review format should include a bibliography in addition to the complete poster abstract.

Send to:

         Lauren Thompson, Associate Director

         National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy

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Email notification of received submissions will be transmitted by May 8, 2013.

A juried selection process by the Research Committee will select 15 posters for poster sessions. Results will be announced by June 1, 2013.  

Selected Poster Presenters

Presenters will prepare a 30” x 40” poster that describes their research. Research posters should include the title of the research, author(s), and abstract and text should be visible from three to four feet away.  A table and easel will be provided.

At the discretion and expense of poster presenters, one-page abstracts may be distributed as handouts for both research reports and literature reviews. In addition to an abstract, a bibliography is strongly encouraged for those presenting literature reviews. 100 to 150 copies are suggested.

Presenters must register for the NCKP 2013 and be available at two sessions of the NCKP Conference Poster Presentations to discuss their findings.

Invitation to University Students

To encourage and provide a venue for dissemination of student research activity, the Research Committee will be accepting submissions of exemplary student research. A maximum of fifteen student posters will be chosen. These submissions should follow the same guidelines as described above for reports and reviews in the form of posters.  

If the student is submitting a poster co-written with faculty or non-student authors, the submission will not be reviewed in the student category.


A juried selection process will be used to award recognition for a preeminent poster in both professional and student presentations.

A scholarly jury chosen by the NCKP Research Committee will adjudicate the posters during the conference. These four awards will be presented in a plenary session at the conference.

The criteria for adjudication will be as follow: significance, relevance, research design, rigor, quality of presentation, and impact. Additionally, the research should be current and contain readily understood explicit or implicit recommendations that are likely to improve knowledge and practice in piano pedagogy.

Conference Registration and Fees

Visit www.keyboardpedagogy.org for details on conference registration. Any individuals whose research is selected for presentation will be permitted to register and attend the entire conference for the one-day registration fee of $150. Students whose research is selected for presentation will be permitted to register and attend the entire conference for the student one-day registration fee of $75.