The 4th Symposium for LGBTQ Studies and Music Education

Dates: June 29 – July 1, 2021
Joint Symposia Website:

QMUE 4 Virtual Symposium

The Planning Committee announces that 4th National Symposium on LGBTQ Studies and Music Education will be held in an online/virtual format over three exciting days: June 29 through July 1, 2021. After careful consideration of the health & safety of presenters and potential participants, the planning committee decided to proceed with the symposium this year as a virtual event.

The QMUE 4 symposium will be held in conjunction with the MayDay Group’s 32nd Colloquium, which will focus around equitable, diverse, and inclusive music learning practices. We hope by bringing these two communities together that our work around justice and equity can have further reach and scope.

Updated Presenter Bios and Abstracts

    Details about QMUE 4 Presenters and their Session Abstracts are now available!
    (posted June 12, 2021)

Thank you for your continuing support of LGBTQ Studies and Music Education. Please visit the joint symposia website for additional updates and information.


In 2010, 2012, and 2016, LGBTQ Studies and Music Education Symposia I, II, & III brought together students, teachers, college faculty, and researchers to discuss relevant research, theory, and practice from an LGBTQ perspective (see papers from 2010, 2012 and 2016).

The purpose of these ongoing symposia is to encourage, promote, and disseminate discourse regarding the intersections of LGBTQ topics and music education. In this fourth symposium, we seek to further explore how LGBTQ interests operate within music education in terms of research, curriculum, teacher preparation, and the musical lives and careers of LGBTQ music students and teachers.