Teaching Music History Conference 2017

9-10 June 2017 at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA

  • Co-Organizers:
    • John Spilker
    • Alex Ludwig
  • Local Arrangements:
    • Simone Pilon
    • Alex Ludwig
  • Program Committee:
    • Trudi Wight, Regis University, Chair
    • Elizabeth Clendinning, Wake Forest University
    • Claire Fedoruk, Azusa Pacific University
    • Christopher Macklin, University of Illinois
    • Colleen Renihan, Queen’s University

Call for Papers and Online Application Form

The deadline for presentation proposals is 1 February 2017 at 11:59pm PST.  For more details, see our Call for Papers.  To apply, use our Online Application Form.

Local Arrangements

The 2017 edition of the Teaching Music History Conference will take place on 9-10 June (Friday-Saturday) at the Berklee College of Music, located in the heart of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The conference may be extended to include 11 June, depending on participant interest and availability.  All conference-related activities, including all sessions and breaks, as well as campus housing, can be found in the building located at 160 Massachusetts Avenue.

NOTE: For questions, please contact Alex Ludwig at aludwig@berklee.edu.

Campus Map

Coming soon!


All conference attendees are welcome to stay in campus housing located in 150 Massachusetts Avenue. Rates and further details will be available soon.

Off-Campus Housing: There are several other housing options in the immediate vicinity of the conference location. The Oasis Guest House is likely the most affordable option: located at 22 Edgerly Road, in Boston, the Guest House is mere steps from the conference. The Sheraton Boston and Hilton Boston Back Bay, located at 39 and 40 Dalton St., respectively, are one block from the conference. In addition, the closest “Green” Line “T” stop is merely two blocks, at 100 Massachusetts Avenue. This branch of the train will connect you to more housing options throughout the city.

Wireless Access

Wireless access is available in the 160 Mass. Ave. building via the “Berklee-Guest” network option.


This year the entire conference will be live-streamed. More information, included a link to the stream, will be posted here later.


You are invited to attend a welcome reception at “LIR” on Friday evening. Located at 903 Boylston Ave., our reception will feature light hors d’oeuvres, etc.

If you stay on campus, you will receive a meal plan that covers three meals a day.

A variety of dining options can be found in the immediate vicinity of the conference. You can find a list here.


By Plane: All major airlines serve the Boston metropolitan area at the Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

By Bus or Train: Boston’s South Station is the largest transportation hub in the city. It serves the rapid transit and commuter rail lines, local and regional bus lines, and national Amtrak and Acela train lines.

The “MBTA”: Known colloquially as “the T”, Boston’s rapid transit serves the greater Boston area via a series of branch lines: the Blue, Orange, Red, Silver and Green, the last of which stops closest to Berklee (at the “Hynes” stop, 100 Massachusetts Ave. and 360 Newbury Street. Each ride on the “T” costs $2.75, no matter the direction or length of your journey (**hint: if you buy a CharlieCard, the price is discounted .50 cents**).

Parking: It is extremely expensive to park for any length near campus. If you must park, the Christian Science Plaza Garage (at 235 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115) is the most “reasonable”: its weekend rate is $20 as is its early-bird rate, if you enter before 9am and exit between 2-7pm.

Nearby Attractions

Coming soon!