SMA Theory and Analysis Graduate Symposium (TAGS)

TAGS Conference 2013 for Music Postgraduates. Music and Music Technology, Keele University. Thursday 18th to Friday 19th April, 2013.

Registration for this year’s Society for Music Analysis (SMA) Theory and Analysis Graduate Symposium (TAGS) is now open. The symposium will be hosted by Keele University from Thursday 18th to Friday 19th April, 2013. The convenors are Becky Thumpston and Dr. Nicholas Reyland. The keynote speaker is Phillip Tagg.


To register you need to fill in a form available on the SMA website and email it to the convenors. Booking form (including travel instructions), programme, as well as the original CFP, are all available on this webpage:


Attendance is free. However, all participants need to be registered members of the Society for Music Analysis. Joining the SMA is easy and inexpensive, and for students it is free until the end of 2013. See


Deadline for proposals: 8th February 2013. Student travel bursaries available


Keynote Speaker: Philip Tagg

The SMA’s annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference will be hosted by Music and Music Technology at Keele University on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th April, 2013. The event provides a supportive and friendly environment in which postgraduates can gain experience in presenting their work and meet fellow researchers. Participants who do not wish to give a paper are also welcome.

Proposals are invited from postgraduate students for 20-minute papers, themed sessions and lecture recitals addressing any analytical, critical or theoretical subject and in relation to any style of music.

For 20-minute paper proposals, abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent by email to Becky Thumpston at Please include name, affiliation, postal address, email address, and AV requirements on a separate cover sheet. Organisers of themed sessions should also submit a brief overview of the rationale for the session, together with the individual abstracts. Proposals for lecture recitals should include full details of the proposed performance and any relevant requirements in their cover sheet.

The closing date for receipt of proposals is 8th February 2013. All those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome by Monday 18th February. Booking will also open on that date. Delegates will be invited to register from 10am on Thursday 18 April. The conference will commence at lunchtime on 18 April and finish by 3pm on Friday 19 April.

If you are presenting a paper you will be eligible to apply for a Student Bursary to help cover the costs of travel and accommodation (B&B accommodation will be available on campus). Details to follow.

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