Last week, I travelled to Tempe to present at the Desert Skies Symposium at Arizona State University, which has become one of my favorite conferences in music education. This conference approaches research in a truly unique way: rather than offering one large presentation while standing in front of an audience, we present brief lightning talks about our papers, followed by three twenty-five minute presentations of the paper in a roundtable format. This format is much more intimate, allowing for dialogue and camaraderie amongst researchers. I find that this format encourages vulnerability, as it allows for the presentation of research in progress, to discuss the challenges we engage with in our work, and to work together to brainstorm potential solutions. I was able to hear a number of engaging presentations, had the privilege to meet many notable music education researchers, and to connect with some dear friends. It was a great trip!

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