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date: 19 February 2020

MayDay Group [MDG]locked

  • J. Terry Gates
  •  and Thomas A. Regelski



International music education organization. It was founded in Buffalo, New York on 1–2 May 1993, after Thomas A. Regelski and J. Terry Gates invited 20 music education theorists to critique ineffective practices, polemical approaches to methods, and political and ideological barriers to professional communication among music educators. The MDG’s “Action for Change” agenda focuses on the importance of mindfulness in music-making and teaching by emphasizing the relevance of social, institutional, and cultural contexts for musical meaning; influencing those contexts and systematically critiquing musical institutions; broadening interdisciplinarity; improving the relevance of research; and promoting sound philosophical bases for curriculum. It continues as an international think tank, sponsoring yearly colloquia, a members’ listserv, a content-rich interactive web site (, and an open-access peer-reviewed journal Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education (

T.A. Regelski and J.T. Gates: Music Education for Changing Times: Guiding Visions for Practice (New York, 2009)...

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