Mentoring Programs

The CSW now offers three mentoring programs. Two of these, the Proposal Mentoring and Article Mentoring Programs, are designed to help bring women’s conference presentation and article publication rates in line with their rate of membership in the profession and in the Society. Each of these programs matches female graduate students or junior scholars with volunteer mid-career or senior theorists, as described below.

  • Proposal Mentoring Program: This program pairs a female music theory graduate student or junior scholar (the mentee) with a senior music theorist (the mentor) who will provide feedback on a conference proposal for the Society for Music Theory’s annual conference, or a regional music theory conference. The mentor will then provide her or his opinion on how the mentee can strengthen the proposal’s writing style, organization, etc., to maximize the proposal’s chances of being accepted.
  • Virtual Research Group Program: This program establishes groups of 3-4 peers (female graduate student, junior scholar, or senior scholar in music theory) who meet online. Groups will discuss writing goals, solutions to common writing problems, and get feedback from one another on their writing. Between meetings, peers will share their work and edit the work of one fellow peer. Groups will normally meet three times. Optionally, once a group has completed its meeting schedule they may ask to be paired up with an outside mentor. This person will bring fresh eyes to the projects and offer tips on appropriate journals or publishers. Past participants have found the VRG particularly helpful in:
    • completing drafts (chapter/article/conference paper/etc.)
    • simply writing more
    • peer support
    • networking

For details on becoming a mentee or mentor in our Proposal  Mentoring Programs, please contact the mentoring program at: csw.mentoring [@]


New! The Committee also now offers a Situational Mentoring Program called Ask Me! that allows all SMT members the opportunity to discuss gender-related professional issues confidentially with volunteer mentors who have navigated similar situations in their own careers. More information and links to mentors can be found on our Ask Me! page.

Disclaimer: Please note all communications will be private between you and the mentor. The mentor commits to maintaining private communications; you must keep any information your mentor confides in you private as well. Also, in accordance with Item 2 of the SMT Mentoring Policy, the opinions expressed and advice given within any of the CSW’s mentoring programs are solely those of the individual mentor and do not represent the views or actions of the CSW or the Society for Music Theory. SMT and the CSW will not accept any damages or other liability arising from the mentorship.