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Technology Pre-Conference

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch


A selection of practical and hands-on sessions relevant to all levels of instruction and
tech proficiency. Attendees are encouraged to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and your
real-world questions for some instant answers and creative networking solutions. This
year’s Pre-Conference will feature sessions in the morning, a round table discussion for
your questions and hands-on “Make and Take” opportunities in the afternoon. Clock hours
are available.



MMEA Pre-Conference:

Presented by:

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 9:00am – 4:00pm Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch

Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch



Every Child Can! An Introduction to Suzuki Method and Philosophy

Presented by: Wendy Azrak

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch


This is a six-hour course designed by the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), which serves as an introduction to Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy and its application in Suzuki education. It is intended for parents and educators and is a prerequisite for Suzuki Teacher Training in all instruments. This course is not instrument specific. The Suzuki Method is used in the study of: violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, piano, flute, guitar, recorder, and pre-school education. There are no auditions or requirements to take this course. A fast-paced, engaging and inspiring program, “Every Child Can” includes new view materials and SAA-developed courseware. Each participant will be provided useful reference materials for later study. The SAA-accredited course will run with a minimum of 10 attendees. Participants must be 18 years of age and must stay for the entire workshop.



41st Annual Conducting Symposium

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Additional fee for session; fee does not include lunch


Conducting Symposiums have been offered to Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) members since 1975. For the 10th year, the Symposium will be held as a pre-conference event. Participants are recorded as they conduct traditional band and orchestral repertoire followed by live comments from respected and experienced conductors.

Chosen participants gain valuable insight into the art of conducting. New teachers and seasoned professionals alike can benefit from this unique, hands-on program. Up to 20 wind and 15 string conductors will have time in front of an ensemble. Conductors will be selected based upon the time available, total number of requests submitted, and the order of receipt of applications. Those selected to conduct will be notified in advance and will be asked to select one movement from a conducting medium (winds or strings) to be announced at a later time.  Spots to conduct do fill up quickly.

Questions can be directed to Mark Stice, MSBOA Conducting Symposium Chair, at SCE-Clock Hours are available for both participants and observers.



MSBOA/MASTA Teacher Orchestra Rehearsal & Conducting Symposium Strings

Presented by: Joel Schut

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Registration Required. Free to MMC attendees; fee does not include lunch


Looking to recharge your musicianship, rehearsal strategies, and conducting techniques through an active participatory session?  Join us for the annual MMC Teachers Orchestra where we will be joined by clinician Alan MacNair for a great afternoon of music making with. After an opening session remembering what it is like to be a “student” again, the Teachers Orchestra will serve as the demonstration/lab group for the Conducting Symposium, giving participants the opportunity to learn and observe techniques from several conductors.  The Teacher Orchestra experience will culminate in a Friday night performance for students, family, and friends! (Bowed parts will be emailed after registration is received. Please prepare in advance so that the day can maximize its focus on the musical and pedagogical aspects of the works. This year we are featuring the ASTA Competition winner on the concert program (unaccompanied). Additionally, after taking into account participant feedback, we will be moving to an afternoon schedule making the morning available for full participation in the conducting symposium or other conference sessions. SB-CEU’s are available through the MMC for participation in this ensemble.)

Thursday, January 24, 2019
12:00-12:30pm – Check in, warm-up, socialize
12:30-2:30 – Rehearsal Laboratory with clinician
2:30-4:00 – Lab Orchestra for String Conducting Symposium + program run through

Friday, January 25, 2019
7:00 p.m. Feature Performance (Concert dress: Men – black shirt and pants, no coat and tie, Women - all black)

Registration must be made through the MMC website.  There is no fee to participate in the Teachers Orchestra other than regular conference registration. There is a fee for participation in the conducting symposium. The current schedule makes for easy participation between the conducting symposium and teachers orchestra. Questions contact Joel Schut.

Registration must be made through the MMC website.

Looking forward to a great day of music, learning and fun! Feel free to contact with questions!

Joel Schut


9th Annual Research Symposium

Presented by: MMEA

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The research symposium is a preconference session that serves as a forum for researchers to present new studies in music education. The symposium will include full research presentations, a panel discussion, and/or discussions of current works in progress. Individuals are invited to submit proposals for (a) presentation of unpublished research papers or (b) round table discussions of works in progress. Please direct inquiries to Cory Micheel-Mays at


MSVMA Choral Conducting Symposium

Presented by: MSVMA

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch

This pre-conference event will allow participants to conduct traditional choral repertoire with a featured rehearsal ensemble, and receive live feedback and instruction from a guest clinician. Teachers have the opportunity to apply as either a Conductor or as an Observer (reduced fee). College students may apply as an Observer. Both new and experienced choral conductors can benefit from observing or conducting.


2019 Registration

Coming in September!

Educator Letter to Administrators

A request to attend the Michigan Music Conference letter template for educators.


2019 Michigan Music Conference

January 24-26, 2019

Session Proposal Application Opens

January, 2018

Session Proposal Application Closes

June, 2018

Session Acceptance Emailed to Presenters

July, 2018

Online Registration is Open

September, 2018

Early Bird Registration Deadline

December, 2018

2020 Michigan Music Conference

January 23-25, 2020