Conferences and Events

NAfME Music Education Sessions during NAMM Believe in Music Week January 18–22

National Conferences

Bringing the Future into Focus: NAfME National Music Research and Teacher Education (MRTE) Virtual Conference

February 25, 2021, 10:00 AM ET–February 27, 2021, mid-day

Registration is now open

Announcing: PreK-12 Learning Collaborative

PreK–12 music educators, join in a new vision for music education at Bringing the Future into Focus, the 2021 NAfME National Conference! Join your fellow music educators and researchers online in February, when we’ll come together to lead our profession’s direction, engage with each other as colleagues, and inspire one another. Don’t miss powerful sessions selected from submissions from your fellow members. Sessions will be presented both asynchronously and live with PreK–12 live sessions available on Saturday, February 27, ending with a virtual happy hour.

The NAfME member rate of $50 includes all programming (the 2021 Music Research and Teacher Education Conference and the PreK–12 Learning Collaborative).


State and Division Conferences

NAfME Federated State Association Conferences

Music Education Association Cancellations and Reschedulings

Conferences are produced by each of the NAfME federated state associations throughout the year. Please visit this page to find your state’s website and more information.

47th NAfME Northwest Division Virtual Conference

February 11–14, 2021
Virtual Conference

Online and mail-in pre-registration is open at discounted rates from November 16, 2020, through January 31, 2021. (Mail-in includes US mail, FAX, scan/email.) Online and mail-in registration at higher prices will be available February 1-10, 2021.

Speakers include: Mackie V. Spradley, NAfME President; Christopher B. Woodside, NAfME Interim Executive Director; Scott Edgar; Connie McKoy; John Feierabend; Patricia Shehan Campbell; Anne Fennell; and many others.

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57th NAfME Eastern Division Biennial In-Service Conference and All-Eastern Honors Ensembles

We All Belong!: Proven Practices and Perspectives for Today’s Music Educator
April 2224, 2021
Virtual Conference

Announcing the All-Eastern Virtual Ensemble Conductors:

  • Band: Cynthia Johnston Turner, Director of Bands, University of Georgia
  • Mixed Chorus: Cory Ganshow, Director Choral Activities, Bradley University
  • Orchestra: James Tapia, Director of Orchestra Studies, Syracuse University
  • Treble Choir: Amanda Quist, Director Choral Activities, University of Miami
  • Jazz Ensemble: Terell Stafford, Director of Jazz Studies, Temple University

Conference information:

  • Open to all NAfME members
  • Sessions will focus on proven practices by Eastern Division Music Educators 
  • Tracks for Band, Choir, Orchestra, General Music, Modern Band, Collegiate, Administration, City School Music and more!
  • Conference Focus: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access
  • Designated Concert Hours
  • Premiere Concert Debut of the 2021 All-Eastern Virtual Ensembles

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Professional Learning Community Live and On-Demand Free Webinars during COVID-19

Recording for May 12 “Keeping Music Education Strong,” a NAfME and NAMM Foundation webinar

Vision 2020—February 25 NAfME President and Board Chair Kathleen D. Sanz; Deb Confredo, chair of the Society for Research in Music education; and Linda Thornton, chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education presented the first of the “Vision 2020” webinars on February 25. Music educators played a role in helping envision the future of music education, responding to the ideas in this first of a series of Vision 2020 live webinars. Find the archived webinar and PDF of the slide deck here. Stay tuned for the next webinar.

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