Thursday, January 17 -
Saturday, January 19, 2013
DeVos Place and Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
in Grand Rapids, Michigan
The MMEA Honors Composition Concert is an outstanding event that provides an opportunity for students to compose and perform original music, and is open to students in grades K-12. Winners are invited to perform their compositions at the Michigan Music Conference (MMC), held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Composers can perform their piece on their own or in a small ensemble, conduct a large ensemble performing their work or solicit musicians to perform the composition. All winners are responsible for obtaining their own performers.
This year's Honors Composition Concert will take place on Saturday, January 19th, 2013 at 1 PM during the Michigan Music Conference (MMC). The Ambassador Ballroom is the performance site, located in the beautiful Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (downtown Grand Rapids).
Applications to perform can be submitted beginning September 1st. November 2nd, 2012 is the application deadline, with the winners being announced on or before December 1st, 2012. The application and media consent/release form can be found at the bottom of this page. The application explains all the requirements for submission, and both forms must be submitted with all other required materials.
The MMEA is pleased to announce the Third Annual Research Symposium on Thursday, January 17, 2013 to be held as a pre-conference event in conjunction with the Michigan Music Conference. This symposium is designed as a forum for the dissemination and discussion of new scholarship relating to music teaching and learning. Individuals are invited to submit proposals for presentation in which they may share new, unpublished research in music education. Proposals are also being accepted for the research poster presentation on Friday, January 18 at 9:15am.
Every Child Can! An Introduction to Suzuki Education
Presented by: Wendy Azrak • Thursday, January 17, 2013 • 9 am - 4 pm
Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch
35th Annual Conducting Symposium
Thursday, January 17, 2013 • 9 am - 4 pm
Chosen participants gain valuable insight into the art of conducting. New teachers and seasoned professionals alike can benefit from this unique, hands-on program. The actual number of participants will be determined after the pre-registration deadline. 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).
String conductors can choose 2 short or 1 of the longer movements from the Leos Janacek Suite (1926 publication available online at the Petrucci Music Library at http://imslp.org/wiki).
Wind conductors will choose from Chester by Schumann, Lux Aurumque by Whitacre, or any movement from the Holst Suite in Eb. Teachers may elect to apply to conduct or merely observe; college students may only observe.
Questions can be directed to Mark Stice, MSBOA Conducting Symposium Chair, at
MSBOA/MASTA Teacher Orchestra
Presented by: David Reed • Thursday, January 17, 2013 • 9 am - 4 pm
3rd Annual Research Symposium
Presented by: MMEA • Thursday, January 17, 2013 • 11 am - 2 pm
Illuminating the Mystery-Music Learning Theory in Action (Elementary General Music Workshop)
Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch
Michigan School Vocal Music Association - Lon Beery
Dr. Lon Beery is the chorus director at Spry Middle School in Webster, NY, where he directs six choruses totaling 500 students. Dr. Beery has composed or arranged over 50 published choral pieces which appear in the catalogues of Alfred Music Publishing, BriLee, and others. His TTBB composition "I Believe" was performed by the U.S. Army Chorus at President Ronald Reagan's internment service in California. For his compositions, he has received several American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Standard Awards. He has also written several articles, which have appeared in the Choral Journal and the Music Educators Journal, and has presented sessions at state, regional, and national conferences of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and MENC. He currently serves as the Middle School Chair for New York ACDA. Prior to returning to public school teaching, Dr. Beery served as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Syracuse University (SU) ,where he served as Chair of Music Education. At Syracuse University, Dr. Beery taught choral and general music methods courses and directed the SU Men's Glee Club. Beery has also taught Choral Arranging at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He is a frequent guest choral conductor, working especially with adolescent choruses. He has directed middle school honors choirs in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Michigan Chapter, American String Teachers Association - Michael Hopkins
Michael Hopkins is an Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he teaches courses in string education. Prior to joining the faculty, Hopkins was an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Vermont (UVM) from 1999-2010, where he was conductor of the UVM Orchestra and taught courses in music education and music technology. Hopkins has appeared as a guest conductor at orchestra festivals throughout the United States and is the founding director of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. He is very active as a composer and arranger, with over 30 published works for orchestra. His music is published by Alfred Music Publishing, Grand Mesa Music, Tunbridge Music, and Kendor Music Publishing, Inc. His works have been commissioned by many schools and ensembles throughout the U.S. Dr. Hopkins has performed as a double bassist with professional orchestras in Vermont, New Hampshire, Michigan, Colorado, and Wyoming. Hopkins is the author of the award-winning website The String Pedagogy Notebook, a resource for string teachers and performers. The site has received hundreds of thousands of visitors. He has published articles in the Journal of Research in Music Education, American String Teacher, and The Instrumentalist. He has given many presentations at national and state conferences on various topics in string education and music technology. He has served on the faculty of the American String Workshop, as the executive director for the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and is past president of the Vermont chapter of American String Teachers Association (ASTA) with National School Orchestra Association (NSOA). Hopkins received his bachelor's degree in music education from Colorado State University and his master's and PhD in music education from the University of Michigan.
Michigan Music Educators Association - Dr. Wendy Valerio
Wendy Valerio is Associate Professor of Music Education. She is also Director of the Children's Music Development Center (CMDC) at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate music methods courses and conducts early childhood music development research. Her work has been sponsored by The Texaco Foundation, The Presser Foundation, University of South Carolina, and Temple University. It is featured in Journal for Research in Music Education (2012), Learning from Young Children: Research in Early Childhood Music (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011), Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education (2009, 2006), Musical Experience in Our Lives: Things We Learn and Meanings We Make (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), Listen to Their Voices (Canadian Music Educators Association, 2007), The Development and Practical Application of Music Learning Theory (2005), Music Play: Bah Bah, Bebop, Beethoven (GIA, 1999). She is co-author of Music Play (GIA, 1998), and Jump Right In: The Music Series (GIA, 2000-present). After teaching elementary general music in the public schools of Lawrence, KS, Valerio received MM and PhD degrees from Temple University. She holds Kodály Level 1 and Level III Orff-Schulwerk certification, and is a member of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning Mastership Certification Faculty, the Alliance for Active Music Making, and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, where she teaches movement and special topics for Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Training Levels I and II. Valerio is also chair of the NAfME Early Childhood Special Research Interest Group.
The Thursday and Friday Evening Concerts and all student performances are included in your registration fee.
Thursday, January 17, 2013 • 8:00 pm - 10 pm
Michigan Music Conference
7044 S. 13th Street, Oak Creek, WI 53154 - 1429
Phone: (414) 908-4958, Fax: (414) 768-8001, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MMC Cancellation and Refund Policy: Full refunds will be given for cancellations received in writing by December 14, 2012. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after December 14, 2012 no exceptions. Please contact Registration@MichiganMusicConference.org with any questions.