MMEA – Pre-Conference

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Presented by: Patrick Ware
Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch

Creative Movement Big and Small

Looking for ideas for creative movement? Help us tell a story without words. Join us as we explore the world of movement in the Orff-Schulwerk classroom. We will take our inspiration from visual art, literature music and more. Student success guaranteed!


44th Annual MSBOA Conducting Symposium

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch

Conducting Symposiums have been offered to Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) members since 1975. The Symposium is held as a pre-conference event. Participants are video recorded as they conduct traditional band and orchestral repertoire followed by live comments from respected and experienced conductors, including Dr. Christopher Chapman from Central Michigan University and Marilyn Kesler. Our featured rehearsal ensembles this year are the Central Michigan University Symphony Band and the MSBOA/MASTA Teacher Orchestra.

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. Those interested in conducting can sign up when registering for the MMC as a conductor for either band or strings in the pre-conference registration. All others should register as observer. It is a first come, first serve registration process. Spots to conduct do fill up quickly. If a school official is registering you for the MMC, please be sure to communicate with them if you want to conduct or observe. Those who sign up to conduct will be contacted in advance and will be asked to select one movement from a conducting medium (winds or strings).


MSVMA Choral Conducting Symposium

9:00 am – 11:00 am
Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch

20-minute sessions with six participant conductors, focusing on conducting and rehearsal technique. 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. Come join us as Mike Mitchell - Director of Choral Activities at Oakland University works with conductors from across the state in this Masterclass style format.

Making Connections Through MSVMA *new!*

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
no additional fee

Engaging sessions for future and early career choral music educators, including networking, interview strategies, and advice from the trenches.

  • MSVMA Student Networking Event - Interview Skills Discussion/Demo - more info
  • MSVMA Collegiate Event - First Year Teacher Panel - more info
  • MSVMA Collegiate Event - Teacher Speed "Dating" A Time to Connect to Experienced Choral Educators with Questions - more info


Technology Pre-Conference

9:00 am – 3:00 pm
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. Clock hours are available:

  • Copyright or Copywrong? Understanding Fair Use in the Studio and Classroom (9:00 AM - 9:45 AM)
  • Blended Learning with Your Ensembles - a New Way Forward (10:00 AM - 10:45 AM)
  • Recording Your Elementary School Musicians (10:00 AM - 10:45 AM)
  • Panel Discussion "Integrating Online with In-Person Learning" (11:00 AM - 11:45 AM)
  • Cloud-Based Assessment on Any Device  (1:00 PM - 1:45 PM)
  • Utilizing Your Google Classroom for In-Person Learning  (1:00 PM - 1:45 PM)
  • Preparing for the Digital Age: Virtual Classroom Set Up (2:00 PM - 2:45 PM)
  • Strong Foundations: Software Tools for Building Musicianship in Ensembles (2:00 PM - 2:45 PM)