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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


Dr. Cynthia Taggart

This six-hour session will engage teachers in activities that, over time, will enable their students to express their own ideas through music. Too often music teachers focus only on the “perform” domain, helping students to recreate and perform the music of others rather than creating and sharing their own musical ideas. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if students felt like they had something to say musically and were given the chance to say it? This workshop will help teachers empower their students through exploration, creation, improvisation, arranging, and composition. We will explore how activities can be built from the very early stages of music learning and scaffolded over time until children are fluent, confident, empowered speakers of the “language” of music.


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.


8th Annual MSBOA/MASTA Teachers Orchestra

Presented by: Michael Edwards

Thursday, January 24, 2019

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 John Varineau (Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Calvin College) for a great afternoon of music making with Dag Wiren's Serenade for Strings, an arrangement of Debussy's Girl with the Flaxen Hair, and Richard Meyer's Ghosts of Brandenburg.


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). SCECHs are available through the MMC for participation in this ensemble.)

Once you have registered with MMC, please complete the Google Form to receive music for Teachers Orchestra:



Thursday, January 24, 2019

12:00 pm -12:30 pm – Check in, warm-up, socialize

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm – Rehearsal Laboratory with clinician Soo Han

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm – Lab Orchestra for String Conducting Symposium + program run through


Friday, January 25, 2019

7:00 pm Feature Performance

(Concert dress: Men – black shirt and pants, no coat and tie, Women - all black)


Registration must be made through the MMC Conference Registration. 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 Michael Edwards 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.


Thank You for Attending!

Another successful conference is in the books! A great thank you to our attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, and performers for your contribution to our great event and music education.

Session handouts are available online in our session listings.

See you in 2020 as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary!

2020 Exhibitor Reservations

Interested in hosting a booth in our exhibit hall for 2020? Online reservations for exhibits, sponsorships, and advertising are now available!

2020 Michigan Music Conference

January 16 - 18, 2020
15th Anniversary Celebration

Session Proposal Application Opens
January, 2019

Session Proposal Application Closed
April 12, 2019

Session Acceptance Emailed to Presenters
June 10, 2019

Online Registration Opens
September, 2019

Early Bird Registration Deadline
December, 2019

2021 Michigan Music Conference
January 28 - 30, 2021