Top International Music Education Conventions
Two years ago, Newzik was awarded the “Best 2016 tool for schools” prize at the NAMM show for our work in providing support to music educators and their students. To celebrate this important field, we have put together a list of the major music education conventions around the world.
United States: TMEA Convention
The Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) organizes an annual convention in Texas during the month of February, which draws an average of 29,000 attendees every year. In the words of one of the convention’s organizers, “the TMEA Clinic/Convention is an incredibly affordable opportunity for professional development, inspiration, and motivation”. And since the state of Texas is fully committed to the music education sector, this convention should definitely be at the top of your to-do list.
Another interesting event happening in the United States is the Florida Music Educators Association Convention (FMEAC), which draws more than 10,000 attendees every year.
Europe: The London Music & Drama Education Exposition
The London Music and Drama Education Exposition (LMDEE) is a rising star in the field of music education. The convention is held annually over the month of February. In 2016, it attracted over 34,700 attendees from more than 40 different countries, mostly from the music and drama education sector. Educational institutions, examination boards, music technology companies, suppliers and music publishers are all welcome to exhibit, speak or simply attend.
The fact that organizers choose to host the convention in London makes perfect sense. London is the center for music education, with its many music venues, educational institutions and top international music teachers. Alfred Jahn, Head of Marketing at Rhinegold Media & Events (the company behind the convention), tells us that “music education has always played a focal role across Europe and especially the United Kingdom; the Music & Drama Education Expo represents this”.
International: The International Society for Music Education
The International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference is certainly worth attending. It is held every two years in July and gathers speakers, researchers, educators and artists from around the world. On average, participants from 13 countries attend the event every year. So far, the conference has been held in Brazil, Greece and Scotland, and has also hosted African, European and Asian regional events.
According to Sheila Woodward, ISME President in 2016, the organization aims to “promote access to quality music education for all”, by offering participants the opportunity to share music and ideas, expand their network and think about the future of music education.