The Top Music Education Conventions
United States: TMEA Convention
The Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) organizes an annual convention in Texas during the month of February. This convention sees an average of 29,000 visitors attend yearly with one of the organizers of the event stating that “The TMEA Clinic/Convention is an incredibly affordable opportunity for professional development, inspiration, and motivation”. And because Texas as a state is fully committed to this sector we can see why it would be on the top of your to attend list.
Also within this category seeing 10,000 visitors per year, is the Florida Music Educators Association Convention (FMEAC).
Europe: The London Music & Drama Education Exposition
As for the London Music and Drama Education Exposition, (LMDEE) well this is truly a rising star within the field of education. The convention is also held annually over the month of February. In 2016, it attracted an average of 34,700 visitors from more than 40 different countries, mostly from the music and drama education sector. Educational institutions, exam boards, music tech companies, suppliers and music publishers are all welcome to exhibit, speak or simply attend. Why London you ask? The city is the center for music education as it hosts many music venues, has many educational institutions and is home to many international music teachers. Furthermore, according to Alfred Jahn, Head of Marketing at Rhinegold Media & Events, “Music education has always played a focal role across Europe and especially the United Kingdom the Music & Drama Education Expo represents this”.
International: ISME- International Music Education
Check out the International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference. It is held every two years during July and gathers speakers, researchers, educators, and artists from around the world. An average of 13 countries participate annually. It has been held in Brasil, Greece, and incorporates an African and Asian version. According to Sheila Woodward, the 2016 ISME President, the ISME wants “to promote access to quality music education for all”. This conference gives the opportunity to share music and ideas, to expand your network and think about the future of music education.
There are many other music education conventions but we only chose a few for you, the ones you shouldn’t miss. Whatever the conference, they all discuss the future of music education as we enter into a new digital era. Education in every other subject has been turned upside down because of this digital revolution, so why not music education?