Dear MMEA Members,

After much discussion about the impending snow overnight and tomorrow, as well as consultation with Symphony Hall, the MMEA Executive Board has made the decision to postpone the All-State Concert scheduled for tomorrow, March 4th.

This was a very difficult decision that we understand will have several impacts on our students, families and programs. However, our decision is based entirely on the safety of all students, families and directors who planned to travel to Boston tomorrow.

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All State Festival Tickets

Festival tickets may be purchased at the following link: Festival Tickets.

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The slate of candidates for MMEA's 2023 Elections is posted at

Elections will be open through the month of March. Current members will receive an email from Election America with login credentials and voting instructions. If your membership has lapsed or will lapse shortly, please renew your membership!

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The schedule for the MMEA 2023 Conference has been published at the following links:

Session Llst:

Session Descriptions:

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Registration for the MMEA 2023 Conference is now open at

Registration Fees for 2023
Early registration rates apply through midnight Friday, February 10. Thereafter, the regular rate applies.
Collegiate nonmembers may register on-site at the conference by showing their college ID's.
All others are encouraged to take advantage of our registration page.

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I am pleased to share Vol. 71, No. 2 of the MMEJ - and especially excited to present our brand-new format!

Here is the link to our Winter Issue. It can be downloaded as a PDF if readers wish, but it is really meant to be viewed on a device (laptop, computer, ipad, phone, etc.).

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MMEA All-State Conference and All-State Concert Rehearsal Site Announcement

After exploring several different options over several months, we are excited to announce that the 2023 MMEA All-State Conference and All-State Rehearsals will be held at the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center in Westford, MA on Thursday, March 2nd and Friday, March 3rd followed by the All-State Concert at Symphony Hall on Saturday, March 4th. This facility will allow us to house all of our conference sessions as well as provide space for all of our ensembles to rehearse in the same building on the same site.

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NAfME's Eastern Division Conference will be held April 13th – 16th, 2023 in Rochester, NY.

Please see for details.

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The Call for Sessions for MMEA's 2023 Conference is open now through

September 30, 2022


To submit a session, please visit <Call for Sessions>.

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Application Instructions & Information for the 2023 NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles

April 13-16, 2023 – Rochester, New York
Window of Opportunity to Submit:
Monday, August 29 – Friday September 30
Application Fee: $20

Link to Instructions

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The summer 2022 issue of the Mass Music Educators Journal has been posted, here.

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All those interested in attending any of the four choral reading sessions at this year's MMEA Conference are encouraged to register with J.W. Pepper in advance in order to access each digital reading packet. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the booklets, along with a tutorial video and link to the session product page on our website. Registering at the link below is the only way to access this year's reading packets.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - 9:00am

MMEA 2022 Conference
March 1-2, 2022

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MMEA’s 2022 All State Conference will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 1-2, 2022 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road West Marlborough, MA 01752.

Register to attend the Conference: On-site Registration will be open each day at the conference, beginning at 8:00 AM.

Reserve your room at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center
Use this link to book your room
The Conference room rate is $119 + 11.7% tax = $133.

The Conference Schedule is posted here: Conference Schedule

A PDF of the session grid is at: MMEA 2022 Conference Schedule - 2-19-22

Session Descriptions are located at
Note: If you are planning on attending a choral reading session, please be sure to bring a device with which to view the music - which will be accessed electronically. (No paper music!)

Conference attendees may register to earn Graduate Credit through Gordon College’s Graduate Music Program. Credit Registration and Tuition information can be found here:

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Through social media posts, MMEA became aware of the concerning situation regarding the Connecticut Music Educators Association 2021 All-State Choir Project. We are happy to see that the CMEA Executive Board has released the video in its original format and applaud their efforts towards greater transparency and their dedication to learning from this experience.

We affirm that Black Lives Matter and those lives are deserving of dignity. Our affirmation is a message to our members, colleagues, and students from historically marginalized communities that our organization is a space

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DEIA Flyer

November 1st, 7pm ONLINE

Hear MMEA's strategic plan to embed promising practices in our organization and share your ideas to help MMEA improve. All are welcome to attend. Sign-up here

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MMEA Virtual Professional Development Day
Saturday, November 6, 2021

Link to Registration Form

Session descriptions follow. Sessions are listed by strand and by time.

Don’t forget that at 11:00am we will have our Keynote Address by MMEA State President Dr. Heather Cote and President Elect, Anthony Beatrice.

Session List

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The deadline for students to apply for the 2021 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles is Wednesday, September 15 at 11:59 PM ET.

See for application details.

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August 11, 2021

The future of Arts Education in our public schools is at a critical point in time. We know that when arts education thrives and is alive throughout the Commonwealth, students, families and communities benefit. Arts classes provide students a safe space to express themselves creatively, allow them to make personal connections that last a lifetime, and help them grow in all five of the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies. Parents come together to celebrate student artists’ performances and gallery exhibitions.

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Maryland MEA's 2021 July Virtual Conference "Making Equity Actionable" will be held July 13-15, 2021. The conference features 72 hours of sessions spread across three days. All sessions will be hosted live between 11:00 AM and 4:45 PM ET daily. Please click here for more information, and to register.

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The Summer 2021 Issue of the Mass Music Educators Journal is online, here.

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May 25 Workshops for Students and Music Educators!

FREE MONTHLY VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS The MMEA Conference Committee is offering free monthly virtual workshops in each specialty area. Save the date for the next set of workshops on May 25.
Sign up to attend! link

May 24, 2021. 7:00-8:00 p.m. (please note this workshop is on Monday, May 24)
Finishing the School Year Strong: An Elementary General Music Sharing Session
Sharing session host: Christine Morgan
Need some great ideas to carry you through the rest of the school year? In this session,

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From the NAfME Policy Team:
"Under Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, the U.S. Department of Education is seeking best practices from educators teaching during the pandemic. These practices will be shared in a "Best Practices Clearinghouse" that focuses on ways to engage all students whether virtual, hybrid, or in-person. NAMM, NAfME, and NFHS recorded this webinar to walk music educators through the process of sharing their ideas and created a template to make it easy to submit best practices to the Department. NAfME encourages as many great ideas from music educators as

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The NAfME Band Council has recently created a Facebook page to help engage band directors and better support band education.

Links to all the NAfME Societies and Councils are contained on this page.

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March 30, 2021

CDC's recently released updated guidelines for their "Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools."

NAfME's statement regarding the updated CDC guidelines.

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Keynotes, 30 Minute Sessions, Performances, Exhibitors and more!

April 22-24, 2021

Member Rate: $45.00
Collegiate Rate: $25.00
Non-Member Rate: $99.00

Registration: Open -- Register Today, at
Registration Closes April 11, 2021 @ 12:00 am

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Massachusetts Advocacy Action Items

Link to recording of Advocacy Zoom Meeting on Monday, 3/15/2021

John Mlynczak has compiled a thorough list of action items here that all can take with each level of stakeholder. Lynn Tuttle from NAfME has reviewed these, as well as other advocacy leaders that John is working with to organize these action steps nationally.

The majority of the action needed is at the local level. John has put this together as a guide for teachers to take these actions, and

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2021 MD MEA Virtual Conference

11 Music Education Associations across the U.S. have partnered with MMEA to host the "2021 July Virtual Conference" on July 13-15, 2021.

The associations are seeking proposals for 45-minute presentation sessions and 30-minute spoken research presentations to be presented at the July 2021 virtual event.

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The Spring 2021 issue of the Mass Music Educators Journal has been posted here: March 2021 MMEJ. Enjoy!

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A third set of preliminary results from the aerosol study has been released. Please read and share with your local PK12 administrators.

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As we prepare for our All-State activities, we want to congratulate all who are selected to participate for 2021. Their dedication to music performance practices, and evaluation by the panel of judges, has provided each student an opportunity to participate in the activities scheduled for this year.

Some of our students were also selected to participate in the All-Eastern events scheduled for the same weekend. Please note that what appears on the All-Eastern documents during the 1:00-3:00pm time slot are the mock auditions which are NOT

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Call for Papers

The 2021 NAfME (Virtual) Eastern Division Conference, April 22-24
Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT Friday, February 5
Proposals already submitted and indicated as “Research” in the original Eastern Division call will be carried forward for consideration as Posters. Researchers who wish their projects to be considered for Spoken Presentation should submit their proposals as indicated below.

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"Arts ARE Education"

is a new national campaign in support of arts education for all students in the wake of COVID-19. Please visit to learn about:

---What We're Facing

---What You Can Do Now

---Talking Points.

The Arts ARE Education website discusses what you can do in support of this initiative, including:

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MMEA Members: Earn 10 PDPs in content for re-certification through the following FREE 2021 Online Course:

Developing Standards-Based Instructional Units for the K-8 General Music Classroom:

The purpose of this course is to develop grade level/course units that will provide students with multiple opportunities to achieve success in meeting both State and National Standards. We will address the need for a comprehensive process and structure for designing and implementing standards-based curriculum,

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The MMEA Conference Committee is offering free monthly virtual workshops in each specialty area. Save the date for the next set of workshops on:
March 23, April 27, and May 25.
Sign up to attend when you receive the eblast with the link.

MMEA Conference Monthly Virtual Workshops – FREE PD
By Noreen Diamond Burdett, 2021 Conference Coordinator

Virtual workshops instead of in-person?

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NAfME is accepting student applications for All Eastern Honors Ensembles December 1-18, 2020.
Link for the application.
2021 All Eastern Honors Ensemble Information here and the 2021 All Eastern Honors Selection Procedure here

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NAfME Eastern Division announces plans for 2021 Conference.

Please see here for additional details.

2021 Eastern Division Virtual Conference

SAVE THE DATES! April 22, 23, 24
Fri. 4/23 - 6-9:30pm
Sat. 4/24 - 9 am-5pm

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The October issue of the MA Music Educators Journal has been posted online on our site's main MMEJ page, along with all past electronic issues. The issues are accessible from the main menu above using the MMEJ link -- or directly, at

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by Noreen Diamond Burdett
Conference Coordinator

MMEA 2021 Conference

Due to the pandemic restrictions for large gatherings, the 2021 All State Conference will not be held at the Copley Marriott as was originally planned. The Conference Committee is working on organizing a virtual conference and/or hosting several workshops throughout the year. You will receive information by eblast when plans have been confirmed. However, please ...

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"Best Practices" for Full Remote, In-School/Remote Hybrid, and In-School Music Education is accessible at

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Following is the text of a letter sent to Governor Baker and others, with attached "Arts Education in the Time of a Pandemic" re-opening guidelines for Massachusetts PreK-12 Arts Programs:

Dear Governor Baker, Commissioner Riley, and Arts Education Advisory Council Members,

As leaders of the Massachusetts Arts Coalition, and the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, we would like to thank you for your

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Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 8:00am

MMEA 2021 Conference
March 4-6, 2021

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The 2020 Summer Issue of the Massachusetts Music Educators Journal ("REMOTE 2020: How We're Doing, What We're Doing, and Why") is available for download here.

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MMEA has a new address! Please update your records!!


PO Box 920004

Needham, MA 02492

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2020 All National

LESS THAN ONE MONTH LEFT TO APPLY! The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top performing high school musicians in each state across the country. This year’s program will take place November 5-8 at The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Students may audition for the following ensembles:

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NAfME has developed an Online Resource List and Professional Learning Community Webinars for online teaching to help teachers through their new teaching situations. They focused first on student well-being, moved to how to teach online (including copyright), teacher well-being and are now focusing on simple lesson plans and resources. By 4/10/20, there will be 10 webinars available.

All of the resources NAfME has opened up can be found under the Teacher tab at Under Free Professional Development Clock Hours, teachers can

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Embracing the New Music Educator - Spring Meeting
Monday, May 4, 2020
Somerville, MA (RSVP for address)

Music educators who are new to the profession, changing districts, or changing to a new position are invited to the spring meeting of Embracing the New Music Educator. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet other music educators, and there will be a panel discussion with experienced music educators. Our discussion will focus on preparing for the job search.

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1. Download EventMobi from the AppStore or Google Play
2. Open the app and enter eventcode massmea2020.
-– or –-
View the app content at

Here's a brief guide to app features:
Guide to the 2020 Conference App.

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MMEA has published its Strategic Plan for 2019-2023. Please see the Strategic Plan menu link under Initiatives in the main menu, or use this link:

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The summer digital issue is here! In this issue, we are pleased to offer innovative thinking across a wide range of teaching areas. Ten years ago, the essential question behind every article in this journal seemed to be, “How can we teach music better?” Today music educators in Massachusetts are asking new essential questions. In this issue, we are asking, “How can we do music not just better, but differently?” Click this link to download the summer issue, Volume 64, No. 4.

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The Application Deadline is May 3, 2019, 11:59 PM EDT for the 2019 All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE).
Learn more:

All-National Honor Ensembles -- Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center -- Orlando, Florida
November 7-10, 2019

The All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top performing high school musicians in each state across the country.

Students may audition for the following ensembles:

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Friday, March 6, 2020 - 7:45am

MMEA 2020 Conference
March 5-7, 2020

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MMEA's 2020 Conference will be held March 5-7, 2020.

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Titles of 2019 Conference Sessions have been posted here.

Session Descriptions are at

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As part of our ongoing work in developing our next strategic plan, the MMEA Board developed a survey to gather input from all of our members and those music educators who are not members. Would you take a few minutes and complete the survey found here

The survey will be open through the end of the day December 3rd (this is a one week extension to the original date).

If you know of any music educators who are not members of MMEA, would you take a moment to forward this link to them?

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Application Instructions & Information for the 2019 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, April 4-7, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are located here. The Window of Opportunity to Submit is Monday, August 20 – Friday, September 21.

Once the submission process opens on August 20, this link will take you to the portal where applications may be submitted.

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The Digital-Only Summer Issue of MA Music Educators Journal Is Here! MMJ 2017 Summer Issue.

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Massachusetts is rich with arts integration, supporting organizations, and opportunities for our students. As MMEA members, our direct and personal impact on the lives of music students creates a powerful collective advocacy voice in our state.

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The 2017 Conference Event App from EventMobi is available to access.

For more information, please see 2017-conference-event-app.

Event App

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On January 7, 2015, Gov. Duval Patrick signed into law "An Act Relative to the Sterilization of Musical Instruments in Schools." The text of the law is available here:

In an interview on NEPR, Catherine Conner-Moen, President of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA), responds to passage of the law.

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Massachusetts Music Educators Association

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Michael LaCava
Interim Executive Director
PO Box 920004
Needham, MA 02492