Get excited, the annual PMEA conference is less than two weeks away and is a great way for both current and future music educators to gain professional development!! This year the conference is being held in Hershey PA at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center  from April 14th-16th. It is always an amazing experience, full of learning and networking with other music educators. The sessions cover a variety of topics including, elementary general music, conducting, music technology, music advocacy, choral techniques, tips for undergraduates, special education etc. There is something of interest for everyone at the PMEA conference. I am extremely excited for the conference this year because myself and a team of four other music education undergraduates will be live-blogging the entire conference!!

What If I Can’t Attend PMEA?

Unable to attend the PMEA state conference? Then follow along with our live-blog at futuremusiceducators.net. Each live-blogger will be attending different sessions and blogging their notes that will be available online at our landing page!! On the landing page you will find the full schedule of sessions that we will be covering. All you have to do is click on the session(s) that interest you and that will take you to the appropriate live-bloggers page. Check out my page which includes the sessions that I will be attending and live blogging!

We will be live blogging the sessions on Thursday April 14th and Friday April 15th. If you are like me you always have a million things going on at once and often forget things. From the landing page you can click on each session that you are interested in and sign up for an e-mail reminder for one day before the event starts, so you can be sure to not miss this great event!! This is a great opportunity where you can learn a lot for free. The live-bloggers want to give a special thanks to Dr. Joseph Pisano and Grove City College for making internet access possible for this event.

Choices, Choices, Choices!!!

One of the problems with conferences such as PMEA is that there are always multiple sessions you want to attend at the same time and you must decide on which one to attend. If you are not attending the conference you can jump back and forth between the different live blogs that are happening at the same time and learn a little something from each session. If you are attending the conference and can’t decide on which sessions to attend the great thing about live-blogs is that all the blogs will be up on futuremusiceducators even after the conference is over. This way you can go back and read about the sessions that you weren’t able to attend. Again this gives more opportunities for professional development as you will be able to get access to the information from all the sessions at PMEA. Feel free to leave comments or ideas on any of our live blogs as we would love to interact with you during the conference.

Twitter

Along with the live blogs many of the conference attendees will be tweeting their experiences from the conference. If you are attending the conference this is a great place to share your thoughts and if not feel free to follow along. Whether you are tweeting from the conference or just following along be sure to use the hashtag #pmea11!!

The Live Blogging Team

All of the live bloggers are music education majors at Grove City College. You can find us all on Twitter and the MPLN. You can find more information about all the bloggers and our twitter names on the landing page. If you are going to the PMEA conference all the Grove City bloggers would love to meet up with you, so either send us a tweet or leave a comment here!

All of the live bloggers are extremely excited for PMEA11 and can’t wait to share this event with you. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment here or contact any of the live bloggers. It should be an amazing learning experience and I can’t wait to share what I learn with you. So check out the landing page, check out my page, sign up for an e-mail reminder, follow #pmea11 on twitter, and get excited for PMEA11!!!