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Every year in April I look forward to attending the PMEA State conference. This is my 5th year attending the conference either as a performer or future educator, and as always it did not disappoint. As usual the PMEA State conference which was held in Hersey PA from April 13th-16th was a success and provided attendees with countless amounts of invaluable information. I had an amazing time, learned a lot of information, and made a few connections with other music educators. Below is a review of some of the highlights from the event. Sorry that this review is coming so late, but with the end of student teaching everything got very hectic.

PMEA Live Blogs-

I was very honored to be a part of a five member team made up of Grove City College junior and senior education majors who live-blogged the conference. We live blogged a majority of the sessions that were offered at the conference and shared our experiences on Twitter. The live-blogs are currently in replay mode, so you can go back and read through our session notes for the sessions that interest you. You can find the live blogs on FutureMusicEucator.net. Overall, we felt the live-blogging was a great success and was a good way to help make the conference more web 2.0. It was a successful way to show how web 2.0 can be integrated into professional development. Again I want to thank Dr. Joseph Pisano and Grove City College for making this event possible!!

Informative Sessions-

As always there was a range of sessions offered at the conference. Everything from jazz, special education, band, orchestra, choir, general music, conducting, etc. was represented. As a future music teacher each year I try to attend as many sessions as  possible that cover a lot of areas so that I so that I receive a wealth of knowledge. My goal for PMEA every year is to be a sponge and soak up as much information as possible. Below are the sessions that I attend this year. Check out my live blog here to read about the sessions.

  • Selecting A Music Theory Textbook: A Guide for High School Teachers
  • Performance Practice in the Music Classroom
  • Beyond the Book: Making Music Visible
  • Jazz Workshop for Music Educators
  • Listening Journals in Middle School General Music
  • Orff Schulwerk: A Winning Way
  • Transfer of Learning: Students Can Perform the Sforzando Every Time
  • Quality Tried and Trued: Choral Repertoire for Singers of All Ages
  • Inclusion! Rethinking Success in the Music Classroom
  • Going Global: Google Earth as a Tool for Teaching World Music


There were also many impressive concerts for the attendees to listen to an learn from. Among them were jazz ensembles, saxophone quartets, wind ensembles etc. Unfortunately due to our rigorous live blogging schedule I was not able to attend many of the concerts, but I did attend the West Chester University Wind Ensemble directed by Andrew Yozviak, which was very impressive. Also Thursday evening of the conference I had the privilege to attend  a performance by “Pershing’s Own” US Army Band and the US Army Chorus. Excellent performers as well as entertainers these two service groups left the audience smiling the entire concert.


One of the overarching themes this year at PMEA was advocacy due to all the budget cuts that are taking place. As music educators advocacy is a term we hear often, but we often don’t do anything about it. Now more than ever we need to be proactive and begin advocating for our programs and to save music education in schools. It is not enough to just talk about advocacy with other music educators. We know the importance of music education. It is our job to advocate to the people in charge such as administration, school boards, and the government and let them know how important music is to our students. We have to fight for what we love and know is invaluable, and we have to do it now.
While at PMEA I got the opportunity to participate in an amazing music advocacy event. As past, present and future musicians, PMEA 2011 attendees gathered to sing “The Awakening” to advocate for music education in our schools, This was one of the most emotional musical experiences that I have been apart of. Now it is our job to spread this video and help to raise awareness of the job cuts that are happening and to help save the music!! Please share this video wherever you can and HELP MUSIC LIVE!!! 

Final Thoughts

Every year I leave PMEA refreshed and even more excited about music and teaching. Being surrounded by hundreds of music educators, who truly have a passion for music for two days is an absolutely amazing experience. If you have never had the opportunity to attend PMEA State Conference I urge you to attend next year. It will  be a life-changing experience!! Stay tuned for more updates and recaps based off of the sessions that I attended at PMEA 2011!!

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.


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!!!