NAfME Collegiate

Collegiate Opportunities at the MMC
It’s January in Michigan, and that means the Michigan Music Conference (MMC) is right around the corner. I hope you’re planning to attend, because we have lots of exciting events planned for collegiate students. From sessions to social activities, concerts to workshops, and even some volunteer opportunities, there is something for everyone at this year’s MMC.
Friday January 26, 2018 at 10 AM
MI Teacher Certification Requirements: What College Students Need to Know
Pearl Room (Dr. Lisa Furman, Olivet College)
**This session will teach you the in’s and out’s of staying on track of certificate requirements. This is updated information that will be useful to all future graduating Music Education students who plan on being certified in the state of Michigan.
Friday January 26, 2018 at 2 PM
Jumping into Advocacy: College Students as the Policy-Makers of the Future
Sen. Vandenberg (Dr. Mitchell Robinson, MSU)
**This interactive session will encourage you to step beyond your chapter to reach a network of information that might one day impact YOUR classroom.  Dr. Robinson will discuss  the public education system, arts policy, and what the future may hold. This session will empower the student leaders of Michigan to become informed and educated on our roles in a school and society. 
Friday January 26, 2018 at 4 PM
NEW $ & YOU: How to manage business, boosters & budgeting in your 1st year
Emerald Room (Panel of Early Career Teachers)
**This panel session including early career teachers will offer participants the opportunity to ask questions about parent boosters, purchase orders, music sales, budgets and other business of running a music program.
Please join us on Friday evening (1/26) for the collegiate NAfME reception, held this year in the Pantlind Ballroom from 7-8 pm. Come hang out with other college students from throughout Michigan and enjoy free desserts/soft drinks. It’s a great chance to make new friends, learn more about MMEA, and network with college/university faculty.
I also encourage you to attend the Exhibitor Reception, held on Thursday evening (1/25) from 7-8 PM in the Exhibit Hall. Get a sneak peek at the exhibits, and enjoy free appetizers and drinks.
We are looking for collegiate volunteers for the MMC, and we hope you can help. If you sign-up to volunteer for at least FOUR hours, you will receive free conference attendance which allows you to attend sessions, concerts, and the exhibitor trade show. You must be a collegiate member of MASTA, MMEA, MSBOA, or MSVMA to apply to be a volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering please see these 3 easy steps below:
2)    Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3)    Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
****Please note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
Collegiate MMEA/NAfME members can attend the MMC for only $20. We hope you can join us January 25-27 in Grand Rapids for the biggest music education PD event in Michigan! Please let me know if you have any questions, and visit for more information.  We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Michigan Music Conference!
2017 Collegiate Conference
February 10-11, 2017
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • Presentations by Dr. Jerry Blackstone (University of Michigan), Dr. Mitchell Robinson (Michigan State), Dr. Karen Salvador (University of Michigan – Flint), and more.
  • First 5 to register will receive a FREE ticket (Purchase price $14) to the University Musical Society concert on Friday night (2/10) at 8 pm in Hill Auditorium. This concert features the Budapest Festival Orchestra.


Schedule of Events

Friday, February 10, 2017 — Saturday, February 11, 2017

University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance

Earl V. Moore Building

1100 Baits Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Friday, February 10, 2017

Optional: 5-6pm Meet in E.V. Moore building Hankinson Rehearsal Hall for ride to restaurant

6-7:30 Group dinner at local restaurant. (On-sight registration begins)

7:30pm Depart for Hill Auditorium

8pm Performance by the Budapest Festival Orchestra

(Social activity to follow)

Optional homestay for students spending night.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


8-9am Breakfast in lounge (coffee, bagels, etc.) provided by MMEA in room 2058.

(8:30am) Student ensemble performance #1.

9-10 am Dr. Karen Salvador (UM-Flint): Movement in General Music

10-10:30am Tour of Earl V. Moore Building

10:30-11:15 Dr. Mitchell Robinson (MSU): Music Education Policy

11:30am-12:15pm Lunch provided by MMEA in Moore Building lounge

12:15-12:30pm Student ensemble performance #2.

12:30-2pm Dr. Jerry Blackstone (UM): Conducting Workshop

2-3pm Collegiate Board officer election (Nominees MUST be present)

• Nominee speeches

• Voting

• New positions announced at 3pm

 Online registration is now closed for this event. You may still register on-site for $25.

Lunch IS provided, so come join us for this fantastic event!  Great presenters, great networking and great sessions that WILL help you be successful as you enter the teaching profession! 
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  Questions: please email Dr. Colleen Conway, Collegiate NAfME Advisor (U of M),




Collegiate Information

As NAfME’s state affiliated organization, the Michigan Music Educators Association (MMEA) actively supports NAfME Collegiate members enrolled at a college or university in the state of Michigan.  Not sure if you are an MMEA member?  To put it simply, if you are a member of NAfME who studies/teaches in Michigan, you are a member of the MMEA.

How does the MMEA support college students?

The MMEA organizes and funds professional development opportunities for NAfME Collegiate members.  These events include the Collegiate Conference and NAfME Collegiate sessions at the Michigan Music Conference.

Additionally, the State Collegiate Advisor and two State Representatives serve as MMEA board members to represent college students and help plan collegiate events. 

What are the State Representative job responsibilities?

-Attend MMEA board meetings and report on student activities

-Provide a collegiate perspective and articulate mutual and differing concerns on a given issue

-Plan sessions geared for college students at the Michigan Music Conference with the NAfME Collegiate State Advisor

-Serve on the planning committee for the NAfME Collegiate Conference with the State Advisor and Early Careers Representative

-Network with and serve as a resource for collegiate NAfME members across the state and division

-Write articles/columns pertaining to the collegiate audience for publication in the Michigan Music Educator

-Monitor utilized forms of communication (including the Facebook State of Michigan NAfME Collegiate group page) to ensure accurate and timely messages are shared with collegiate members

-Represent the MMEA, NAfME, and NAfME Collegiate positively in all interactions

How do I become a State Representative?

State representatives are college music education majors who serve on overlapping two year terms.  They are self-nominated and peer-elected.  Elections take place each spring through chapter advisors.  If you are interested in opportunities to serve as State Representative, please contact a State Representative for more information.

How can I be active as a NAfME Collegiate member without serving as a State Representative?

One of the best ways to be active in state events is to keep in touch.  We use a Facebook group to be in contact with our membership.  If you are a member of Facebook, join the group NAfME Collegiate Michigan. If you are not a member of Facebook but would like updates, email a State Representative and ask them to keep you in the loop.

Another way to stay active is to attend the MMEA/NAfME Collegiate Conference and NAfME Collegiate sessions at the Michigan Music Conference.  We annually hold a business meeting at the Michigan Music Conference. While a business meeting does not sound extremely appealing, it is very important for our membership to attend to share ideas and connect with people from across the state.  We also work to keep these meetings as exciting as possible.  In January 2011 we included a short presentation and question & answer session with NAfME President, Dr. Scott Shuler.

To know what’s going on, check out theNAfME Collegiate Update printed in each Michigan Music Educator Journal.  These updates reflect on past events, discuss upcoming events, and include other opportunities to get involved.

What if I have ideas I want to share or questions I’d like answered?

We value your input and will work to find solutions to best serve the collegiate membership across the state. Please contact us!

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Elliot Polot, University of Michigan     ejpolot@umich,edu
Angela Schmitt, University of


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