Online Professional Development

Registration for summer and fall events is now open

MMEA Online PD are one hour online sessions on a variety of topics. Clock hours are available for most sessions. Registration cost is $5.00 for MMEA members, $10.00 for non-members. All sessions are free for any college or university student.

Tuneful Tuesday
Offered via Zoom, Tuneful Tuesdays are one hour sessions on a variety of topics. 1 SCECH is available for these sessions. Check out the offerings we currently have scheduled:

August 15, 2023
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Stephanie Schalbreezee: “Sing and Move with Books!”

Using children’s story books is a wonderful way to encourage playful participation in a First Steps in Music lesson. In this session, Stephanie will share some of her favorite ways to help children become tuneful, beautiful and artful using wonderful books!

September 5, 2023
7:00 – 8:00 pm
John Churchville: “Creating Original Music with Your Students”

Learn time tested methods for creating original music with your students. Creating original music with your students is one of the most rewarding, fulfilling and effective ways to pass on the gift of lifelong musicking. This session will cover everything you need to start making music with your students today. From idea generation to the finished product, to on stage world premier concerts of student works. Crafting original music with your students puts every element of music making into their hands. They hold the power to make choices on the form, structure, tempo, key, melody, subject matter, style and anything else the creative process puts in front of them. We will discuss group composing as well as ways to provide the tools, time, and guidance for individual projects to flourish on their own. There is no better way to teach creativity in music than to allow your students to create it themselves. Many examples of student work, and quick start guides will be provided so you can start creating right away.

October 10, 2023
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Daniel Taylor: “Inclusive Approaches to Music Teaching and Learning”

How can we as music educators continue to develop our music teaching practices to include as many students as possible? This interactive online session will highlight various strategies including ways to proactively establish and sustain positive teacher/student classroom dynamics, differentiate our curricula and activities, and remove barriers to full participation. We will consider how “inclusion” goes beyond “not excluding”. This session is appropriate for all music teachers regardless of teaching specialty or age group. Space and time will be given during the workshop to apply specific learnings to your context and connect with others for cooperative information sharing.

March 12, 2024
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Charissa Duncanson: “Give, Guide, Grow: Student Lead Exploration”

Session description TBA

April 9, 2024
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Melissa Stouffer: “Finishing the Year with Conceptual Learning, Assessment and Fun!”

If the end of the year has you feeling stressed, this is for you. Get a grip on keeping learning going through the end of the year, assessing students, and making sure music class still holds joy even when everyone is checked out.

Windows Wednesday
Windows Wednesdays are one hour sessions that are designed to be a “window” on the world of special topics in the music classroom. 1 SCECH is available for these sessions. The following offerings are available online via Zoom:

July 19, 2023
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Eric Bottorff: “Create Success in Special Ed TODAY”

Has a special education class been added to your schedule and you are unsure what to do? How do you teach music to a class of students who are non-verbal? How do you plan a coherent unit or lesson when all of these IEPs have such drastic needs? How do you make sure these students aren’t lost when they eventually “mainstream?” I teach 10 of these classes each year and would teach 25 if my school would let me! In this session, participants will learn strategies, mindsets, and some truths that can be used for immediate success in general music special education classrooms.

November 15, 2023
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Rosalia Schultz: “Windows and Mirrors: A Multicultural Approach to Teaching Music in the Elementary Classroom”

Multicultural music education should take a two-pronged approach; it is important to teach music from diverse cultures so that our students are exposed to the world around them (windows), while also recognizing the need to connect with the students who are from diverse cultures themselves (mirrors). The goal is to foster community among students and to create a climate of inclusion for all.

February 14, 2024
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Heather Shouldice: “Growing Musicianship with Music Learning Theory

In this session, the presenter will model activities and strategies for building students’ musicianship through audiation and demonstrate how audiation can facilitate improvisation. Find out how you can use ideas from Gordon’s Music Learning Theory (MLT) to help your students grow into independent musicians!