Q: When and where is the 2018 AMEA Professional Development Conference
January 18-20, 2018 (Thursday through Saturday) at the Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) in Birmingham, Alabama.
Q: Who should attend the 2018 AMEA Professional Development Conference?
This conference is intended to fuel your passion and increase the volume of your music teaching knowledge! Band directors, choir directors, elementary educators, general music specialists, string music teachers, music program leaders, administrators, classroom educators, collegiate students, college professors, and private studio teachers will benefit from over 90 sessions and performances. All attendees will learn new skills and techniques that they can use immediately upon returning to the classroom. We are balancing intensive learning with special events that will recharge your battery!
Family and friends are welcome also! There are dozens of activities in and around Birmingham that will keep your guests busy and happy!
Q: Why should I attend?
You will be surrounded by attendees from across the state who share your passion for music education. We have also created a professional development line-up that is the best of the best of clinicians and specialists from all interest areas. If networking, learning, and being inspired are important to you – you cannot miss this!
Q: What can I do in my free time in Birmingham?
Find out what Birmingham has to offer!
Q: I have high school students interested in pursuing careers in music education. Is there anything for them at the conference?
Yes! The FAME (Future Alabama Music Educator) program includes many important topics for students considering a career as a music educator. AMEA provides a $1000 scholarship opportunity to a FAME participant who plans to major in music education at an Alabama college or university. Learn more!
Q: What are the registration fees; are there any discounts?
All registration rates are listed on the registration page. Save by pre-registering by January 11, 2018. Don’t wait! First-year teachers receive a discount and retired members receive complimentary registration.
Q: What does my registration fee include?
Conference registration includes more than 90 Professional Development sessions and performances, General Sessions, Keynote, entry into the conference exhibits, President’s Reception, and much more!
Q: Where and when is registration?
On-site registration is located in the BJCC registration lobby and is open Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and Friday 7:30 am – 1:00 pm. You may pre-register on the registration page.
Q: May I bring a guest? If so how can I register my guest?
Yes, guest registration is $15 and allows guests to participate in all conference events including sessions and performances. Guests must be non-music educators.
Q: What is the registration cancellation/refund policy?
You can cancel your registration and receive a full refund up to 2 weeks prior to the conference.
Q: Do I need to be a NAfME/AMEA member to register?
Yes, you’ll need to provide your NAfME membership number to register. Members may register a guest who is not a music educator. Non-members may register for an additional fee. Visit nafme.org to join or renew.
Q: What materials should I bring?
Yourself and a thirst for knowledge! If special materials are needed for a session, that information will be provided in the session description in the conference program.
Q: What is the dress code for the meeting?
We want you to relax and be comfortable – so whatever you are comfortable in is what you should wear! (Within reason, of course)
Q: When should I arrive and depart from the AMEA Professional Development Conference?
We suggest attendees arrive by 9:00 am on Thursday to take in sessions, exhibit hall grand opening and performances which start early Thursday. All events will be finished around noon on Saturday.
Q: Where do I make my hotel reservation?
The AMEA Conference will be at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. We have a special rate for conference attendees of $129 per night plus tax and fees at the convention hotel. Reserve your room at the conference rate now! The hotel room block rate ends January 3, 2018.
Q: Does the facility offer complimentary Wi-Fi?
If you are a guest at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, internet is included. It will work in your guest room, public areas and in the meeting rooms.