Lightning Round Application

  1. The lightning round session is a series of short, concentrated presentations about single topics.  
  2. The one-hour session will include five or six lightning presentations, each ten minutes or less. 
  3. Presenters are limited to one 10-minute presentation.
  4. Session proposals must be submitted by the individual who will be presenting the lightning round session.
  5. All Alabama clinicians who are music educators must be members of NAfME/AMEA and must register for the conference in order to present at the lightning round.
  6. AMEA does not pay honoraria or expenses to its members.
  7. Individual requests for particular times cannot be granted. Submission of a proposal assumes acceptance of the scheduled times.
  8. Applications will be accepted through October 1!

Lobby Group Performance Application

Teachers are encouraged to submit applications for small ensembles to perform in the lobby, in an informal setting, at the annual AMEA Professional Development Conference. Submissions are due by October 1. Teachers will be notified by October 15.

  1. Applications must be submitted by a member in good standing of NAfME/AMEA.
  2. Lobby groups must use no amplification.
  3. Percussion ensembles and jazz bands will not be considered.
  4. Chairs and music stands will be provided. However, no other equipment will be provided. A piano will not be provided.
  5. Submission of an application assumes acceptance of the scheduled day and time.
  6. Individual requests for specific days or times cannot be granted.
  7. Lobby performances are not considered in lieu of stage performances. Larger ensembles (bands, choirs, orchestras, etc.) should apply to perform on the stage.
  8. Recommended lobby groups: small brass, woodwind, string, vocal, or guitar groups, such as trios, quartets, or quintets

Research Poster Application

  1. The Alabama Music Educators Association, Higher Education Division invites research poster submissions from all levels of music scholars and practitioners. Submissions may include completed and in-progress research studies involving any aspect of music (education, therapy, history, psychology, performance, music in higher education, alternative music, etc.). Research based on issues facing music educators, musicians, and music students in the Southeastern United States are especially welcome, though this is not a requirement.
  2. All submissions should meet the Code of Ethics found in the Journal of Research in Music Education.
  3. Research presented at other conferences will be considered. However, previously published work will not be accepted.
  4. Interested researchers should submit a detailed abstract of the research project (up to 1000 words) as a Word or PDF document through our online submission website.
  5. Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, November 6, 2017 for full consideration.
  6. All submissions will be peer-revised and authors will be notified of acceptance by email during the week beginning Monday, November 27, 2017. If accepted, authors must register and attend the AMEA Conference to present the poster.  In the case of multiple-author works, at least one author must register and attend the AMEA Conference to present the poster.

Conference Resources

General Information

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!

Registration Information

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 5, 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.

Guidebook App

Q: What app will the conference use this year?

The AMEA uses Guidebook as the official app of the conference. Use the guide to navigate to the sessions, concerts, exhibits, luncheons and other events included in this year’s conference. Check out the presenters and performing groups, view maps of the facility and downtown Montgomery and interact through social media.

Q: How can I provide feedback about the conference?

The Guidebook app for the conference includes surveys for participants to comment on various aspects of the conference.

Session Information

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)

Travel/Hotel/Wi-Fi

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.