General Information

Q: When and where is the 2017 AMEA Professional Development Conference

January 19-21, 2017 (Thursday through Saturday) at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center and Embassy Suites Hotel in Montgomery, Alabama.

Q: Who should attend the 2017 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 Montgomery 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 Montgomery?

Find out what Montgomery 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 7.  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 Renaissance 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 Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Embassy Suites Hotel in Montgomery, Alabama.  We have a special rate for conference attendees of $129 per night at both hotels.  Reserve your room at the Renaissance now! The Renaissance room block rate ends December 19. Reserve your room at the Embassy Suites now! The Embassy Suites block rate ends January 1.

Q: Does the facility offer complimentary Wi-Fi?

If you are a guest at the either the Renaissance or Embassy Suites, internet is included. It will work in your guest room and public areas. There is no complimentary Wi-Fi in the meeting rooms.