Ends on June 2, 2017


Submission Deadline: June 2, 2017 (Annual & Summer Conferences)

PMEA/NAfME members and PMEA Corporate Sponsor Member companies are invited to submit educational session proposals for the PMEA 2018 Annual In-service Conference, to be held April 19-21 at the Lancaster Marriott & Convention Center and/or the 2018 PMEA Summer Conference, to be held in July, 2018 (specific dates and location are TBD). The PMEA Conference Planning Committee will blindly review all proposals. The final decision for inclusion in the conference will be that of the conference chair. Corporate Sponsor member session proposals must include a letter/email of endorsement from the sponsoring company when submitted. Sponsoring companies will be listed in the program book. The online application link can be found on the PMEA website at www.pmea.net under the Conferences and Events menu option via the “Annual Conference” link.

Selection Process

The conference planning committee will be guided in the selection of sessions by the following criteria: quality of presentation (objectives and organization); innovativeness; importance and timeliness of the topic to the field; practical applicability and program balance. Session proposals will be accepted in the following content areas:

  • Advocacy
  • Band
  • Classroom Music (Elementary, Middle or High School, Theory, etc.)
  • Choral
  • Collegiate/PCMEA
  • Curriculum Development/Assessment
  • Early Childhood
  • Guitar
  • Higher Ed/SMTE
  • Jazz
  • Leadership/Mentoring
  • Orchestra/Strings
  • Research
  • Special Learners
  • Technology
  • Urban/World Music


Complete the Online Proposal Application Form which includes: Session Title, Abstract, Type of Session (panel, lecture, demonstration, participatory) and Content Area. Be sure to include a current email address. Deadline: June 2, 2017.

*If the session includes a demonstration group, the group must audition to perform at the 2018 PMEA Annual Conference and may include up to 16 people. Selected performing groups may be used as demonstration groups.

Session Participant(s)

  1. All presenters must be current members of PMEA/NAfME or representatives of PMEA Corporate Sponsor companies. No honoraria are paid to educational session presenters.
  2. Submission of a proposal is a commitment by all participating individuals to register for the conference.
  3. Because of scheduling difficulties, individual requests for particular times cannot be granted. Submission of a proposal assumes acceptance of the scheduled day and time. If the proposed presenter knows of a conflict at the time of submitting the application, a note must be included indicating the conflict for any consideration to be given to accommodating the conflict. Notice of acceptance or non-acceptance for the Annual Conference will be emailed by October 1, 2017.
*Those interested in presenting research at the 2018 PMEA Annual Conference - the Call for Research Proposals will be made available at a later time and is separate from this call for proposals. 
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