All you need to know about the 2019 International Music Education Summit

Calling all music educators: this online conference, which begins this week, will inspire and connect industry professionals from around the globe.

International Music Summit 2019
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Kicking off this Thursday (13 June), the 2019 International Music Education Summit is a three-day online professional development conference for music educators all over the world.

At the Summit, leading educators will present innovative projects and share successful learning approaches. There will be interactive sessions, panel discussions, tech demos, live performances and even networking opportunities via a private Facebook group.

The IMES is completely hosted online and is streamed live, making it easy and affordable to attend. You can watch sessions on any device, and if you can’t get the time off work, don’t worry – all sessions are recorded and made available for on-demand viewing for a full year after the live event.

If you’re an educator looking for inspiration or to better engage your students, or if you just want to stay up to date on all the latest trends and technology in music education, IMES is for you.

Highlights for 2019

Now in its second year, IMES features an impressive line-up of presenters, clinics and events. Highlights include:

  • Keynote from Yamaha Master Educator: A keynote address from outstanding Yamaha Master Educator, Marcia Neel. With 37 years in public school music education, Neel is a leader in her field, and has even presented at the White House. She has directed innovative music programmes from Connecticut to Nevada. Chief among them is a standards-based Mariachi Program in Nevada which is now staffed by 28 full-time instructors teaching over 5,000 students every day. She has also helped develop another 100 similar programmes across the USA. Her keynote will undoubtedly educate, motivate and inspire.
  • Rock bands in the classroom: Steve Giddings, author of Rock Coach: A Practical Guide For Teaching Rock Bands In Schools will deliver a three-part series on the benefits of forming rock bands in the classroom.
  • Collaboration panel: Five Global Teacher Prize nominees from around the world will participate in a panel discussion on collaboration and the recipe for success.
  • Virtual sing-along: The first-ever virtual Sing Along will be hosted at IMES with Alfred Music Publication’s Andy Beck. Download PDF sample copies of each song and interact with Beck to learn about the educational opportunities for each.
  • Live performances: There are three live performances at IMES, too, including the modern folk group SHEL and more.

Technology track

There’s a whole technology track at IMES, too. Learn about coding for composition, 3D sound and augmented reality apps as well as podcasting and open-source sheet music.

There will also be tech demos aplenty: Sphero will show off its wearable finger-drumming device, Specdrums; Zylia will demonstrate uses for its third-order Ambisonics array in music education and rehearsal recordings; and BandLab will present its collaborative recording technology in the context of empowering and engaging students.

Pricing and free sessions

At only $147, the 2019 International Music Education Summit might be the most affordable conference you can attend. However, if you want a taster but can’t afford a ticket, you can watch these four sessions for free: all the music performances as well as the keynote speech from Marcia Neel.

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