Second Annual International Music Education Summit Begins This June

Mike Lawson • News • May 22, 2019

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The Second Annual International Music Education Summit will be live June 13-15, 2019.

Created to be as much like a live, in-person music education in-service, the summit offers peer-reviewed educational sessions brought directly to the music educators who need it most, via their own internet connection.

“The reality is that most music educators can’t attend their state or even local in-service opportunities. Time and budgets are heavily restricted, and for some teachers the distance and expense are completely prohibitive,” said Elisa Janson-Jones, founder and director of the International Music Education Summit. “We’re trying to give every music educator, no matter where they are or what they teach, the opportunity to learn from experts in the field. By utilizing online resources already in existence, we can do that.”

The 2019 Summit will feature more than 65 live-streamed clinics from professional music educators around the world and made accessible to attendees through their own devices. Unlike traditional conferences, all of the sessions are recorded and made available to attendees so they can continue to watch and learn even after the event has ended.

Because networking is one of the most vital pieces of live conferences, the International Music Education Summit also offers a private Facebook group, “The Teacher’s Lounge,” exclusively for attendees and presenters.

Each session is streamed live, the presenters trained in online conferencing skills, so that attendees can still interact, collaborate, and ask questions, making the learning environment more effective. Presenters offer complimentary downloads and support materials making the overall value of the Summit far greater than the financial investment of registration.

“We saw the need and made it happen. There’s no membership required, no travel expenses, just a small registration fee to help us cover the expenses of putting the Summit together,” said Janson-Jones. “Sponsors are also an important part of the equation; they get one-to-one access to their target market while supporting the music education community. It’s a really great strategy all around, and helps keep the registration fees low.”

In addition to the educational workshops, the 2019 Summit will feature at least two live streamed performances, a panel discussion with the Global Teacher Prize winners, and a keynote address by prominent music educator Marcia Neel.

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