Future Music Educators Symposium (FMES)

Future Music Educators Symposium
A Conference Within the SCMEA Professional Development Conference
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia SC
Friday, February 7, 2020
8:00 AM—5:15 PM

SCMEA Members are cordially invited to nominate your sophomore, junior or senior music students to participate the Future Music Educators Symposium, a conference within the SCMEA Conference, on February 16, 2018. The purpose of the FME Symposium is to attract our promising future music teachers, help them become aware of career opportunities in music and music education, and introduce them to the extraordinary community of music teachers (and learners) within the South Carolina Music Educators Association. As mentors and teachers, you have a great influence on inspiring your students to consider careers in music, especially in music education. With this in mind, the FME Symposium is designed to build upon the foundation you have given your students to prepare for careers in music. The deadline to nominate your students and for all student applications is January 14, 2020.


Future Music Educators Symposium Schedule

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM: Check-in at the Convention Lobby and go to Future Music Educators Symposium Session 1.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Overview by Dr. David Cudd, Symposium Director, and Session: “Meet your fellow Future Music Educators.”

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM: “Preparing for Careers in Music Education,” presented by Dr. Chris Hansen, Professor of Music Education, and Dr. Andrew Pettus, Director of Instrumental Activities, Anderson University. Dr. David Cudd, Presider.

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: General Session

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch and visits to college booths and other exhibits in the Exhibit Hall. Students may go to lunch with their directors or stay with FMES hosts, then all FMES students attend exhibits. Located in the Exhibit Hall.

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Session: Visit clinics and/or feature performances.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM: “Considering a Career in Music Education: Is this the Job for Me?” by Phil McIntyre, North Greenville University Director of Athletic Bands and former director of bands at James F. Byrnes High School along with Alicia Crutchlow, director of bands at Florence Chapel Middle School.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: “Real Life as a College Music Major.” FMES members participate in an interactive workshop with Collegiate Division members to learn about “real life” as a college music education student. The session will conclude with a review and closing discussion of the Future Music Educators Symposium.


SCMEA Member Nomination Instructions

SCMEA Members: Please contact your student nominee to confirm interest in participation and refer your student to the link listed under Student Application Instructions. To nominate your student, complete the online nomination form at this link no later than Friday, January 14, 2020: Director’s Nomination Form


Student Application Instructions

Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Music Students: You must be nominated by your instructor to apply for participation in the Future Music Educators Symposium. After your instructor nominates you, please complete the online application at this link no later than January 14, 2020: Student Application Form



Who is eligible to participate? A maximum of 16 students will be selected based on the instructor’s nomination and the student’s application, by a panel of SCMEA members. Sophomore, junior, or senior music students must be in good standing in their music programs, must be nominated by their instructors, and have an interest in becoming a music teacher.

When will I be notified if I’m selected? The deadline for application is January 12, 2018, and students will be notified by January 21, 2020.

Is there a registration fee? Yes, a fee of $30 is required to pay for lunch, snacks, and symposium supplies. The fee will be paid when the student checks in at the registration booth for the symposium.

Are parents allowed to attend? Parents may attend the opening General Session, where FME Symposium and other students will receive recognition during the awards presentation.
Are FME Symposium students responsible for their own transportation? Yes, parents, guardians, and caretakers are responsible for providing transportation to and from the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Who do I contact if I have questions? Contact Dr. David Cudd, FME Symposium Director, and Coordinator of Music Education, North Greenville University, at dcudd@ngu.edu