Future Music Educators Symposium

A Conference Within the SCMEA Professional Development Conference

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia SC

Friday, February 3, 2017
8:00 AM—5:15 PM    

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SCMEA Members are cordially invited to nominate your sophomore, junior or senior music students to participate in the Future Music Educators Symposium, a conference within the SCMEA Conference, on February 3, 2017. 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 November 30, 2016. 

Call for nominations

Future Music Educators Symposium Schedule

Session 1          “Living the Dream: How to Build, Maintain and Survive as a Music Educator,” presented by Diane McFarlane, Choral Director at Seneca High School

This will be the check-in and overview session for the 2nd Annual FMES event. Diane McFarlane, Choral Director for 27 years at Seneca High School will share her experiences, successes, and challenges, as well as her love for the art of teaching music to young people. Mrs. McFarlane will provide valuable insight for aspiring future teachers at the second Future Music Educators Symposium. High school students will hear practical advice and person accounts as they consider plans to pursue being future music educators.

Session 2          Opening General Session of the South Carolina Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, with Awards Presentation including FME Symposium students

Session 3          Attend SCMEA Conference sessions presented by expert clinicians on topics related to music teaching and learning

Session 4          Box lunch and visit the exhibits, including college booths, music industry exhibits and more

Session 5          “Preparing for your College Audition,” presented by Dr. Cheryl Greene, Associate Professor of Music at North Greenville University

FMES students will receive valuable advice on preparing for their college music auditions and/or scholarship auditions in this hands-on workshop.

Session 6          “Life as a College Music Major,” presented by Dr. Susana Lalama, Assistant Professor of Music at Converse College; Hunter Reese, SCMEA Collegiate Division President, and selected Collegiate Division Members.

FMES students will engage in a roundtable discussion with selected Collegiate Membership participants learn about the rewards and challenges of life as college music majors. The Future Music Educators Symposium will conclude with a review of the day’s experiences.

Instructions for 2017 FMES – 

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 November 30, 2016: https://goo.gl/forms/boTy4MnAcLTbQLkj2

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 November 30, 2016: https://goo.gl/forms/ZCekqiNaFgtt9M4l1


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 November 30, and students will be notified by December 9, 2016.

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 L. Perry, FME Symposium Director, and Director of Music Education, South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University, at dperry@andersonuniversity.edu.