top of page


MMEA war hocherfreut, diesen ersten Student Leadership Summit 2021 auszurichten, der am Samstag, den 9. Januar 2021, stattfand. Alle Schüler der Klassen 7-12 sowie Studenten im Grundstudium waren eingeladen, daran teilzunehmen. Die Teilnehmer wurden von nationalen und lokalen Führungskräften im Bereich der Musikausbildung sowie von anderen Führungskräften der Kunstindustrie aus den ganzen Vereinigten Staaten verdient.

Zu den Sitzungsthemen gehörten Interessenvertretung, Konfliktlösung, Kommunikation, Vielfalt, Gerechtigkeit, Inklusion und Zugang, Selbstfürsorge, Zeitmanagement und MEHR!

Aufgrund von Beschränkungen für große Versammlungen war dies eine virtuelle Veranstaltung. Alle Sitzungen wurden live und über Zoom durchgeführt.

Wer hat teilgenommen?

Das Gipfelkomitee hat Inhalte so gestaltet, dass sie auf jeden anwendbar sind, der sich als Führungskraft, aufstrebende Führungskraft, zukünftige Führungskraft oder selbstbestimmte Führungskraft identifiziert. Sektionsleiter, Studentendirektoren, Feldkommandanten, Tambourmajors, Tri-M Chapter Officers, NAfME Collegiate Chapter Officers, zukünftige Musikpädagogen und zukünftige Leiter der Kunstgemeinschaft sind alle zur Teilnahme eingeladen.

Lehrkräfte, deren Schüler an dem Gipfel teilnahmen, waren herzlich willkommen. Wir haben alle Pädagogen gebeten, als Beobachter teilzunehmen, damit die Schüler sich als Teilnehmer engagieren können.  

Wir begrüßten alle interessierten Teilnehmer aus Maryland und darüber hinaus.


Bitte richten Sie alle Fragen an MMEA-Mitarbeiter unter .


Conference Schedule

All session times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Opening Keynote 11_00.png

The world needs positive leaders to lift others up now more than ever. In the form of a highly engaging and interactive conversation, this session will share that what it means to be a leader may be different than what you expect. Leadership is not just for those with a leadership title or position. True leadership comes from within and begins with how we lead ourselves. Then we are prepared to inspire and encourage others to achieve their full potential.

Dr. Matthew Arau, author of "Upbeat! Mindset, Mindfulness, and Leadership in Music Education and Beyond" and founder of Upbeat Global, is an Associate Professor of Music and the Chair of the Music Education Department and Symphonic Band Conductor at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. Dr. Arau has guest conducted and presented on student leadership, mindfulness, growth mindset, rehearsal techniques, and creating positive cultures in person in over 25 states and 4 continents in person. Discover more about Dr. Arau at

Breakout 1 12_15.png

Who knew that starting music in Grade 6 would take me through high school, onto university, into a career as a music teacher, into a career in the military, and also connect me with amazing people from all around the world! Come join me on my journey of personal development & growth from the past 30 years.

Mandart Chan is a 2nd generation visitor on the lands of the lək̓ʷəŋən people, aka Victoria BC Canada. He is currently one of the music directors of at Belmont Secondary School and is the President of the British Columbia Music Educators Association. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria (BMus - 2003) and Sam Houston State University/American Band College (MMus - 2014) and is currently pursuing a degree in Master of Professional Education in Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice through the University of Western Ontario. He resides in the community of View Royal BC with his partner Jason and their rescue pup Tikka.

Breakout 2 12_15.png

Activating Change! Activism for student leaders, is designed specifically for students who want to make positive and lasting changes in their school and music communities. We will examine the role of a) student leaders; b) faculty and/or parent advisors; and c) student stakeholders. The importance of creating a shared vision, tangible and timely goals, and drafting an action plan will be examined.

Liz Palmer, D.M.A., holds degrees in music technology from Susquehanna University (BA), music education from Towson University (MS) and University of Southern California (DMA). Most recently Dr. Palmer was an instrumental music teacher in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She is a 2020 Teachers Pay Teachers Teach for Justice grantee, and the Director for Diversity and Inclusion of Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity.

Breakout 3 12_15.png

YOUR life in music: explore career preparation and pathways to follow and support your passion for music and creativity. Learn about options to build a sustainable career in music and the creative industry.

Mary Luehrsen is director of public affairs and government relations for NAMM, the National Association of Music. Luehrsen oversees policy and advocacy that advance music making opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. A former professional flutist and music teacher, Luehrsen acknowledges her inspiration to advocate for music education her first music teachers in rural Wisconsin and a belief that all children have the right to learn and grow with music.

Teacher track 12_15.png

For Educators Only:  Developing leadership is often an integral part of many music programs as music educators seek to provide “life lessons” for their students. This session will explore critical topics for music educators to consider when developing an inclusive and accessible student-centered leadership program where everyone is valued and has a voice in the program. Be prepared to share your own experiences of leadership development both as an educator and with your students.

A nationally recognized advocate and leader for the advancement of music education, Scott Sheehan is the Director of Bands and Music Department Chairperson at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School in Hollidaysburg, PA. In addition to his duties at Hollidaysburg, Mr. Sheehan is the National President-Elect for the National Association for Music Education and serves as the Program Chair for the NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles. Mr. Sheehan is also an Educational Clinician for Conn-Selmer.

College and Camp Fair 1 00.png
Lunch & Learn.png

Wake up tomorrow, and the world has changed again. But in the midst of an ever accelerating world filled with challenge and change, the best gift we can offer is our full, authentic, and values aligned self. I look forward to sharing more about how to discern and discover your why, and how to operationalize that why in your work to make the biggest impact possible and create the greatest value in your life and work.

A leader fiercely committed to democratizing art and inspiring revolutionary creativity, Stephen Beaudoin has 20+ years experience as a senior nonprofit executive, former publicly elected school board chair, family foundation board member, and former professional musician and actor. Beaudoin serves today as Executive Director of two time Grammy award winners, The Washington Chorus, and is in the final semester of completing an MBA at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Breakout 4 2_45.png

Student leaders can play a significant role in advocating for their music education experiences. In this session, learn about the resources that are available to leaders and their families, who your partners in advocacy should be, and 2022 initiatives that support the music education experience for students at all levels.    


Amy T. Hairston is in her 16th year as a choral/general music and theatre teacher in MD (Springbrook HS). She is a proud alumnus of Oakland Mills HS & UMD. She is the Advocacy Chair on the MMEA executive board. Mrs. Hairston has been a music clinician and adjudicator for Howard, Montgomery, Baltimore and Calvert County, and enjoys presenting at MMEA in-services. Past topics include repertoire sessions, equity in advanced music courses and anti-racism in the music classroom.                 

Breakout 5 2_45.png

Conflicts are unavoidable. How we resolve our organizational conflicts will determine the health, longevity and cohesiveness of our teams. This interactive session will explore the seven (7) steps to turn any conflict into a festival of collaboration.

Cameron W. Jenkins is the founder of Full Potential Leadership, an international communications platform that coaches innovative leaders to maximize their strengths and reach their full potential. Cameron is an author, keynote speaker, leadership consultant, professional development coach, and community leader. Cameron is an avid learner, team builder, and he serves as a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician. Cameron and his wife, Lu Jenkins, are church planters. They founded Opportunity Church, a multi-ethnic church in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Breakout 6 2_45.png

This session will explore ways to build YOUR music education community by examining some examples and also reflecting on your own space.

Distinguished as a prominent thought leader in public music education, Chiho Okuizumi Feindler is responsible for designing and overseeing the implementation of Save The Music Foundation’s national programs aimed at ensuring equity and access to comprehensive music education in America’s public schools. She is a recipient of Honorary West Virginian Award and currently serves on multiple national and regional boards including The Center for Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning and Arts Ed Newark.

Teacher track 2_45.png

For Educators Only: Your student leadership team has the power to help build a family atmosphere of excellence, accountability, and community. This session will provide multiple strategies to foster growth and leadership development within your music program.

Dr. Myra Rhoden is the founder of the Athena Music and Leadership Camp, an all-girls program built on a foundation of social-emotional learning and developing musicianship. She serves as the Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Bands at Fayette County High School (Georgia), is a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, and is honored to have an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the country.

Closing Keynote 3_30.png

Students need to be safe in their environment in order to learn effectively. If a student is hearing and feel compartmentalized by their peers words, then their attention is divided between the lesson and the words of their peers. Peers and student learners need to be challenged to see their own internal bias and shift the axis of acknowledging the whole person not just their "unique/different" elements. Uniqueness is another way to say to different. Different from what? What is normal? Who is normal? How do people shift vocabulary to be perpetually inclusive and change the social norm to be authentically inclusive - period?

Ruth LeMay is a passionate urban music educator. She believes everyone needs equal access to music making that is relevant to their lives. Ruth created 3 Strings, an adaptive methodology, with the intent to bring humans together through music, regardless of ability.

Networking & Idea Share.png

Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on the day, share ideas for implementation, and network with fellow leaders.  Students will be sorted into groups by last name (A-I, J-Q, R-Z).  Educators will have their own group.

bottom of page