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Harmony can be defined as "the combination of separate but related parts in a way that uses their similarities to bring unity" - in music, in our communities, and in society. Music educators have the unique privilege to use their art to transcend boundaries and inspire harmony on all levels. At this year's conference, we will explore and celebrate the many ways outstanding educators are positively impacting students' lives through music.

NCMEA invites session proposals to be submitted for consideration for the 2023 NCMEA Professional Development Conference in Winston-Salem, NC on November 4-7, 2023. Conference participants come from all educational levels and include K-12 students and teachers, pre-service collegiates, and higher education faculty in the fields of general music, band, chorus, jazz, orchestra, guitar, piano, popular music, and music technology.
We invite proposals that cultivate a vision of music education that is inclusive, collaborative, and expansive, keeping in mind the ideals set forth by NCMEA’s strategic framework:

  • Reflect diversity in our profession and represent the wide and changing spectrum of our population. This representation may include various cultures, abilities, economic backgrounds, and gender identities;
  • Develop leadership to advocate for music education in the classroom, in school programs, and in the community and represent current trends in education policy at the local, state, and federal level;
  • Provide opportunities for all students to create, perform, respond, and connect to various styles of music;
  • Enhance music teaching through combining effective and dynamic new practices with proven strategies.

The deadline for submission is March 10, 2023 at 11:59pm EST. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
NCMEA Section Chairs will review and invite speakers/clinicians to present at Conference. All submitters will be notified of the status of their proposals in April 2023.


  • The standard session length is 50 minutes. Applicants have the opportunity to request longer session times.
  • Sessions should be standards-based, interactive, and engaging.
  • NCMEA is committed to representing diverse voices at our conference. We encourage those who identify as people of color, gender nonconforming, having a disability, LGBTQIA+, and other under-represented members to apply.
  • NCMEA encourages submissions from all ages and experience levels.
  • Multiple presenters per proposal are welcome.


  • Provide a title and brief overview description of your proposed session as it would appear in the conference program.
  • Identify the type of session and intended audience.
  • Include a short bio for each presenter in the proposed session.
  • Identify the NC Essential Music Standards or 2014 National Core Music Standards used in your presentation.
  • Identify action items or strategies from your session that will impact the instructional practices of attendees.
  • Identify whether your session includes consideration of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) and, if applicable, describe specific ways it addresses these issues.
  • Identify what technology will be integrated into your session, if applicable.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.