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Call for Proposals

The Association is seeking proposals for sessions to be presented at the February 2022 Annual Inservice Conference. The submission window has now ended and proposals are under review. Selected presenters will receive one complimentary conference registration.


We anticipate hosting hundreds of educators from across Maryland and beyond for the return on our in-person professional learning events. In the event we are unable to host this event in-person, the conference will shift to a virtual format.  


We are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive community in which participants and members of all backgrounds can access events, programs, services, and be treated fairly. Harassment, discrimination, prejudice, or bias in admission, employment, volunteering, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, ancestry, or military service will not be tolerated.



Maryland Strong


Which classroom-tested approaches, philosophies, resources, and tools are you relying on in your classroom? Come learn directly applicable, pedagogy-based tools for success. 


Sessions aligning with the conference theme should be targeted to one of the following content areas:

  • Band

  • Chorus

  • Emerging Practices

  • General Music

  • Higher Education

  • Orchestra



  • September 20 - October 17 at 11:59pm (Proposals submission window)

  • October 18 - November 1 - Proposal reviews window

  • November 8 - Acceptance status notices sent

  • November 8 - Launch conference registration

  • February 4-6, 2022 - Annual Inservice Conference


Application Steps

  1. Read the presentation outline guidelines and requirements.

  2. Create an account in the online submission platform, or sign in to an existing account. When creating an account, you will be asked to provide an email address and create a password. This email address will be used for communication regarding the status of the conference session proposal.  Note:  If your proposal has a co-presenter, only one person should fill out the session proposal.

  3. Complete all required sections of the online form.

  4. Click “Submit” to finalize your submission.


Upon successful submission of a proposal, an automated confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account. Please forward this to any co-presenters and save a copy for your records.


After a proposal is submitted, the status will be "In Progress” through the review process. 


Request to Edit or Change a Proposal
If you have made an error on your proposal, you may Request To Edit your submission. This Request To Edit is accomplished through the submission platform.  

Any requests to edit must be received by October 15, 2021 at 5:00pm and you must complete all edits by the deadline of October 17, 2021 at 11:59pm.


Submittable Help
Click here for a support article or contact for all technical/navigation issues. 


Proposal Guidelines

  • Each proposal submitted must focus primarily on one strand. While we realize high-quality instruction often overlaps into multiple areas, please select the strand that best fits the focus of the content. Multiple proposals are welcome.

  • Sessions must be standards-based, interactive, and engaging.

  • Multiple presenters (up to 3) per proposal are welcome.  

  • Proposals are welcome in all existing, expanding and emerging pathways in PreK–12 music education and music teacher education.

  • Proposals should address the barriers identified in the NAfME Equity and Access and the NAfME Inclusivity and Diversity Position Statements. 

  • All sessions will be 45 minutes in length.

  • This Call for Proposals is for individual, member-proposed sessions only. If you are interested in corporate-sponsored session opportunities, please email JJ Norman, MMEA Executive Director ( for more information.

  • Those submitting the proposal must be a member of NAfME at the time of submission, and if accepted, presenters must be members of NAfME at the time of the conference. Please join/renew here.

    • Exceptions to the membership requirement may be made by the MMEA President for individuals whose areas of expertise are outside music education.

  • Professionals of all ages, cultures, and experience levels are encouraged to submit.

  • All proposals will go through a blind review by no fewer than three MMEA Conference Committee members.


Presentation Outline Requirements

(word/character counts are limits, not requirements)

  • Presenter name(s)

  • NAfME member ID number (9 digits)

  • Presenter contact information

  • Presenter bio(s) (75 words/bio)

  • Presenter headshot(s) (for publication)

  • Session title for publication (60 characters)

  • Session description for publication (75 words)

  • Select the appropriate strand (Drop down menu of strands).

  • Identify specific learning objectives (75 words)

  • Identify how session content aligns with the conference theme

  • Identify how attendees will engage in the session as a part of their professional learning (75 words)

  • Identify action items or strategies attendees will take with them that will impact instruction (75 words)

  • Identify what education technology will be integrated into your session (75 words)

  • Address the barriers identified in the NAfME Equity and Access, and/or Inclusivity and Diversity Position Statements (75 words)

Please Note the Following

  • The MMEA Conference Committee reserves the right to select session proposals that best address the given criteria.

  • MMEA reserves the right to edit session titles and descriptions. 

  • Selected session presenters will receive one complimentary conference registration.

Sessions Proposal Review Rubric

Please click here to view the review rubric.

Questions and Communication

Please direct all questions to MMEA Staff at

Conference Committee

  • MMEA President, Brian Schneckenburger, Committee Chair (Baltimore County)

  • MBDA President, Matthew Heist (Anne Arundel County)

  • MBDA President-Elect, Christopher Cicconi (Towson University)

  • MCEA President, Edryn Coleman (Howard County)

  • Choral Educator Representative, Michelle Rafter (Washington County)

  • MODA President-Elect, Dana Shieh (Prince George’s County)

  • MODA Conference Chair, Richard McCready (Howard County)

  • MGMTA President-Elect, Ashleigh Cicconi (Harford County)

  • MMEA Board Member-At-Large, Thomas Pierre (Prince George’s County)

  • MSMTE President, Louise Anderson (Salisbury University)

  • MSMTE President-Elect, Laura Hicken (Towson University)

  • Music Supervisors Representative, Micah Socks (Washington County)

  • MMEA DEI Co-Chair, Stephanie Prichard (University of Maryland)

  • MMEA Education Technology Chair, Krystal Williams (Prince George’s County)