Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA) Statement

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access in music education is an essential element of our practice and preparation of teachers and students to interact with musicians worldwide and within a global context. MMEA is 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.

As a result, MMEA is committed to:

  • Providing a welcoming, friendly environment for all participants

  • Celebrating the creativity and unique strengths and talents of all constituents

  • Ensuring outreach and integration of individuals who are underrepresented in music education

  • Treating members, constituents, and students equitably

  • Providing consistent, clear, bias-free, and transparent standards to the extent possible

MMEA is 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. MMEA does not tolerate 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.

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Listening In

Listening in: Conversations about Music Education in Maryland is an initiative of MMEA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion subcommittee.


The goal of this interview series is to provide an opportunity for listeners to learn about varied identities and experiences of music teachers in Maryland, with particular focus on highlighting underrepresented or overlooked perspectives.

To learn more and listen to the interviews, please click here.

Accessibility Requests

MMEA remains committed to advancing diversity and inclusion throughout music education to foster a welcoming and inclusive organization. Integrating the various learning needs and accommodations for students with a disability, IEP, or 504 is of the utmost importance. We continue to develop and implement operational policies and procedures for MMEA programs, products and services.

Special requests for alternative submission formats are addressed on a case by case basis, and documentation of disability must be provided. Please complete and submit the MMEA Accessibility Request form to request accommodations.

For any MMEA Festival or All State audition, please submit this form at least five (5) business days prior to the submission deadline.

For the MMEA All State ensemble weekend, please only use this form if your student was accepted into an All State ensemble. Please submit this form immediately upon acceptance of your student's All State ensemble placement.

Privacy Statement

MMEA collects contact information of students participating in MMEA activities. No third party is collecting or has access to this data. For registration and confirmation purposes, MMEA collects directly from the caregiver, student, or teacher the following: student name, address, email address, and phone number; school name, school teacher name and email; caregiver name, email, and phone number. 

To help facilitate this virtual process, caregivers may need to communicate with MMEA staff for questions and support. We ask that the student’s school music educator be copied on all messages to MMEA to assure transparency and accurate communication. MMEA staff will extend the same courtesy in the event staff needs to communicate with caregivers.

 

The information is used to make notification of acceptance, confirmation of participation, and details regarding the activity or event. MMEA does not disclose the information to a third party. 

Caregiver Rights

Personal information collected can be verified by a caregiver at any time. An alternative method to submit the required information

will also be provided.

MMEA will not require a child to disclose more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in MMEA activities or events. You can can review your child’s personal information, direct MMEA to delete it, or refuse to allow any further collection or use of the child’s information. Caregivers can agree to the collection and use of their child’s information and still not allow disclosure to third parties unless it is a component of the service or activity MMEA provides. 

To exercise your rights please contact the MMEA Executive Office via email at mmemarylandinfo@gmail.com or

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