2020 Masterclasses

As part of our virtual conference experience, NMEA is offering a series of masterclasses starting September 12. All masterclasses are FREE and are open to members and nonmembers. Please fill out our Google form to register! The deadline to register is 24 hours before each masterclass. Those who register will be emailed a Zoom link the day before each event.


September 26, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

"Energy and Enthusiasm for Choral Singing" led Lynn Brinckmeyer.


Searching for new ideas to keep your students engaged and excited about singing? Come try “kid tested” strategies and activities that help establish a healthy choral tone and artistic sensitivity in middle school and high school choral ensembles. Use a variety of chants, canons and rhythm activities to increase your students’ musical experience. Implement these new ideas on Monday morning!


October 3, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Central Time)

"The Greatest Hits of CCR: Creating, Connecting, and Responding in virtual, hybrid, or face-to-face music classrooms" led by Rob Lyda (general music). 


Music educators are facing many unique challenges this fall that will require refocusing our curriculum and developing a new skill set. Many of us are used to teaching with technology, but this year we will have to juggle restrictions, sanitation, engagement, and many other challenges while teaching through technology. This session will provide music teachers with suggestions and standards based strategies to create, connect, and respond to what ever learning mode your school chooses. Join us, "Down on the corner, out in the street", or by Zoom for a jam packed workshop!





Lynn Brinckmeyer

Dr. Lynn M. Brinckmeyer is Professor of Music, Associate Director of the School of Music and Director of Choral Music Education at Texas State University. During 2006-2008 she served as President for The National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC). Other past offices include: President for the Northwest Division of MENC, Music Educators Journal Editorial Board, and Washington Music Educators Association General Music Curriculum Chair. In addition to chairing the Eastern Washington University Music Department for six years and conducting the EWU Concert Choir, Dr. Brinckmeyer received the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame, the MENC Northwest Division Distinguished Service Award and Eastern New Mexico University’s Outstanding Alumni Award.

Dr. Brinckmeyer recently published The Wonder of Music with John Jacobson. Other books include: Rhythm Rescue!, Wander the World with Warm-ups, The Wonder of Music with Hal Leonard Publishing and Advocate for Music with Oxford University Press. She founded the Eastern Washington University Girls’ Chorus while teaching at EWU. She also served as Artistic Director for the South Hill Children’s Chorus in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Brinckmeyer is a co-founder and Artistic Director for the Hill Country Youth Chorus in San Marcos, Texas.

Dr. Brinckmeyer’s degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Music Education from Eastern New Mexico University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Kansas. In New Mexico she taught elementary music and middle school choir, then moved to higher education in the Pacific Northwest. At Texas State University Dr. Brinckmeyer teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music education, and she directs the Texas State Women’s Chamber Choir. Each summer Dr. Brinckmeyer teaches classes for Will Schmid’s World Music Drumming workshops. She has conducted all state choirs and honor choirs, lectured, presented master classes and performed in forty-nine states in the United States and 20+ countries, including China, Brazil, South Africa, Cuba and Peru.


Rob Lyda

Rob Lyda is the music teacher at Cary Woods Elementary and an Instructor of Music at Auburn University in Auburn, AL. Throughout his career, Dr. Lyda has taught a variety of music courses for students in grades K-undergraduate. Dr. Lyda is the recipient of several awards including school and district Teacher of the Year, the Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award, and was named the 2019 Lacey Powell Outstanding Music Educator by the Alabama Music Educators Association. In addition to his academic degrees, Dr. Lyda has completed certification studies in Kodály, World Music Drumming, TI:ME, is an Orff-Schulwerk (Levels I-III & Master Class) certified teacher. Dr. Lyda regularly presents sessions and research on technology integration, creativity, and general music education at state, regional, and national conferences.