2020 Conference
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NMEA Conference/In-Service Clinic

Each November NMEA provides professional development for music educators at its "Conference/In-Service Clinic."  For 2020, NMEA is excited to offer an entire virtual experience for the membership, their students and exhibitors!


Registration is now open! - Click here to register through Opus.

Conference registration will be made available online, with fees payable with a major credit card only.

Conference/Clinic Registration Fees

Registration Fees for Professional Development:

  • $20 for members
  • $40 for non-members


NMEA is excited to offer a virtual experience for our exhibitors as well. All vendors that choose to participate in the virtual conference will be charged a $100.00 fee, which includes: 

  • Inclusion in an advertising spot that recognizes and promotes all vendors and will be played prior to the start of each of the NMEA virtual sessions and Masterclasses. There a total of 36 of these educational presentations.
  • A post on NMEA's social media outlets featuring your company or product. 
  • A link to your company or product website on the NMEA conference page. 
  • Access to the NMEA virtual conference sessions you wish to attend. 
  • This year all who sign up for virtual exhibits and pay the $100.00 fee will be considered Patron Sponsors of NMEA starting immediately and running through December 2021. 

Exhibitor registration has ended. Thank you to all of the businesses, schools, and organizations that registered as exhibitors for the 2020 Virtual Conference!


IMAGE CONSENT:  NMEA records video and takes photographs during the Conference to use in our publications and broadcasts, such as the Nebraska Music Educator magazine, the NMEA website, etc.  Submitting an application or registration requires consent to allow any images taken during the conference to be used by NMEA. 

RECORDINGS:  Video or audio recording of any session, rehearsal or performance is strictly prohibited unless it is NMEA authorized personnel.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  There will be no refund of conference registration fees, unless the refund request is due to a personal or family emergency (defined as death or illness of an immediate family member, or other similar circumstance). If the NMEA Board of Directors deems the request a legitimate emergency, the refund will consist of half the registration fee paid by the individual.


Click here to download our 2020 Virtual Conference e-program (this schedule is subject to change).


NMEA is excited to announce Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser as the keynote speaker for our 2020 Virtual Conference! His keynote address, sponsored by Conn-Selmer, Inc., will take place on Monday, November 16 at 7:00 pm (CST).

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser is a trusted friend to anyone interested in working with young people in developing a desire for excellence and a passion for high level achievement. His career involves ten years of successful college band directing at Northern Michigan University, the University of Missouri, and New Mexico State University.

Following his tenure at the university level, he spent three years with McCormick’s Enterprises working as Executive Director of Bands of America. In 1981, Tim created Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc.

The organization designed to manage the many requests for workshops, seminars, and convention speaking engagements focusing on the area of positive attitude and effective leadership training. Over 2 million students have experienced his acclaimed student leadership workshops over the last three decades.

He presently serves as Vice President of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc. In addition, he continues his rigorous travel schedule touting the importance of arts education for every child.

His books, produced by G.I.A. Publications, Inc., continue to be bestsellers in the educational world. He is also co-author of popular band method, Essential Elements, and is the Senior Educational Consultant for Hal Leonard, Inc. Tim is the Senior Educational Advisor for Music for All, and NAMM (The International Music Products Association).

Tim holds degrees from Ball State University and the University of Alabama; in 1995 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the VanderCook College of Music. He is presently an adjunct faculty member at: Ball State University (Earl Dunn Distinguished Lecturer), Indiana-Purdue/Ft. Wayne University, and Butler University. In addition, he serves on the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and the Western International Band Clinic/American Band College Board of Directors.


Future Conference Dates

  • 2021 - Wednesday-Friday, November 17-19
  • 2022 - Wednesday-Friday, November 16-18
  • 2023 - Thursday-Saturday, November 16-18
  • 2024 - Wednesday-Friday, November 20-22
  • 2025 - Thursday-Saturday, November 20-22

NMEA conference dates were chosen to take advantage of the availability of hotels and conference facilities. Please put the dates of the NMEA Conference on your school calendars and notify all necessary school officials; working several years ahead will help avoid conflicts with other school activities.