Next week I am off to San Antonio, Texas to attend TMEA, the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. Over the years, attending clarinet and other music conferences have made a real difference in my career. The networking, recitals, master classes, clinics, etc. have certainly been worth more than the money and time invested.
Here’s an excellent blog post written a few years ago by a noted librarian on why it is important to attend professional conferences: WHY GO TO A PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE?. Her reasons all translate perfectly for us as musicians.
There’s a lot of excellent work going on with music conferences across the USA and abroad. Below are some upcoming 2013 conferences regional to me in Texas. (My apologies for leaving anyone out. If you want to have a conference mentioned or listed below, please comment on the blog or email me.)
Friday, March 1-3, Texas Clarinet Colloquium, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Friday, April 12-14, North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Region 4 Conference, Texas Christian University [TCU], Fort Worth
Thursday, June 13-15, OU Clarinet Symposium, University of Oklahoma, Norman
Thursday, June 13-15, CLAR-Essentials Clarinet Workshop (for advanced high school students), University of North Texas, Denton
Monday, June 17-18, TCU Clarinet Workshop, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth
FYI, the World Clarinet Alliance has a list of upcoming clarinet events: Click HERE.
ClarinetMike says: “Make yourself go a conference…AND take your students with you.”
NOTE: I found the above TMEA video on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jqi1IOd2a60.