INFORMATION FOR ADMINISTRATORS AND PARENT ORGANIZATIONS
Music Conference Alberta (MCA) is Alberta’s premier conference for band directors, choral conductors, elementary music teachers, and studio music instructors. Through more than 60 interest sessions and a variety of concerts and masterclasses, MCA provides valuable professional development opportunities for all music educators. The goal of the conference is to share ideas and information, equipping music educators with new pedagogical tools and thereby elevating the standard of music education in our province.
Alberta’s provincial music conference has long been a professional development staple for music teachers in the province. After a brief period of separate discipline-based conferences in the early 2000’s, a unified conference – Music Conference Alberta – was re-established in 2007. MCA is a joint venture of Choir Alberta, Alberta Band Association, and Alberta Music Education Foundation, in collaboration with the Albert Kodály Association and the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association, and Alberta String Association. Today, more than 300 music educators teaching at all levels – elementary school through university and community music – attend the conference.
WHEN AND WHERE
MCA takes place each fall in different communities around the province.
In 2018, Music Conference Alberta takes place in Edmonton from Oct 25-27 at the Sutton Place Hotel.
40 exhibitor booths
60+ Industry Reps
150+ high school and undergraduate students
The Alberta Youth Choir and ABA Wind Symphony are in residence during MCA.
Annual General Meetings of several provincial music organizations are held in conjunction with Music Conference Alberta.
Alberta Music Education Foundation
Alberta Band Association
Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association
Elementary music teachers
Junior high and high school choral directors
University music professors
Studio teachers of voice, piano, and other instruments
Music and music education students
Junior high and high school band directors
Community choir and band conductors
Fine Arts administrators
Music Industry representatives
The Music Conference Alberta Gala Concert features performances by the Alberta Youth Choir, the ABA Wind Symphony, and award winning young soloists. Additional performance at MCA 2018 will be announced soon!
More than 50 conference sessions are offered at MCA, ranging from strategies for elementary music education to teaching tips for high school choir and band. Repertoire reading sessions are held for elementary/children’s choirs, mixed choirs, and band. In addition, round table discussions and one-on-one sessions are included in the conference itinerary.
Allan Gordon Bell