2019 Symposium – Final Details

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the 2019 Symposium on Music Teacher Education in Greensboro, NC next week. Here are a few final items to think about as you prepare for your trip:
1. If you have not already done so, please register for the Symposium in advance. Registration costs $265 in advance, but will cost $320 on site. Registering in advance will help the organizers in Greensboro be sure that we have enough materials and amenities for all in attendance.
2. The detailed schedule for the Symposium is online. If you are involved in a presentation of any type, please check it to make sure you know when and where events will occur. Please note that the check-in time for the Symposium itself is from 5:00-6:45 on Thursday, September 12. Transportation will be provided from the Marriott to the conference location between 5:30 and 6:30. Following check-in, we will begin the Symposium with several special presentations including our guest presenter of the David J. Teachout Keynote, Dr. Ken Zeichner, Boeing Professor of Education Emeritus, University of Washington.
3. I would like to draw your attention to a session on Friday from 8:00-9:30 PM titled A Forum for Conversation. This session will be an opportunity for us to discuss the decision to return to Greensboro for this year’s Symposium, and the direction of future Symposia. If you are unable to join us in Greensboro, but would like to participate in this session virtually, please email me indicating your interest in doing so by Tuesday, September 10th at 5:00 PM Eastern time so we can make the necessary arrangements.
4. An important part of the Symposium is the ongoing work of our Areas for Strategic Planning and Action (ASPAs). You are encouraged to view the ASPA web pages  and to listen to the introductory podcasts that ASPA leaders have recorded, some of which are recently updated.
5. In an effort to make the Symposium more accessible, a task force of members has arranged for supports for those who will be bringing young children. Please see the Travel & Logistics page, which has been updated with even more information on this topic including the availability of baby sitting with UNCG students.
6. Several weeks ago you received a link to vote on some pending bylaws issues. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to vote on these topics. Voting will close on September 9th at the end of the business day, and we will discuss the outcome of the vote during the Symposium.
I wish you all safe travels, and look forward to an outstanding 2019 Symposium.
Jay Dorfman, SMTE Communications Chair