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FUTURE MUSIC EDUCATORS SEMINAR Lori and Jonathan Lauff, Coordinators

Illinois Music Educators Association Future Music Educators Seminar

Dear Music Educators,

Do you ever think back to what got you started in music? Was there a special teacher who noticed your potential and mentioned that you should consider a career in music education? Was there a music teacher who gave you a leadership position or an opportunity to conduct? Each year we meet with Illinois students selected for the Future Music Educators Seminar, and we hear amazing stories about teachers like you who have nurtured and inspired these students to become music educators.

It is that time of year again when we ask you to look within your classroom to see if there is a future music teacher among your students. Tomorrow’s great music teachers are in our classes today. Helping students learn more about the profession will help ensure the continued success of music education.

T e IMEA Future Music Educators Seminar (FMES) off ers high school students a unique opportunity to learn about music education. T e Seminar takes place during the IMEA All-State Conference each year. Please consider this article as a special invitation to encourage your students to apply.

Quotes from past FMES participants:

As I said at the beginning of the seminar, all of my life changing experiences have happened in music, and this seminar is no diff erent. T is has been one of the best weeks of my entire life, and I have made some friends that I hope I will see again.

T e mix of clinics, meetings and discussions provided a whole and realistic view of music education as a major and as my future. It was a phenomenal experience that I will never forget.

I highly recommend this program to anyone who really wants to get fi red up about being a music educator.

T is year, 45 students will be selected from all areas of music with a minimum of two student representatives from every IMEA district. FMES students are selected by the District Presidents based on student essays and teacher recommendations/rankings. To be considered, students must submit an essay to their nominating teacher. T e nominating teacher must also fi ll out the required forms through the online system ( in Step 3. FMES is one of the categories. All nominations must be received by November 11, 2011. Complete information regarding the process and regulations can be accessed through the web site ( Schools need to be registered and updated with the participating school fee paid to access the FMES nomination form.


Teachers, please copy and hang the poster found on our website (see information below) in your music area and begin talking to your enthusiastic music students today.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact us at Lori_Lauff

Regards, Jonathan and Lori Lauff Future Music Educator Seminar Mentors

Poster Available Online

A poster to excite your students about a career in music education is available in both color and black and white on the IMEA website. Go to select the “Programs and Projects” tab and go to the “Future Music Educators” link.

v Are you a high school student who loves having music as a part of your life?

v Does the thought of staying involved with music throughout your life sound exciting?

v Do you enjoy working with and inspiring others? Then, considering a career in

music education might be for you!

It is never too early to start thinking about what it takes to be a music teacher. For students considering a career in teaching music, we encourage you to apply to be a part of the Future Music Educators Seminar (FMES), January 25-28, 2012.

The Illinois FMES All-State experience brings together some of the most enthusiastic 10th-12th grade musicians from Illinois, musicians who believe they may want to share their love for music with others. During the Seminar, students will meet peers who share a passion for music and may soon be the choir, band, orchestra, and general music teachers of tomorrow.

Participating FMES students will attend professional meetings led by experienced music teachers as well as teachers new to the profession, be involved in round table discussions with collegiate music education students, observe All-State rehearsals, attend performance sessions, music exhibits and more.

By the end of the Seminar, students will gain an understanding of the music education profession and may have a better idea if this is a career choice that they would like to pursue. Students will also gain an understanding of what they should be doing after the Seminar to continue to prepare for this career path.

Talk to your music teacher now to find out how to apply for this experience. Student essays and teacher recommendations must be received by November 11, 2011. If teachers or students have questions regarding the Future Music Educators Seminar, please contact

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