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Introducing Our New Website: By Diane Mehringer, MMEA Webmaster

Welcome to our new MMEA website! www.mmeamichigan. org launched in February of 2011. The response has been gratifying, and we hope you will visit here often.

Popular features of the MMEA website

On the left sidebar, there are pages categories: Home, Join MMEA, Events, Calendar, Facebook, Jobs, Links, Michigan Music Educator, Research, Advocacy, and About MMEA. These page tabs can be seen on the left side of every page, for your navigation convenience.

The Home page has the latest news and updates, along with a calendar of events. It’s a good place to begin your visit.

“Join MMEA” links to the NAfME (MENC) membership page. You can also find links to the member forums here.

Our “Events” section includes Contests, Conferences, Festivals and Concerts. You will find dates, applications, release forms, and event registrations here. On the Conference page, we have Early Careers, MMC, MYA and MSVMA-MMEA Summer Workshop details. The Honors Composition Concert, Elementary Choral Festival and World’s Largest Concert each have their own page under Events.

The Calendar appears on our homepage in the sidebar, and also has its own page. On the homepage, scroll down to see additional events. Clicking on a calendar item gives you the event’s full details, including the registration link and a Google map. You can also import MMEA dates to your own Google Calendar.

We recently launched a Facebook page called “Mmea michigan.” Cory Micheel-Mays is the FB administrator, and he posts new topics frequently. You too can initiate a topic and join the discussion.

This past summer, our “Jobs” page was the most popular page on our website! I have been updating this page weekly, using many sources. If you know of a music opening in your district, please send it in.

“Links” will take you to additional music education and arts advocacy websites.

MMEA’s Journal, the “Michigan Music Educator” is publishing a print and an online edition this year. The e-journal will be linked through our website, and we hope you will give it a try. You will also find updated Submission Guidelines and Advertising Information pages.

“About MMEA” has our MMEA Region Map to define the MMEA districts in Michigan. Your Rep’s name and email addresses are included here. MMEA Presidents from 1952-Present are also listed here.

“Board Members” is within the “About MMEA” section. The list is grouped into the MMEA Executive Committee, Operations, Program Chairs/Members, and Region Reps. You can find all these contact names and emails here. Click on the email address you are linked to send us an email. It’s very easy!

CMENC has all the information published by our Collegiate Faculty Advisor and Student Representatives. CMENC also has a Facebook page, which is linked to our website. Early Careers Conference information is here as well as under “Events.”

What features will be added to our MMEA website in the future?

- A members-only area, so you can find other MMEA members who live and work near you. We are hoping it helps members connect locally and could open the door for collaborative work and pooled advocacy efforts.

-Audio and video clips (within copyright law & permissions) -Photos from MMEA events

-Online Michigan Music Educator e-journal along with traditional print format -Research Page and Advocacy Page will be developed further.

-MMEA Award recipients and application forms for future award nominees

Our website’s content was developed in part from conversations I had with MMEA members at conferences and professional events. You have great suggestions for the MMEA website, in what it can do for you and for our organization. If you would like to see something added to, please contact me. We hope this website becomes a familiar and useful place for you to visit and revisit. n


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