Growing the Next Generation

MMEA provides student and teacher enrichment by sponsoring numerous student activities. The association has 8 annual All State music groups (Senior Band, Senior Mixed Chorus, Senior Treble Chorus, Senior Jazz Band, Senior Orchestra, Junior Band, Junior Chorus and Junior Orchestra) which are drawn from the entire state. A rigorous audition process selects nearly 1,000 students from the 7,000 students in secondary school music programs who audition for the groups. The student musicians spend several weeks in individual preparation and then come together for three days of intense rehearsals with a nationally known conductor. The sessions are open for teacher observation.

State Solo and Ensemble Events

MMEA sponsors state Solo and Ensemble events. Students play prepared, graded selections for an adjudicator, giving them feedback on their performance as soloists or as members of small ensembles. Those who qualify at a district event by earning the highest rating may go on the State event. The State Solo and Ensemble events hear performances from nearly 6,000 students.

Professional Learning

MMEA provides in-service networking and professional learning for music teachers. Join our In-Service Day in the fall and exciting two-day annual conference in February or March. Nationally, regionally and locally recognized clinicians provide sessions that focus on every level of the profession -- early childhood through university level instruction, including special learners and at all content areas -- band, chorus, general, orchestra, theory, history, technology, and world music.


The secondary music performance curriculum of each district is assessed at the district level of all school systems. Using a graded list of literature, each school band, chorus and orchestra in the state is adjudicated by a panel of three performance adjudicators as well as a sight-reading adjudicator. Ensembles that qualify through the district events are invited to the State Band, Choral and Orchestra Festivals. During the spring, Orchestras, Bands and Choruses perform in these festivals, with nearly 10,000 students participating.

MMEA Strategic Plan

The Maryland Music Educators Association Strategic Plan has been in existence since 1997. It serves as the foundation for the mission and direction of MMEA’s activities. It is updated approximately every five years.  The period for updating the Strategic Plan is coming up, as the last plan was published in 2013.  MMEA will be seeking input from members for the new update.


  • Paul Dembowski, MMEA President

  • Mariama Boney, LMSW, CAE, MMEA Executive Director