General Information

Q: When and where is the AMEA Professional Development Conference

January 20-22, 2022 (Thursday through Saturday) at the Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) in Birmingham, Alabama.

Q: Who should attend the AMEA Professional Development Conference?

This conference is intended to fuel your passion and increase the volume of your music teaching knowledge! Band directors, choir directors, elementary educators, general music specialists, string music teachers, music program leaders, administrators, classroom educators,  collegiate students, college professors, and private studio teachers will benefit from over 90 sessions and performances. All attendees will learn new skills and techniques that they can use immediately upon returning to the classroom. We are balancing intensive learning with special events that will recharge your battery!

Family and friends are welcome also! There are dozens of activities in and around Birmingham that will keep your guests busy and happy!

Q: Why should I attend?

You will be surrounded by attendees from across the state who share your passion for music education. We have also created a professional development line-up that is the best of the best of clinicians and specialists from all interest areas. If networking, learning, and being inspired are important to you – you cannot miss this!

Q: What can I do in my free time in Birmingham?

Find out what Birmingham has to offer!

Q: I have high school students interested in pursuing careers in music education.  Is there anything for them at the conference?

Yes!  The FAME (Future Alabama Music Educator) program includes many important topics for students considering a career as a music educator. AMEA provides a $1000 scholarship opportunity to a FAME participant who plans to major in music education at an Alabama college or university. Learn more!

Registration Information

Q: What are the registration fees; are there any discounts?

All registration rates are listed on the registration pages. Save by pre-registering by January 14, 2022.  Don’t wait!   Retired members receive complimentary registration.

Q: What does my registration fee include?

Conference registration includes access to more than 90 Professional Development sessions and performances, General Sessions, Keynote,  conference exhibits, social events, and much more!

Q: Where and when is registration?

Everyone should pre-register on the registration page. Before registering, take a moment to renew your membership with NAfME and AMEA.

Q: What is the registration cancellation/refund policy?

You can cancel your registration and receive a full refund up to 2 weeks prior to the conference.

 Q: Do I need to be a NAfME/AMEA member to register?

Yes, you’ll need to provide your NAfME membership number to register. Members may register a guest who is not a music educator.  Non-members may register for an additional fee.  Visit to join or renew.

Session Information

Q: What content is covered in the sessions? Who is presenting? When are the sessions?

The entire conference can be previewed online! Stay tuned for more information!

Q: What materials should I bring?

Yourself and a thirst for knowledge! If special materials are needed for a session, that information will be provided in the session description in the conference program.

Q: What is the dress code for the meeting?

We want you to relax and be comfortable while participating – so whatever you are comfortable in is what you should wear! (Within reason, of course)


Q: When should I arrive and depart from the AMEA Professional Development Conference?

We suggest attendees arrive by 7:00 pm on Wednesday and check in to the conference. Then take Thursday to take in sessions, the exhibit hall grand opening, and performances, which start early Thursday. All events will be finished around noon on Saturday.

Q: Where do I make my hotel reservation?

The AMEA Conference will be at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama.  We have a special rate for conference attendees at the convention hotel.  Reserve your room at the conference rate as soon as possible through this link. This will be available until these rooms are sold out and then will be booked in the Westin, also in the BJCC. The deadline to reserve a room in the AMEA block is December 29, 2021


Q: Does the facility offer complimentary Wi-Fi?

If you are a guest at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, access is included. It will work in your guest room, public areas, and in meeting rooms.