Conference Registration

Registration is now closed for the 2021 75th Annual WVMEA In-Service Virtual Conference.

This year, our Conference will be held virtually and sessions/presentations will be accessible online beginning March 15, 2021 through April 15, 2021. There will be a special conference YouTube channel where registrants will access session videos. (Information will be provided prior to conference dates on how to view videos from locations where school wi-fi is being used and YouTube is blocked.)

There's no fee to register this year but all registrants must be current WVMEA members at the time of registration and during the conference dates. Membership will be verified at the time of registration. Questions about NAfME membership may be directed to Join or renew your membership at

The three (3) credit hour WVU Professional Development Class for teachers virtually attending the 2021 WVMEA Conference will still be offered this year. Click here for more information. ($20 processing fee applies at registration.)

We hope this new virtual experience will Open Doors for more members by eliminating travel costs and allowing members to "attend" more sessions.

Questions about registration may be directed to


Current WVMEA members who registered for the conference will receive an email with links to the video sessions listed below.  Sessions below are current as of March 4, 2021.  For questions or technical difficulties, please contact

Click on RED links below to download session handouts.
WVMEA President - Keith Jackson
WVMEA President-Elect - Bobby Jenks
WVMEA Immediate Past President & Advocacy Chair - Andi Hasley
Jazz Pianist Eric Reed Q&A - Eric Reed & Neil King
Where to Begin? Advocacy - Not Just for Politicians - Andi Hasley
Top Ten Cello Teaching Tips - Dr. Erin Ellis & Dr. Lisa Caravan
Social Emotional Learning and COVID-19 in the Music Classroom - Sandra Fox & Andrea Sullivan
Self-Care Strategies For Teachers - Sandra Fox & Andrea Sullivan - handout
Tips and Tricks for Teaching Piano in Groups - Dr. Jacob Womack
Seven Habits of Highly Effective Music Teachers - Dr. Scott Hippensteel
Rethink, Rediscover, Refuel: Abandoning the Cliché of Educational Music and Bringing Inspiration Back to the Podium - Brian Balmages

Developing a Beginning Band and String Method: Lessons Learned About Teaching Young Instrumentalists - Brian Balmages

Q&A with Brian Balmages - Brian Balmages
Drumming in the Elementary Music Classroom - Sarah Hann
Upgrade Your Remote Teaching on a Budget - Kristi Holstein - handout
Popular Music in the General Music Classroom - Dr. Austin Showen - handout
Musical Engagement Through Community Involvement - Dr. Adam Dalton & Dr. Briana Nannen
Teaching Text and Diction - Dr. Kym Scott
Maintaining Culture through Crisis - Scott Glysson
Educating the Crossover Musician: An Approach to Classical and Jazz Style - Dr. Robert Sears
West Virginia Elementary All-State Choir: Endless Possibilities! - Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer
3 Simple Software Solutions to Help Administrate Your Program and Get You Back to the Podium, Part 2 - Seth Bell
The Interview Like You've Never Seen It Before - Dr. Keith Jackson & Dr. Sandra Schwartz

Accessing Videos with MyVRSpot

WVMEA's Andi Hasley demonstrates in this video how she uses to upload and organize YouTube links to watch now or save for later on her school computer. a workaround for teachers who have website restrictions in their counties and are unable to access YouTube videos in their school settings.


Brian Balmages
Brian Balmages is an award-winning composer and conductor whose music has been performed throughout the world with commissions ranging from elementary schools to professional orchestras. As a conductor, Mr. Balmages enjoys regular engagements with all-state and region bands and orchestras, as well as university and professional ensembles throughout the world. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from James Madison University and his master’s degree from the University of Miami in Florida. Currently, he is Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company and Assistant Director of Bands and Orchestras at Towson University.
Seth Bell
Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer
Dr. Lisa Caravan
Dr. Adam Dalton
Dr. Erin Ellis
Sandra Fox
Scott Glysson
Sarah Hann
Andi Hasley
Dr. Scott Hippensteel
Kristi Holstein
Dr. Keith Jackson
Dr. Briana Nannen
Eric Reed
Dr. Sandra Schwartz
Dr. Kym Scott
Dr. Robert Sears
Dr. Austin Showen
Andrea Sullivan
Dr. Jacob Womack

Conference Overview

The annual WVMEA In-Service Conference is held in the spring of each year. It encompasses every segment of the organization and has emerged as a major in-service activity for all teachers, as well as providing unique performance opportunities for gifted students. In addition to workshop sessions on all levels of music instruction from kindergarten through college, several inspiring concert hours are held to spotlight the top honors performing organizations in the state, including honors finalists from the regional solo and ensemble festivals.

The gala finale of the In-Service Conference traditionally has been the performances of the All-State Band, Orchestra, and Chorus, usually under the direction of nationally known conductors. The In-Service Conference is supported by exhibitors who have displays and by the registration fee paid by members who attend. WVMEA members also have the opportunity to participate in the national and divisional NAfME in-service conferences, which are held during alternate years These meetings offer a wealth of possibilities for improved training and provide additional educational opportunities to all who attend.


2022 76th Annual WVMEA In-Service Virtual Conference March 03, 2022 08:00 am EST 159 Days 19 19 Hrs. 33 5 Mins.