The MMEA strives to "facilitate the growth of music education in Manitoba and the professional development of its MMEA members." Its membership is composed of public and private music educators of Manitoba. The Manitoba Music Educator Newsletter was begun in 1959 and appeared annually until it ceased publication in 1974. The Manitoba Music Educator was established in 1960 and an online version was made available in 2004.
The MMEA sponsors regular provincial and regional conferences. The main organization is based in Winnipeg and there are two chapters, one regular and one student, in Brandon. The Brandon University Student Music Educators' Association began with Roberta Lamb as faculty adviser, and was officially approved in 1989. The MMEA affiliated with the Manitoba Teachers' Society in 1962 and with the CMEA in 1981 at the CMEA national convention in Winnipeg. The MMEA executive consists of 11 members elected for two-year terms. Two council meetings are held annually to assist and encourage liaison with other music-education groups.
The MMEA sponsors a variety of awards and competitions, including the Heidi Gillis Memorial Scholarship, awards for essays and musical compositions, and two scholarships to graduating students who intend to pursue their studies in music at a Manitoba college or university.
Author Updated: Alexis Luko
Koop, Ann Elizabeth. 'The history of the Manitoba Music Educators Association,' M MUS thesis, U of Western Ont 1983.
Links to Other Sites
Music Education Online
Music Education Online links music education associations across Canada.
Canadian Music Educators' Association
The website for the Canadian Music Educators' Association. See the latest news about their programs, events, and publications.
Manitoba Music Educators Association
The website for the Manitoba Music Educators Association, an organization consisting of the Manitoba Band Association, Manitoba Choral Association, Manitoba Classroom Guitar Association, Manitoba Orff Chapter, and related members. Check out the newsletters for current programs and events.