Leadership Summit

Join us on Monday, July 15 through Tuesday, July 16 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Reading, PA, for a transformative experience that will enhance your music education leadership skills. We are thrilled to introduce our new summer event, the PMEA Leadership Summit.

This event replaces our traditional Summer Conference, taking a new direction with sessions focused on honing your leadership abilities in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) and your profession at large. *Please note that PMEA membership is required to attend the Leadership Summit.

The Venue

We are hosting this exciting event at the Doubletree by Hilton, in Reading, PA. Its comfortable and conducive environment makes it the perfect venue for this event. You can look forward to an enlightening experience in a place that values your comfort and convenience.

PMEA has a room block available at the DoubleTree Hotel at the group rate of $139 per night, plus tax. Deadline to reserve a room at the group rate is June 28, or until the block is full.

The Guest Speaker: Matthew Arau

At the heart of this event is our guest speaker, Matthew Arau. Matthew is the Associate Professor of Music Education and Associate Director of Bands at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. With his experience in music education, Arau will provide invaluable insights and practical tools that can help you become a more effective leader in your field.

Matthew Arau is not just a renowned music educator; he is also an influential author. His book, Upbeat! Mindset, Mindfulness, and Leadership in Music Education and Beyond, provides insightful guidance for music educators seeking to develop a positive mindset and enhance their leadership skills. Arau’s experience and knowledge in music education and leadership make him an invaluable resource for this summit.

Leadership Development

Leadership is a crucial element in music education, and we believe that every music educator can benefit from enhancing their leadership skills. The PMEA Leadership will be geared towards empowering you to be a more effective leader, both within the PMEA and in your professional life in general. Whether you’re a seasoned music educator or just starting your career, this event is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to lead effectively.


Event Schedule

The Leadership Summit will begin Monday, July 15 at 10 a.m. and will conclude around Noon on Tuesday, July 16 with the option to participate in PMEA’s Annual Day of Service in the afternoon (concluding around 4 p.m.) A complete schedule will be posted soon. *Approximately 5 hours of Act 48 credit will be available through participation in this event.