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Presenting at this year’s Modern Band Summit

As a modern band educator, you have so much experience and expertise to share with your peers, so we invite you to submit a proposal for a breakout, poster, and/or jam session at this summer’s conference. All presenters will receive stipends for their participation.

Each year, we have a content focus. While we accept submissions across all content areas, we encourage presenters to tie their presentation to the focus. This year’s Modern Band Summit theme is Music Ecosystems: Leveraging Human Connections in the Age of Technology. We would love submissions focused on connecting with our communities, collaborating with others, and how we can use tools such as AI and other technology to expand access to meaningful music making for more people.

Come meet fellow educators, see guest artist presentations, jam with your peers, and experience the only conference dedicated to modern band education! Submit your application below.

Modern Band Summit Presenter Application

If you're interested in presenting at Modern Band Summit 2022, please fill out the form below to let us know what you would like to propose for your session. Make sure to read the application thoroughly as the form has been revised this year!


You can choose to either present a breakout session, a poster presentation, or both.


  • Breakout Session - Lead a 90-minute music making lesson. Sessions must be interactive, with over 65% of the time devoted to music making. All first time Modern Band Summit presenters are required to submit a 3-5 minute video demonstration of a portion your presentation. You'll be prompted to submit this at the end of this form.

  • Poster Session - Present alongside 20-30 other poster presenters in a 90 minute open floor format. Attendees will have the opportunity to have direct contact and experience your amazing classroom perspectives as demonstrated on your poster board. Although called a 'poster session,' the concept is for you to also have specific materials for passing out and the ability to have a hands-on approach with fellow Little Kids Rock teachers.

Content Focus

While we welcome submissions from any modern band topic, this year we are especially looking for instruction for the following content areas:

  • Technology

  • Special Education

  • Keyboard

  • Vocals

  • Hip-Hop

  • Latin Music (i.e. Rock en Español, Mariachi, Corrido, Banda, etc.)

  • Intermediate & Advanced Modern Band


Presenter Stipend Information
All presenters at Modern Band Summit receive a stipend to offset their travel costs. See the chart below to find out which stipend level applies to you.
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Presenters should submit by February 15, 2020. We’ll let you know by March 20, 2020 whether your session has been selected for inclusion at Modern Band Summit.
If accepted, you agree to register for the conference by April 15 or forfeit your presentation slot.  Registration opens February 12.

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Modern Band Summit Presenter Application

If you're interested in presenting at Modern Band Summit 2023, please fill out the form below to let us know what you would like to propose for your session. Make sure to read the application thoroughly as the form has been revised this year!


Educators who are accepted to present will lead one or both of the following:

  • Breakout Session—a 90-minute music-making lesson or activity

  • Poster Session—A booth centered around a poster or other display. Attendees can stop by and discuss the presentation with you at their leisure.


Breakout Sessions must be interactive, with more than 65% of the time devoted to music-making or activities. All first-time Modern Band Summit breakout presenters are highly encouraged to submit a 3-5 minute video demonstration of a portion of your presentation. You'll be prompted to submit this at the end of this form. 

Note: In addition to the in-person audience, all presentations at MBS 2022 will be considered for live-streaming to virtual attendees. We will provide guidance in the coming months on how to tailor your presentation to both audiences at once.


Presenters will receive a stipend to offset travel, lodging, and registration costs, according to the following schedule:


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While we welcome submissions from any modern band topic, this year we are especially looking for sessions that focus on the following:

  • Music Technology

  • Student Equity and Cultural Inclusion in the Music Classroom

  • Lessons Learned: How has your teaching changed following virtual learning?

  • Honoring Student Culture: Proactive vs. Reactive

  • Entering a changed educational/student landscape

Presenters should submit their application by March 24, 2022.

Modern Band Summit 2024

Modern Band Summit Presenter Application

If you're interested in presenting at Modern Band Summit 2024, please fill out the form below to let us know what you would like to propose for your session. Make sure to read the application thoroughly as the form has been revised this year!


Educators who are accepted to present will lead one or both of the following:

  • Breakout Session - a 90-minute music-making lesson or activity

  • Poster Session - A booth centered around a poster or other display. Attendees can stop by and discuss the presentation with you at their leisure.

  • Jam Session - A facilitated 90 minute music making session with primary emphasis on 100% musical participation.


Breakout Sessions must be interactive, with more than 65% of the time devoted to music-making or activities. All first-time Modern Band Summit breakout presenters are highly encouraged to submit a 3-5 minute video demonstration of a portion of your presentation. You'll be prompted to submit this at the end of this form.  Content Focus Each year, we have a content focus. While we accept submissions from across all areas, we encourage presenters to tie their presentation to the focus. This year's Summit content focus is: Music Ecosystems: Leveraging Human Connections in the Age of Technology.


Presenters should submit their application by February 11, 2024.











Application Proposal

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Session Specifics


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Equipment

Every room will come equipped with a projector, screen, audio speakers, and a full instrument backline (Guitar, Bass, Amps, Keyboard, Drums, PA System/Mics). If you require additional instrumentation for your session, please outline your needs below (in detail with instrument types and quantities). Please understand that individual instrument requests will be made available if possible but are in no way guaranteed.

Increased gear needs may determine acceptance or denial of sessions. We will do our best to accommodate your requests, but please explain what you need to run your session effectively versus what you would like to have if available.








Video Submission
First time Modern Band Summit breakout presenters are highly encouraged to submit a 3-5 minute video to be considered at this year's conference. This video should highlight your presenting style rather than content

How to share your video:
  • Create a YouTube Account (or use an existing one)
  • Upload your video to your Youtube Channel (Select "Unlisted" when uploading).
  • Copy and Paste the Link in the field below!

If you need help with your video submission, please contact Spencer at [email protected] or call (973) 746-7078.



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Poster Specifics


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Demographics
(Optional) Music Will is committed to increasing our efforts to bring presenters to our conference that belong to identity groups that are less often given a platform in the field of music education. To improve our efforts in recruiting a larger spectrum of representation at this year's Modern Band Summit and beyond, we welcome you to voluntarily share any of your demographic and identity information. This information will not be shared outside of Music Will or for reasons other than stated above.







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Barbara “Bobbie” G.

Teacher – Watsonville, CA

"I am always blown away by the high-quality professional development opportunities provided at the Summit. I feel supported and empowered in so many ways. I am proud to be a part of this community.”

Emmeline M.

Teacher – Surrey, British Columbia

“I learned motivating, engaging strategies for composition, improvisation, speech, and rap that I will utilize in the classroom immediately when students return in the fall. Thank you!”

Heidi F.

Teacher – Chicago, IL

“Modern band truly changed my life. I know that sounds crazy, but it did! I was burned out and I was losing my passion for teaching. I attended the 101 workshop with a few of my colleagues and I found my passion again! Thank you a million times over!”

Jennifer G.

Teacher – Longmont, CO

“The Modern Band Summit is by far the best professional development I have and likely ever will receive. It's so much more than just the conference and the sessions. It's the community, the events, the way the staff is connected and involved, and so much more.”

Nicole G.

Teacher – Falls Church, VA

"This was my first Modern Band Summit professional development event. I cannot wait to get started with my young musicians to begin teaching all the amazing things I've learned. Thank you all for this amazing experience. Your energy and enthusiasm was through the roof!"

Nadine B.

Teacher – Machias, ME