As a Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Approved Professional Development Provider, ILMEA offers professional development hours for educators who attend ILMEA sponsored events. ILMEA offers ISBE Professional Development Hours for a number of other organizations and institutions who provide quality professional learning experiences for music educators. Subcontractors for ILMEA professional development in the 2018-2019 school year have included: 

  • Conn-Selmer Institute



  • St. Viator- Remixing General Music Conference

  • Little Kids Rock (ongoing)

  • NAfME Academy (ongoing)

Whenever you attend PD events, always confirm that they are offering ISBE professional development from a state-approved provider.  To view the full list of approved providers, please follow the link here.

Upcoming Music PD Opportunities

Looking for high-quality music education PD? Find out about in-person and online learning opportunities!

Bring Music PD to your school

Do you have an upcoming PD day? Contact us for content-specific professional development ready to bring to your school, district or ROE.

Bridge Mentorship Program

Take advantage of this unique, online opportunity for first-year music educators to partner with mentor educators.

NAfME Academy

ILMEA is excited to provide professional development for completed online NAfME Academy courses. To receive credit, please email the certificate you receive from NAfME upon session completion to You must also complete the evaluation here for each of the NAfME sessions you complete. An official ISBE completion form will be created and sent to you to also record in your ELIS account.

ISBE Updates

Have questions about licensure or renewal? ILMEA is here to help you navigate and understand licensure through the Illinois School Board of Education (ISBE).

Illinois Music Learning Standards

For the first time in 20 years, Illinois has new music standards.  Please view the state music learning standards for Illinois. ILMEA is proud to have had representatives serve on the committee to develop these standards.