Conductor's baton on sheet music

Collegiate Student & New Teacher Academy Information


The Academy takes place on Tuesday, July 20 and includes sessions on diverse topics from several master Missouri teachers. Lunch is also provided and will be attended by several master teachers to continue the discussions of the day. Tuesday lunch is complimentary;  just sign up through the registration form.   


Contact Vicky Scott ( if you have any questions.


Sessions include:


We Survived. So Can You!

Early career teachers will serve as resource experts in this panel discussion of how to survive and thrive in the first year of teaching.


Student Conducting Master Class

Select students will have opportunity to improve and refine their conducting techniques in this master class setting. All are welcome and encouraged to observe, participate, and learn from our expert Missouri choral conductors.


That's So Beautiful! Aesthetic Expression in the Elementary Music Classroom

This session will focus on strategies to promote aesthetic expression in our young musicians in the elementary music classroom.


So, Tell Us About Yourself…

Participants will observe a simulated job interview and have opportunity to participate in a mock interview in order to prepare the the job search process.


New Beginnings...How to Establish a Student Chapter of MCDA on YOUR College Campus

Student leaders from Northwest Missouri State University will guide us through the steps of starting and maintaining a successful student MCDA organization.


I Got the Job!  Now What???

This session will focus on the critical tasks needed to ensure success in the first day, first week, first month, during that all important first year.


What is ACDA?  Watch this short video for all the answers.


Student Membership

Cost: $35.00  You may renew here:  

If you are a joining ACDA for the first time as student member then you may join for just $5 through the Student Initiative Program.  The link above will direct you through the steps.  If it doesn't show as a $5 payment only, please contact


Tresa Jo Wilson Memorial Scholarship


Please click here for information regarding the Tresa Jo Wilson Scholarship

(Deadline is JUNE 15, 2021)

This scholarship commemorates the legacy of music education left by Tresa Jo Wilson. During her 37 year career, she taught music students from kindergarten to university level in Indiana and Missouri. Her students learned a love of music through dedication and expression. This $1500 ​scholarship endeavors to continue her influence on music education by supporting current students in their junior or senior year who are seeking that career path.