The Midwest Clinic - An International Band and Orchestra Conference

Dec 17 - 20, 2014 In-person
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Why Attend


In 1946, a group of 120 music directors came together to share their knowledge of music and develop new ways to teach it. This gathering quickly grew and expanded into one of the best music conferences in the country. Expounding on the original goals of the clinic, The Midwest Clinic now exists with the following Mission: 

Raising music education standards Improving music education methods

Developing innovative teaching techniques

Assisting those interested in music education in their professional work

Delving into literature dealing with music

Holding clinics to better music education

Who Can Attend?

Anyone and everyone with a passion for music and music education is welcome. The Midwest Clinic welcomes groups and individuals from all parts of the field of music education and music industry. Public schools, private schools, colleges, universities, educators, administrators, professional music organizations and anyone looking to learn about upcoming music trends and research based educational techniques is invited to attend. The Midwest Clinic offers its guests the latest in music education and industry trends, along with unprecedented access to music and teaching icons while keeping its rates competitive enough that schools, musicians and educators from any type of financial background have the same opportunity to attend. 

With more than 17,000 attendees, 350 exhibitors, 600 booths, 40 performances, and 80 clinics, The Midwest Clinic seeks to provide educators and musicians of all skill levels with the opportunity to learn and grow in their field while also networking with other artists. The conference is held in Chicago each year but is not just for Midwest residents. Over the last six decades, guests have arrived from all 50 states as well as more than 30 countries, making each conference unique and diverse in the talent and knowledge it contains. With such a wide variety of skill level and experience, The Midwest Clinic brings together all levels of talent and expertise to guide and grow each participant. 


Teachers and administrators can learn more about uniform companies and fundraising organizations, as well as music festival, travel and competition booths. High school and Graduate students can plan for their futures by visiting the different college and university booths in the Exhibit hall and at College Night. And everyone can try out the newest instrument brands and models, discover new music publications, meet/network with music industry professionals, and learn more about the latest music software and technology.

Music Publishers

Uniform Companies

Instrument Manufacturers

Colleges and Universities

Fundraising Companies

Festivals, Travel and Competitions

Music Accessory Companies

Recording Companies


Stage Equipment Manufacturers

Music Education Journals

Software and New Technology Manufacturers and Distributors

Military Services

Performing Organizations

Music Camps

Instrumental Music Associations

Instrument Merchandise and Supplies


Why Should You Participate in the Midwest Clinic?

Visibility. The world’s largest conference for instrumental music educators provides you with the perfect showcase.

Audience. With thousands of devoted attendees eager to discover the latest music education products and information, The Midwest Clinic is the best place to meet a diverse group of educators, administrators, students, professional musicians, composers, and music industry representatives.

Networking. The Midwest Clinic provides great opportunities for exhibitors to develop relationships with customers and colleagues.

Best practices. Stay on top of trends and see what others are presenting. 

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Dec 20, 2023 Chicago, Illinois Estimated
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