The National Association for Music Education will feature the Music and Sound Expo for the first time at its 59th National Biennial In-Service Conference, set for April 14-18 at the Minneapolis Conven

The National Association for Music Education will feature the Music and Sound Expo for the first time at its 59th National Biennial In-Service Conference, set for April 14-18 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Music and Sound Expo is produced by NAMM, the International Music Products Association. NAMM holds biannual trade shows; the Winter NAMM show, held Jan. 15-18 in Anaheim, Calif., drew 74,236 registrants and 1,340 exhibitors.

For the first time, the Music and Sound Expo will be open to the public. Conference attendees will have exclusive access to the Expo on April 16 from noon to 3 p.m. The public is also invited from 3 to 8 p.m. that day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 17 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 18.

On April 16, Michael McDonald will headline the Music and Sound Expo Concert, produced by Yamaha and benefiting music-education charities.

The National Association for Music Education was founded in 1907. Its 100,000-plus membership comprises music teachers, university faculty and researchers, college students preparing to be teachers and high school honors students. Formerly known as Music Educators National Conference, the association's name was changed in 1998 to MENC: The National Association for Music Education.