AMEA December Newsletter

BREAKING NATIONAL NEWS FROM NAFME

After passing in the Senate and most recently the House, this week President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replacing No Child Left Behind. This legislation is significant for music education as music is named a well-rounded subject. Click the link below for an in-depth analysis, provided by NAfME, of how this legislation impacts music education.

AMEA IN-SERVICE CONFERENCE

Don't miss this excellent opportunity! The AMEA conference will be held on January 29 -30 at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa (200 Centennial Way Mesa, AZ 85201). More information on conference registration can be found on this link.


Conference offerings have changed slightly since last month. Please click on the links below to access the 2016 AMEA CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:


FRIDAY SCHEDULE


SATURDAY SCHEDULE

AMEA HALL OF FAME AWARDS

Please help honor our outstanding AZ Music Educators at this year's conference by submitting a nomination for the MUSIC EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR. Nomination forms are available on the AMEA website and take only a few short minutes.

Congratulations to George Hattendorf, NFHS Section 7 Music Educator of the Year

Congratulations to George Hattendorf, Band Director at Mountain Ridge High School, who was recently honored as the NFHS Section 7 Music Educator of the Year. The National Federation of State High School Associations recognition of high school or college band, choral or orchestral directors, supervisors and adjudicators is awarded to individuals whose contributions have impacted high school activities programs. Nominees must exemplify the highest standards of ethical conduct, carry the endorsement of their respective state high school association and demonstrate significant and /or long-term contributions to interscholastic high school music activities. Congratulations to George for this outstanding achievement!

DECEMBER MUSIC EDUCATORS JOURNAL

Did you know that your NAfME membership includes free access to the Music Educators Journal on the nafme.org website? Click HERE to access the December MEJ featuring these outstanding articles:


Arizona's own Evan Tobias has an informative article featured in this month's journal on ENACTING PROJECT-BASED LEARNING IN MUSIC PROGRAMS


Do you need more information on COPYRIGHT LAWS? An article outlining copyright use in the classroom is also available in this month's journal.

AZSGM STUDENT COMPOSITION FESTIVAL

The 3rd annual AzSGM Student Composition Festival is currently underway!! If you know of a young composer, encourage them to submit a piece. Please contact Donna Janowski at donna.janowski@gmail.com for more information.

Anneka Bergstrand

AzSGM President

ABODA Spotlight on Success from ABODA President Bill Humbert

Here are some of our awesome highlights happening around our state. The fall is winding down and marching band season has been completed. Congratulations to all of the bands that participated in the many ABODA sanctioned events. More bands, more kids, more music…it is a good thing. Congratulations to our State Marching Contest Champions: Division 1 Desert Vista HS, Division 2 Mesa High School, and Division 3 Mesquite High School. It was a great fall with many fine performances from all over our state.


You should attend the AMEA In-Service Conference. The ABODA Board has planned as great weekend for you. Here are some of the highlights:


  • National Speakers and Clinicians: Soon Hee Newbold will be doing a number of sessions related to string pedagogy, composing and arranging.
  • Randall Standridge will be speaking on many topics that include; Practical Solutions for the Marching Band, Developing the Superior Small Band, and Simple Solutions with Finale for the music teacher.
  • Additionally, many of our local music educators are also involved in presenting sessions:
  • Danny Schmidt and Dave Kuhns will continue their discussions on preparing and performing a march
  • Chuck Hulihan on the foundations of teaching guitar (great for band and choir directors who reach guitar as a part of their schedule)
  • Nathan Johnston on Low Brass Techniques
  • Diane Greiser talking strings and the foundations of teaching, as well as,
  • sessions by Jenn Bock and her Poston Jr. High School students
  • Dan Swaim talking about string basses, and many more.
It will be a great weekend of learning, recharging your battery, and hanging out with colleagues. I hope to see you there!


Bill Humbert

ABODA President

Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble featured at this year's conference

The Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Michael Wilson will be performing at the in-service conference on Saturday, January 30, opening with “Dance of the Jesters” by Tschaikovsky and then doing an incredible piece just transcribed for wind ensemble by Dave Duarte. It’s called the Butterfly Lovers Concerto and it will feature Xiaolin Li as violin soloist. She’s an amazing player and this piece is absolutely gorgeous. We’ll also play “Sonoran Desert Holiday” by Ron Nelson and Saint-Saen’s “Pas Redouble”. George Hattendorf transcribed Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” for wind ensemble and tenor soloist and we will feature ASU doctoral student Andrew Peck on this work. A little something for everyone.

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UPCOMING AMEA REGISTRATION DEADLINES

ABODA Deadlines

  • All-State Jazz Band Participation Registration 12/18

ACE Deadlines

  • none currently

AMEA ELEM / JUNIOR HIGH Deadlines

  • Elem School / Junior High All-State Band Participation Registration 1/15
  • Elem School / Junior High Solo & Ensemble Registration 1/15
  • Northern AZ Middle School Regional Auditions 1/15
  • Pageant of Bands Registration 1/22

AMEA HIGH SCHOOL Deadlines

  • High School Solo & Ensemble Festival Tier 2 Participation 1/15