Arizona Music News
A Publication of the Arizona Music Educators Association
Notes from the AMEA President
Do you need some help justifying your conference attendance to your administrator? We have prepared a letter for you to share with them when you ask to go to the conference. We hope this helps you make your case to attend the conference!
AMEA President 2019-2021
AzSGM Fall Workshop
We hope to see you all there.
John Denton, AzSGM President
Conference Session Proposals Due October 15
- Ways to improve your teaching.
- Interesting new approaches to old ideas.
- Discovering new music literature.
- And more!
- Out of the box ideas.
- Non-traditional performing groups.
- Using technology in music education.
- And more!
- Avoiding teacher burnout and stress.
- Stepping up your organizational game.
- And more!
Hall of Fame Awards Nominations - Due December 14
Now is the time to let a few of our wonderful music educators, and administrators, know how much we appreciate and admire what they do every day. It is not often that recognition is given, and we should take advantage of the opportunities that we have to do so. Who knows...perhaps someone will nominate you!
If you have received recognition in the past for your work, you know how important it is to be acknowledged. Share that appreciation for others who are equally deserving!
Click here for more information on the Awards presented during our Annual In-service Conference. If you have questions regarding the awards, please contact Karalee Hagen. Contributed by Karalee Hagen.
NAfME All-National Honor Ensemble Members from Arizona
- Darryl Leung, Alto Saxophone, Mountain Ridge High School - Aaron Vogel, teacher
- Alicia Yang, Violin, BASIS Chandler - Arash Ertefai, teacher
- Liahona Vaioleti, Tenor 2, BASIS Peoria - Dana Taylor, teacher
- Gabriel Valentin, Bass 1, North Canyon High School - Katie Kraft, teacher
- Keegan Ewan, Tenor Saxophone, McClintock High School - Tom Broccolo, teacher
- Liam Cashmore, Guitar 1, Northland Preparatory Academy - Thomas Byers, teacher
- Ryan Chen, Guitar 2, Catalina Foothills High School - Renee Shane-Boyd, teacher
Congratulations to all on your success!
AMEA Music Booster/Advocacy Group Registry
NAfME Advocacy Resource Links
- NAfME Advocacy Resource page
- NAfME Grassroots Action Center
- NAfME Advocacy Bulletin – Latest updates and commentary in advocacy and public policy.
- Everything ESSA resource page
- View past music education advocacy webinars (free professional development recognition available)
- 5 Ways to Support Your Music Program
- Concert Program Advocacy Inserts for Teachers:
- Connecting With Legislators
- Key Federal Education Members
- Public Relations 101
- Quick review of How a Bill Becomes a Law
Contributed by Karalee Hagen.
MCC/Desert Echoes Flute Project All-Arizona Flute Choir Debut
The All-Arizona Flute Choir presented its first concert last June. High School students who made their AMEA regionals or were an alternate were eligible to participate in this new opportunity sponsored by Mesa Community College and Desert Echoes Flute Project. Flutists from around the state, including Flagstaff and Yuma, gathered for rehearsals on a Friday afternoon/evening and on Saturday to prepare music for a flute orchestra/flute choir concert. It was a wonderful musical and bonding experience for everyone involved during the low flute class, rehearsals, sectionals, and dinner. They presented an hour-long concert under the direction of Jenn Bock, Kehokule’alani O’Daniell, and DEFproject Music Director and founder Christina Steffen. (See pictures below.)
A variety of music was prepared: Mozart Allegro con brio from Symphony No 25; a McLearnon piece, The Flutewise Theme, using extended techniques; Jobim’s The Girl from Ipanema gave volunteers an option to improvise; and the students were excited to play the world premiere of ‘Petrichor’ by James-Michael Sellers. Participants also had the option to borrow and play an alto or bass flute provided by MCC and DEFproject and guest artist Sam Lupe, an MCC/ASU student, played the contrabass flute.
Flute Choirs have become increasingly popular and are a part of many college and university programs with a large body of repertoire that includes compositions for flute orchestra in addition to transcriptions. Jenn, Keh, and Christina really enjoyed working with these talented young flutists who also valued the experience. The progress made from the first reading rehearsal to the concert was tremendous. A reception followed the performance to celebrate this first year and Kehokule’alani made an amazing flute cake that included the first names of all the participants! Select concert videos are being uploaded to a dedicated YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNJFWjKOadQ-U7lpHkFiAtA.
Everyone is looking forward to the 2nd Annual All-Arizona Flute Choir at the MCC Performing Arts Center on May 29 & 30, 2020. Contact Christina Steffen at AllArizonaFluteChoir@gmail.com for more information. Contributed by Christina Steffen.