Arizona Music News

A Publication of the Arizona Music Educators Association

October 2020

2021 AMEA Conference is Going Online!

If you haven't heard yet, the 2021 AMEA Conference will be held ONLINE on January 29 and 30, 2021. The theme of the conference will be "Connecting through Music." We have a wide variety of sessions planned, including keynotes by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and Elisa Janson Jones. Some of our other amazing presenters include Robert Sheldon, Bob Phillips, Denise Gagne, Andy Beck, and Cody Miller. There will also be opportunities to visit vendors through our virtual exhibition hall, as well as "Happy Hours" at the end of each day, hosted by our constituent organizations so you can still meet up with your colleagues. It's going to be a blast, so don't miss it! Cost for the conference is $80 for regular registration, and $40 for collegiate/retired registration. What a deal! More detailed information will be provided in the November issue of Arizona Music News.

Regional Auditions Going Online

Regional Auditions will be held online using a virtual process for this year, and will be held on the usual date in January. Music teachers must register their students, regardless of their learning location. Remote and in-person students are eligible, including your students who have elected to receive all of their instruction through your district online school. Remember to update your AMEA membership to get the regular registration pricing.

Solo and Ensemble Festival Going Online

This school year, we will only be offering Tier 1 of the State High School Solo and Ensemble Festival. IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT THE SOLO AND ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD ONLINE THIS YEAR. The date will be Saturday, January 16, 2021. There will not be a Tier 2 this school year. More info to come soon.

AMEA Hall of Fame Awards Nominations - Due December 14

YOU have the opportunity to nominate someone who is well deserving of recognition for a job well done. Take a moment and click on the links below to review the application for each award. We should never pass up the opportunity to say "Great Job" to someone in the education field! Let's celebrate Arizona's music educators and advocates!

Winners of the awards this year will be recognized online during the lunch break of the AMEA Conference on Friday, January 29.

AMEA Music Educator of the Year Award - requires two recommendation letters

O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Music Award - requires two recommendation letters

George C. Wilson Leadership/Service Award - requires one recommendation letter

Raymond C. Van Diest Music Advocacy Award - requires one recommendation letter

Outstanding Administrator Award - requires one recommendation letter

William E. Richardson Retired Member Service Award - requires support info on the application

Thank you for all you do for music, for children, and for each other. Contributed by Karalee Hagen.

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GFAtv was created in September, 2020 as a free, high-quality resource to support school guitar teachers and students. GFAtv’s Foundations is a weekly series for beginning classroom guitar programs, and Revolutions is a weekly series for intermediate and advanced classroom guitar programs.

Each episode of Foundations and Revolutions contains four brief segments that total to about 30 minutes. The content of the lessons is based on a high-quality, educational approach focused on classical technique, but is applicable to all styles of guitar taught in programs across the country. GFAtv aims to support the work that classroom teachers are doing, giving teachers reinforcement for their daily work, sprinkled with new ideas that aren’t easily covered in a classroom setting with the numerous other learning outcomes that must be met.

The content in GFAtv videos was designed drawing from the GFA Mastery List of Skills, NAfME Music Standards, NAfME Guitar Best Practices, and National Core Arts Standards, as sources of performance objectives and competencies as well as the underlying instructional lens and approach to student learning.

For the most advanced students, Global Vision focuses on a different topic each month, such as health and wellness, repertoire, technique, artist interviews, and more. Foundations and Revolutions episodes are released every Monday morning during the academic year on the GFA YouTube channel and Global Vision episodes are released on the first Friday of each month.

The Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is the nation’s leading guitar organization, dedicated to promoting the guitar internationally through performance, research, literature, and education.

Most Recent Episodes:

FOUNDATIONS Episode 4 covers everything from sight-reading to left hand finger independence, guitar gear, and strumming.

In Revolutions Episode 4, you’ll hear about healthy sitting position, left and right hand technique, and improvisation.

Contributed by Chuck Hulihan.

Important Deadlines


  • AMEA So AZ ES/JH Honor Band Nomination Registration - (gr 5-8)
  • AMEA So AZ ES/JH Honor Orch Nomination Registration - (gr 5-8)


  • ABODA All-State Jazz Band Live Auditions
  • AMEA HS S & E Festival Registration - (Tier 1 Live)


  • AMEA 7th/8th Grade AS Band Audition Registration On AMEA Website
  • AMEA ES/JH AS 6th Grade Band Nomination Registration
  • AMEA ES/JH AS Orchestra Nomination Registration
  • AMEA ES/JH AS Treble/Mixed Choir Nomination Registration


  • AMEA Regional Audition Registration 11/27/2020

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