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WYOMING WINDSONG - JANUARY 2016 - NEWS-IN-BREIF

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LET'S GET TOGETHER IN CHEYENNE!!

2016 WYOMING STATE MUSIC CONFERENCE

If you haven't already registered - not to worry - online registration is still available through today, January 5th.


OR register at Cheyenne South High School beginning Sunday, January 17, 2:00-6:00 PM and again Monday January 18, 7:00-9:00 AM.


You won't want to miss what this year's conference has to offer!


Professional development sessions include best practices in band, choir and orchestra, technology, professional growth, teaching strategies, music repertoire, curriculum and much more.

THE CONFERENCE IS ON GUIDEBOOK!

It's simple … download the GUIDEBOOK app on your smart device. Use the Guidebook scanner to capture the QR image and open the Guide! The 2016 Guide will be available January 8th.


You will receive a printed AT-A-GLANCE schedule at the conference, but now you can plan ahead! Use the personal schedule and to-do lists to create your own conference plan. And don't forget to sign in as an attendee!

2016 ALL-STATE

Each year WMEA invites nationally and internationally recognized conductors to lead our All-State Band, Orchestra and Choir. Our student musicians and teachers benefit from their expertise in both rehearsal and performance. Be sure to observe some rehearsals while at the conference and don't miss the Gala Concert on Tuesday, January 19, at 7:00 PM, Cheyenne Civic Center.


The Gala Concert is included in the conference registration fee.

For other concert goers, the ticket price is $5/adult and $4/student.

Remind your All-State participants - commemorative Recordings, Photos, Plaques and T-Shirts are available for purchase at All-State.

MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

Music In Our Schools Month or “MIOSM” is NAfME’s annual celebration for the month of March. MIOSM engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.


Music In Our Schools Month began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York in 1973 and grew over the decades to become a month-long celebration of school music in 1985.

Start planning your activities today. Visit NAfME's MIOSM page for more ideas.

WHAT'S NEW from NAfME

NAfME offers a wealth of information, advocacy resources, articles and discussions through its website. Here are some of the latest from our national organization.


Keeping the Boys Singing: How You Can Make a Difference

By Doreen Fryling (via NAfME)
We all know that keeping a critical mass of boys in a choral program remains a yearly stress in most schools. What I’d like to to offer is a simple framework for approaching your work with the boy’s changing voice. I’ve learned that even small changes in how you view working with boys can make a huge difference, regardless of your unique school environment. More



Why Scheduling More Performances Will Save Your Child's Musical Life (And Your Music Program)
By Tony Mazzocchi (via NAfME)
We are a few months into a new school year. Has your child had a performance yet? When students open their instrument case for the first time, they are excited to begin their musical journey. They also want to become good at playing their instrument. But it doesn’t take long for most students to realize that creating beautiful sounds on an instrument isn’t as easy as it looks — and it’s going to take some time and hard work to get where they want to be. More