September 2020

From the KMEA Mentoring Network

Janelle Brower, Holly Taylor and Lynn Unruh, State Co-Chairs
Big picture

Mentoring Hangout, Saturday, September 26, 10:30-11:30ish. Theme: "Sloppy Sweatshirt Saturday".

Come as you are! Hangout starts at 10:30. We will breakout into rooms by content: Band, Choir, Orchestra, General Music.

Meeting ID: 984 4213 5407

Passcode: adventure

Click HERE to share some questions in advance. Bring a friend!!

Register for the KMEA Mentoring Conference | October 24, 2020 | 9:30 am-3:30 pm

2020 KMEA Mentoring Conference

Saturday, October 24, 2020

9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Designed for first, second and third year music educators,

collegiate seniors, and veteran music educators.

REGISTER HERE by Thursday, October 22. (Free)

Join or renew your NAfME Membership

Did you know that first-year teachers who have been a member of C-NAfME may join NAfME/KMEA for $60

Join or renew your NAfME/KMEA membership HERE.

August Mentoring Hangout Follow Up

It was great to see everyone at the August Hangout. We had wonderful discussion, raised and answered questions and made new friends. Shoutout to mentors Bill Schick, Jamie Rogers, Jason Sickel, Anne Neal and Erik Stone for sharing their expertise.

Mentoring Calendar

All Zoom links will be emailed by District Mentor Chairs

Fall District Mentoring Meetings for Beginning Music Educators

  • East Central District: September 8 via Zoom, 5:30 pm. Fall Business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Northeast District: September 14 via Zoom, 6:00 pm. Fall Business meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.
  • Southeast District: August 1, Arma High School, 7:00 p.m. Connections were made and a great time was had by all!!
  • North Central District: August 26 via Zoom, Downbeat Meeting. 5:30 PM social, 5:45 PM Business Meeting.
  • South Central District: September 21, 4:30-5:30, via Zoom.
  • Northwest District: September 19, via Zoom, 10:30-11:30 am and October 18, in person, 3 pm with dinner, Phillipsburg.
  • Southwest District: October 6, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, via Zoom.


Your success is important to us and we are here to help you in whatever way we can. Please feel free to contact your District Mentoring Chair, State Mentoring Chairs or KMEA leadership with questions, concerns and ideas.

ECKMEA: Jason Sickel
NEKMEA: Anne Neal
NCKMEA: Jamie Rogers
NWKMEA: Bill Schick
SCKMEA: Gretchen Bixler and Ron Chronister
SEKMEA: Mary Jo Harper
SWKMEA: Shara Bane

State Co-Chairs: Janelle Brower, Holly Taylor and Lynn Unruh


Stay up-to-date with all KMEA and KSHSAA events and deadlines with the helpful links below:

Check out the KMEA State Calendar HERE.

Check out the KSHSAA music page HERE.

Check out KMEA District dates and deadlines for your District KMEA below:

East Central District

Northeast District

Southeast District

North Central District

South Central District

Northwest District

Southwest District

Instructional ideas for Fall

Welcome to the classroom, whether it is in a face-to-face, digital or hybrid format! Let the learning begin!

We know you and your students want the experience to be comfortable, efficient and enjoyable. The following topics are important for getting school started and these links may provide insights you had not considered.


Influencing At-Risk Students Through Routine and Procedure (great points for all students)

Three Easy Steps to Classroom Discipline

*Be sure your direct supervisor and building principal are aware of and have approved your classroom management system*


Lesson Planning for a Year of Uncertainty


Classroom Strategies

How Many Teaching and Learning Strategies are in Your Bag?


Tips for New Music Teachers


MANY subject-specific groups are available on FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter. Several groups have members who offer FREE RESOURCES!

Don't forget - the August Mentoring Minute includes the resources that were shared at the Summer Mentoring Conference. They will be helpful throughout the year. Here is the LINK.

District Mentoring Chairs are here for questions, concerns, help/ideas on a specific topic and other forms of support. We will address your need in a manner that is comfortable for you!


Please help us find our new Kansas Music Educators. We want to make sure that they are are aware of all of the support the KMEA Mentoring Network has to offer. If you are aware of a first or second year teacher or student teacher who is new to Kansas, please share their information HERE.