Arizona Music News

A Publication of the Arizona Music Educators Association

February 2020

Thanks for a great conference!

Thank you to all who helped put together the 2020 AMEA Conference. It was a huge success! Congratulations to all who presented, performed, and exhibited on a job well done! Thanks to everyone for attending. This issue will present highlights from the AMEA Conference, including our award recipients. Thanks to Megan Bennett for being this year's conference photographer, and to everyone else who contributed pictures to the photo album!

Scott Burgener

AMEA President 2019-2021

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JENNIFER NICHOLS, 2020 AMEA Music Educator of the Year

Jenny Nichols has taught orchestra and general music with the Gilbert Public School District for 36 years. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education and Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Mrs. Nichols has been Nationally Board Certified for the last 11 years. She has been the Elementary Music Department Chair in Gilbert for 23 years. Jenny has a passion for teaching teachers and regularly mentors pre-service teachers and teachers new to Gilbert. She loves teaching at conferences and has presented sessions at AMEA, AZ-ASTA, National ASTA and the NAfME Academy. Jenny is married to the love of her life, Rob and they have four wonderful children and four grandchildren.


Has your Booster Group joined the registry yet?

AMEA is looking at creating some special events related to statewide advocacy for music education. We want your Music Booster/Advocacy groups to be the best they can be for you! The first step to this process is to collect contact information for music booster and advocacy groups across the state. Please help us by directing your boosters to the AMEA website to join our Music Booster/Advocacy Group Registry. If your school's PTO organization would like to be involved in these events, please share with them as well. Contact information will not be shared outside of AMEA.


2/7 AMEA Regional Participation Registration

2/21 ACE ES/JH Spring Choral Festival Registration

2/21 All-State Audition Registration

3/6 AMEA Northern AZ MS Band/Choir/Orch Festival Participation

3/13 ABODA State Concert Festival

3/13 ABODA State Jazz Festival Registration

3/27 ABODA/ACE All-State Participation

4/3 ABODA ES/MS State Band/Orchestra Festival

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David Waggoner, Executive Director

Scott Burgener, President