Arizona Music News
A Publication of the Arizona Music Educators Association
CONFERENCE EDITION - DECEMBER 2019
Join us for the 2020 AMEA Conference!
AMEA Conference Opportunities
AMEA and your constituent boards have been working diligently to bring you an outstanding 2020 Conference! This year's conference theme is "Investigate. Innovate. Invigorate." AMEA is excited to bring your several sessions with that theme in mind.
First and foremost, we are pleased to have Scott Rush, author of the "Habits of a Successful Musician" series of books, at the conference to provide our keynote address, entitled, "Habits of a SIGNIFICANT Music Educator." It will be an uplifting way to start the conference.
INVESTIGATE sessions include:
- Changing "Or" to "And": Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in Music Education, presented by NAfME Western Division President Sam Tsugawa
- What to Know About the AMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival, presented by Jeff Quamo
- Advancing Your Practice Through National Board Certifications, presented by Susan Collins
INNOVATE sessions include:
- Critically Responsive Hip-Hop for Students, presented by Patrick Cooper
- Passing the Mic: Giving Students the Dominant Voice in the Room, presented by Nathan Johnston
- Imagining Futures for Music Programs and Curricula, presented by Evan Tobias
INVIGORATE sessions include:
- Seven Self-Care Strategies for Avoiding Burnout, presented by Elisa Janson Jones
- Advocacy 101 for Booster Groups, presented by Stephanie Campbell, Scott Burgener, and Matthew Barusch (read more about this session below)
- Advocacy 101 for Directors, presented by Stephanie Campbell, Scott Burgener, and Matthew Barusch
We are also offering a series of GUITAR sessions, including:
- Start Strong: Language for Success for Beginning Guitar Classes, presented by Thomas Byers
- Incorporating Innovative Technological Approaches into a Hybrid Guitar Program, presented by Jonathan Vargas
- Beginning Composition and Improvisation for Guitar Classes, presented by Michael Christensen
Our Friday night performing group will once again be the US Air Force Band of the Golden West, hailing from California. Their free concert will be presented at 5:45 pm in the Palo Verde Ballroom.
Lastly, don't forget that our Friday luncheon will feature our 2020 AMEA Hall of Fame Awards presentation, including the MUSIC EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR. Please read below about our other sessions that have been organized by ABODA, ACE, AzSGM, and Collegiate. We hope to see you at the 2020 AMEA Conference!
AMEA President 2019-2021
ABODA - CONFERENCE OFFERINGS
The Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association will be offering a variety of session topics at the 2020 AMEA Conference, including all levels of Wind Band and Orchestral instruction. Unique to this year’s session list will be several demonstration groups giving attendees an eye witness approach to ensemble musicality and sound production concepts. Also unique will be the wide array of university and college instructors who will offer clinics targeting Low Strings, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Brass Pedagogy, both Marching and Concert Percussion, as well as ensemble techniques and conducting. Jazz offerings include Guitar, Rhythm Section, and Ensemble Training for young and advanced groups. Six of the finest Arizona performing groups will combine to present three concerts. New music reading sessions highlighting both wind band and orchestral literature will be presented. Sessions in String Tuning, Elementary Band, Elementary Orchestra, Selection of Performance Literature, Ensemble Sight reading and other ensemble topics will be offered. Keynote speaker Scott Rush will present a clinic to Band Directors. The 2020 AMEA Conference will provide something for all levels of music teaching. Don’t miss this chance to recharge and enhance your ability in the classroom. Submitted by Eric Haenfler.
ADVOCACY 101 FOR BOOSTER GROUPS - REGISTER NOW!
Space is limited, so please register soon! Click HERE to register.
ACE - CONFERENCE OFFERINGS
As usual, we will also have many choral reading sessions, sponsored by JW Pepper, to grow your repertoire knowledge base. And finally, while attending the conference, please do not miss out on our conference performance session where we will feature Encore from Phoenix Children's Chorus and the Symphonic Choir from the University of Arizona. Make sure to mark your calendars now! Submitted by Matt Flora.
Join the 2020 AMEA Conference Reading Band!
AzSGM - CONFERENCE OFFERINGS
The Arizona Society for General Music (AzSGM) invites everyone of you to enjoy the amazing workshops, clinicians, and camaraderie of the 2020 AMEA In Service Conference. Our session highlights will span every area of the General Music scope and off a bit of something useful for all in attendance. You won’t want to miss sessions ranging from movement and folk dance all the way to ukulele and implementing children’s literature.
Our sessions are going to be headlined by two Portland based educators, Jon Crever and Lavonna Zeller-Williams-Bratschi. Jon Crever brings an in-depth lol into four sessions utilizing the tuneful, beatful, and artful techniques of Conversational Solfege and the Feiraband methods of teaching. Lavonna Zeller-Williams-Bratschi will be leading several eclectic workshops covering ukulele in the classroom, movement, and transforming poetry and song into amazing classroom experiences. Local educator Matt Pitts will also be doing two great Orff Schulwerk sessions on implementing the process with modern technology. With a strong group of sessions by these and many more educators you’ll definitely want to check out the AzSGM sessions at AMEA.
If your students would like to perform at the AMEA conference please fill out the this form to be a featured performance group of distinction on our Friday schedule. This group can range from a Ukulele Ensemble, to a grade of fantastic recorder players, a steel band, bucket drummers, Orff Ensemble, Music Tech Group, etc. Follow this link if you are interested. Deadline closes soon. Submitted by J.D. Denton.
AMEA Hall of Fame Awards Nominations - Due December 14
Winners of the awards are recognized at the Hall of Fame Luncheon at the 2020 AMEA Conference on January 31.
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. Submitted by Karalee Hagen.
COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE OFFERINGS
This year’s college sessions will feature presenters from the United States and Canada. When you attend the college sessions, you’ll be sure to experience the best professional development, inspiring ideas, and the latest in music research and innovation.
Keep an eye out for our Poster Research Sessionsand feel free to ask questions and interact with the presenters. Bring your own device and join Barb Ward and her team from Canada with Breezin’ Thru Theory for Performance Programs. Andrew Gekoskie will be presenting a compelling session titled The Music Behind the Notes. Gain valuable tools and practical information from Elisa Janson Jones with her sessions 5 Strategies for Superior Classroom Management and Funding Without Fundraising. You won’t want to miss Patrick Moore as he presents a session that provides an insightful presentation on Building A Music Program. Join Arthur Wright and Justin Morris with their highly practical session The Ins and the Outs of the Booster Organization: Helpful Tips for the Music Educator. On Saturday Morning join local phenom (now living and working in Texas) Stuart Shulman and his session titled Beyond the Dot: Innovating the Drill Learning Process with UDBapp. Innovative Tech Tools for Music Teachers with William Kinne will help you organize, mobilize and revitalize your teaching and finally you won’t want to miss the session by Molly Gebrian titled What Musicians Can Learn About Practicing from Current Brain Research.
We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2020! Submitted by Rob Hunter.