Arizona Music News

A Publication of the Arizona Music Educators Association

January 2020

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to school! I hope you had a wonderful holiday break with family and friends, and that you've returned with lots of energy to kick off second semester. If you are looking for some additional energy, make sure you attend our upcoming conference in a few weeks!

We still have openings for boosters groups at our Advocacy 101 session. You can read about it below. We also have openings in our conference reading band, which you can read about below as well.

The conference GuideBook app is ready to go. You can use this to plan your schedule and read about sessions, clinicians, and exhibitors. Using the app will give you a more immersive conference experience. You can also rate sessions, access maps, and more! Read below for more information.

Let's INVESTIGATE, INNOVATE, and INVIGORATE! Hope to see you at Conference 2020!

Scott Burgener

AMEA President 2019-2021

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AMEA Conference Guidebook App

We're excited to announce we have a mobile conference program for you to use on an app called Guidebook! Get the guide to access the most up-to-date information about our event, including schedules, maps, and much more.

1. Go to

2. Tap the "download" button to get the free Guidebook app.

3. Open the Guidebook app and look for the guide: AZMEA Conference 2020.

See you there!

ACE Conference Sessions


Welcome to the 2020 AMEA Conference! What a wonderful experience we have ahead of us… as educators, we often forget just how valuable the opportunity to learn from each other is. It is now our time and opportunity to come together, share in our triumphs and struggles, and renew our fervor for our craft for our own benefit, and most importantly, for our students.

Dr. Carol Krueger

ACE is proud to present renowned clinician, conductor, adjudicator, and author, Dr. Carol Krueger. Dr. Krueger’s sessions with one goal in mind: helping choral educators in Arizona foster a community of singers who are also adept at their craft. Dr. Krueger will be presenting a series of specific techniques that can be applied to ensembles so that students not only sing beautifully, but understand what they are doing so they can become independent

musicians within the group.

Dr. David Thye

We have a riddle for you: are you a vocalist, instrumentalist, or both? ACE is pleased to present Dr. David Thye and the Arizona Cantilena Chorale. Dr. Thye and the Chorale are here to remind us: WE are our own instrument! Come and invigorate your vocal pedagogy skills with a new take on the fundamentals for a healthy and vibrant vocal tone. This experience will allow you to apply what you learn to a wide array of ensembles. Dr. Thye’s experience and expertise is sure to provide you with the skills to invigorate your group and take your program’s performances to a new level.

Innovate. Investigate. Invigorate.

Innovate. We all know the fundamentals of music and singing themselves don’t change. But the way in which we present music to our students can make or break their desire to keep singing. Rather than sitting on your own attempting to create a new and innovative idea on how to teach something yourself, learn from your colleagues! We have sessions available regarding technology, rehearsal techniques, and unique and never-before offered reading sessions to support your ability to engage your students from year to year.

Investigate. Does movement help with an ensemble sound? Can music from around the world help me teach and reinforce fundamental concepts to my ensemble? How do I support my students in making autonomous musical decisions within the ensemble? How can a shift in my conducting impact the group, and where do I even begin? Music educators need to investigate these things in order to keep honing in on our skills and providing the best version of ourselves for our students.

Invigorate. Things we think about but don’t often talk about enough… organization, boosters, advocacy, assessment… how do we incorporate these necessary things into our programs? Beyond that, how can music benefit our mental and emotional well-being and that of our students? How can we avoid teacher burnout? Explore sessions around all of these topics to help step your game up an extra level, and find ways to make your job more streamlined and successful so you can continue to positively impact students for years to come.

Submitted by Elena Colombe.

Join the AMEA Conference Reading Band!

Attention band friends!!! Our AMEA VP of Professional Development, Julie Trent, is organizing a fun session for members of all ages to play new music together on Friday afternoon at the AMEA Conference. The 2020 AMEA Conference Reading Band is a great chance to diversify your repertoire and meet new people. PLUS, the music that we play will be available for purchase at the JW Pepper booth in the exhibit hall on Saturday. This session is for current and retired directors, collegiate members, and Tri-M members. The band will be conducted by Dr. Elliott Tackitt, instructor of wind band conducting at Arizona State University, and repertoire will include music by the following composers: Jay Coles, Naoya Wada, Cait Nishimura, Nicole Piunno, Kimberly Archer, Julie Giroux, Haley Woodrow, Jodie Blackshaw, Daniel Montoya, Jr., Erika Svanoe, Chandler L. Wilson, and Jason Taurins. WE LOOK FORWARD TO PLAYING NEW MUSIC WITH ALL OF YOU!!!! Sign up today for the band and be sure to register for the conference on the AMEA website. Submitted by Julie Trent.

NAfME National and Division Elections

We need you to vote for your National and Western Division NAfME officers! The voting window is January 14 - February 12. We want to set a voting record for our division! Last time, only about 5 percent of the division participated in the election. We can do better! Go here to learn about the candidates and vote when the window opens.

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.

ADVOCACY 101 Session for Boosters Groups

AMEA will be presenting a free session at conference just for your booster/advocacy groups! This session will be held on Saturday, February 1 at 2:00 pm in Arizona Ballroom D. Booster groups are invited to register up to 2 persons each to attend this session. Presented by AMEA Advocacy Chair Stephanie Campbell, AMEA President Scott Burgener, and NAfME State Advocacy Manager Matt Barusch, Advocacy 101 will help train booster groups to better advocate for the music programs at their schools. Remember, it's always best to be prepared so if an advocacy situation arises, it can be dealt with head on rather than turning into a crisis.

Space is limited, so please register soon! Click HERE to register.


Please plan on visiting our many conference vendors that are exhibiting a variety of products and materials. Even better, plan on doing some business! The following vendors will be joining us at the conference this year:
  • DeMoulin Uniforms
  • Fruhauf Uniforms
  • Formal Fashions
  • World's Finest Chocolates
  • Snap! Raise
  • Zag/Fiesta
  • Custom Fundraising
  • Uplifting Promotions
  • Victory
  • Grand Canyon
  • Sound Education Programs
  • Zellerwear
  • Music Enrichment Foundation
  • Talbot Real Estate Team
  • Music For All
  • AMEA
  • AZ Dept of Education
  • AzMBA
  • Mesa Arts Center
  • Bob Rogers Travel
  • Hawaii Tours
  • Forum Festivals
  • Educational Performance Tours
  • Music Celebrations International
  • Disney Youth Programs
  • Medieval Times
  • Phoenix Children's Chorus
  • Phoenix Youth Symphony
  • Arizona Academy
  • Rosie's House
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Arizona
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Glendale Community College
  • Eastern Arizona College
  • Grand Canyon University
  • BYU-Idaho
  • JW Pepper
  • Milano's Music
  • Music and Arts
  • Eastman Music
  • Sam Ash
  • Quaver
  • Malmark
  • Barbershop Harmony
  • Sweet Adelines
  • Romeo Music
  • Ultimate Drill Book
  • Breezin' Thru
  • Mike Nye Repair
  • String Riffs
  • Conn-Selmer
  • Mountain Peak Music
  • Riverton Piano
  • Sujoy Strings
  • Pearson K-12 Learning
  • The Academy Shop


1/17 ABODA AS Jazz Band Participation Registration

1/17 AMEA ES/JH AS Band Participation Registration

1/17 AMEA Northern AZ MS SE/Regional Auditions

1/24 AMEA ES/JH AS Choir Participation Registration

1/24 AMEA ES/JH AS Orchestra Participation Registration

1/29 AMEA In-Service Conference Pre-Registration

1/31 AMEA HS S & E Honor Festival Registration - Tier 2 - On AMEA website

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