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Wyoming Windsong - December 2014 - News-in-Brief

Wyoming Music Educators Association

WMEA Members - Your Winter Windsong should be in your hands by December 6. The journal includes a Conference Insert - a pull-out section of all things conference. Enjoy!


It’s winter in the Rockies and the busiest time for music teachers – but also the time to register for the 2015 WMEA State Music Conference! Take advantage of the online registration before the December 19 deadline.

Our 2015 professional development conference is scheduled for January 18-20, in Sheridan. In addition to the outstanding performances by the All-State Honor Ensembles, the 2015 conference offers something for everyone. A broad range of session topics will be available in the band, choral, string, elementary, jazz, collegiate, technology and in-ovations strands.

Join your colleagues and friends for the annual WMEA Banquet. Socialize and celebrate the accomplishments of your fellow teachers on Monday, January 19, at 7:00 PM. Recipients of the 25 Years of Service, Outstanding Teachers, Distinguished Service, and Give-a-Note will be honored.

Remember to schedule time during the conference to visit the exhibit area. The exhibitors offer outstanding resources for both music educators and students.

Pre-register for the 2015 WMEA State Music Conference today!


The annual WMEA State Music Conference is the comprehensive event for Wyoming music educators to experience top-notch professional development. All events take place at Sheridan High School. This year's conference includes sessions in best practices, special learners, technology, pedagogy, effective teaching, sight-reading, repertoire, integration, curriculum and more.


55 Clinic Sessions in Band, Choral, Elementary, Collegiate/Technology, In-Ovations and Jazz.

6 Performing groups.

30 Presenters, 20+ Exhibitors and over 600 student and teacher attendees.


Opening Night Concert, Sunday at 7:30 PM, will feature Lovell Elementary, Sheridan High School Orchestra, Sheridan County Children’s Chorale, SHS Marimba Choir, and a special choral finale.

General sessions include the keynote speaker for the 2015 WMEA State Music Conference Northwest Division President, Mark Lane, as well as the Division Meetings and WMEA General Assembly.

The Gala All-State Concert is Tuesday at 7:00 PM at Sheridan High School.


The exhibit area is open both Monday and Tuesday of the conference and corresponds with the session times and is also open during the lunch break.

Nationally Recognized Clinicians

Dr. Milton Allen (Band), Dr. Eric Richards (Jazz), David Branson (Band), Brenda Brenner (Strings), Dr. David Frego (Elementary), Matthew Garrett (Cross-Curricular), Georgina Phillipson (Choral), Karen Stafford (Cross-Curricular).


NAfME is the best resource for information about advocacy, classroom support, articles and discussions through its website. Check out the NAfME website at - here are a few examples. You can also follow NAfME on Facebook and Twitter.

Lesson Plans

NAfME members can use the My Music Class® library to find teaching ideas and resources that incorporate the National Music Standards. With the My Music Class® tool, you can sort by subjects like chorus, orchestra, or mariachi and find your age group and topic. More

Music Activities and Warm-Up Ideas to Wake Up Your Class!

Do you have an early morning music class where you can’t seem to get the students alert and focused? Here are some great ideas from NAfME members to help you. More

Open call for 2015 NAfME National Conference Proposals

NAfME’s 2015 National In-Service Conference will be held in Nashville, TN at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center from October 25–28, 2015. Proposals are due by December 19, 2014. More

DATEWATCH . . . December/January

  • December 5, 2014 - All-State Jazz Auditions Due
  • January 18, 2015 - WMEA Executive Board Meeting
  • January 18, 2015 - All-State Opening Night Concert 7:30 PM
  • January 18-20, 2015 - WMEA All-State Conference
  • January 20, 2015 - All-State Gala Concert 7:00 PM
  • January 20, 2015 - WMEA General Assembly