Arizona Music News
A Publication of the Arizona Music Educators Association
March is "Music in Our Schools Month"
NAfME's Virtual Capitol Hill Project
- Michelle Irvin, Fine Arts Coordinator, Scottsdale Unified School District
- Rebecca Vogel, Fine Arts Coordinator, Phoenix Union High School District
- Renee Shane-Boyd, NAfME Western Division President
- Scott Burgener, Current AMEA President and Music Coordinator for Mesa Public Schools
- Darin Shryock, AMEA President-Elect
Items discussed were COVID relief funding for schools, ESSA and Title I, II, and IV funds, the Reopen and Rebuild America's Schools Act, and Arizona SB1400. Thank you to the AMEA committee for their participation in this project!
- These activities may not be led by certified teachers and may not follow established state and national standards.
- It is unclear whether state universities would accept credit earned in this fashion.
- This creates an equity issue for students who may not be able to afford to participate in such outside-of-school activities.
From what we understand, school funding won't be affected, but if students choose to do these activities outside of school, it likely could decrease enrollment in school music classes which could eventually lead to lost teaching positions for music educators.
The bill, introduced by Senator Paul Boyer, has gone through the Senate and has had it's first reading in the House. You may wish to contact your state representatives to share your opinion on this bill. You can find their contact information here.
AMEA and Constituent Board Elections
Biennial elections are held in accordance with the AMEA Bylaws. All candidates are members of NAfME and AMEA. Terms of office will begin in July 1, 2021 and end June 30, 2023.
Each current AMEA member is invited: 1) to vote for the AMEA Board of Directors, 2) to vote for the constituent organization offices which deal with his/her specific teaching area. Vote for only one candidate per office.
NOTE: A single open ballot is presented due to the fact that all AMEA members are eligible for membership in any of the constituent organizations.
Your username is your last name and password is your 9-digit membership number. If you do not know your membership number, contact David Waggoner, AMEA Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org to get the information.
Voting will end at midnight on April 5, 2021.
Results will be posted on the AMEA website.
Before you start the voting process, review the candidate bio's and pictures. Also, be sure to have your membership ID number readily available. Click here to vote.
Did you miss the 2021 AMEA Online Conference?
In Memoriam - Robert Nichols
Robert Ralph Nichols, 61 of Mesa, Arizona passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021 from pancreatic cancer. He was in his home, surrounded by his family.
Rob was born August 10, 1959 in Oxnard, California to Ralph Calvin Nichols (97) and Mary Belle Nichols. He married Jennifer Shanks in 1983. Rob was a loving father to his four amazing kids. Gregory Nichols (33), Kimberly Nichols(31), Brittney Nichols(20), and Andrew Nichols(18).
He attended Northern Arizona University where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education and then attended Arizona State University earning a Master’s in Cello Performance.
Rob taught orchestra at Mesa High School, Dobson High School and Benjamin Franklin High School. Rob volunteered his time serving both the Arizona Music Educators Association and Arizona Band and Orchestra Teachers Association in almost all positions. From 2009 to 2015 he served as President elect, President and Past President of the Arizona Music Educators Association. He was awarded the George C Wilson Leadership award, the OM Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Award, the Arizona Music Educator of the Year 2015, Teacher of the Year Ben Franklin High School 2019, and NAU's Alumni Achievement award in 2000. Highlights of his teaching career include two performances at Carnegie Hall in New York. But he would also say, “When the students and I connect during a performance and together we create really beautiful music, sometimes those moments are so emotional, and the tears just flow, those are the best moments.”
A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Trinity Church Mesa. A recording of the service is posted here.
The family wishes memorial donations be made to
Trinity Church - Rob Nichols Youth Scholarship Fund
2130 E University Mesa, AZ 85203 or online at trinitymesa.church
Mesa High School Rob Nichols Memorial Orchestra Fund - donate through school website or mail to (please include note with account title)
Mesa Public Schools
63 E Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
Dobson High School Rob Nichols Memorial Orchestra Fund - donate through school website or mail to (please include note with account title)
Mesa Public Schools
63 E Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
Benjamin Franklin High School https://hs.bfcsaz.com/giving/mr-nichols