Arizona Music News
A Publication of the Arizona Music Educators Association
AMEA Events for this School Year
Hello! We hope you and your family are well, and that you are making it through these difficult times. No doubt this is going to be a very unique school year. At this time, AMEA does plan to provide festival opportunities this year, whether in person or online. Festivals will be held on the dates that are currently on the AMEA calendar.
AMEA is dedicated to providing a performance opportunity for students, whether in person or online, that will grow their skills as musicians, encourage them to become leaders, and promote a lifelong appreciation of music. The safety of the students and the directors is of the utmost importance to AMEA. Information regarding the format of AMEA festivals will be coming out at a later date.
We are planning on keeping festival dates as they are. We will notify you of the format of each festival (either in-person or online) as the festival gets closer.
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Advocacy Information to Share with Your Boosters
Contact your school board and thank them for keeping music in the schools during the pandemic.
Music provides the opportunity for students to be creative, share their emotions and be part of something bigger than themselves. The act of music making engages students socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. Music making requires critical thinking and collaborative learning. It teaches every student that they have a direct and personal effect on the group’s overall success and struggles. Music has also been proven to relieve stress and calm fears; which is possibly more important now than ever before.
If your school board postponed music education, reach out to them and let them know what valuable lessons students are missing by not having music in their lives.
Continue to work with the music teachers at your school.
What are their current needs in the classroom? How can you help them transition back into in person from virtual teaching? What resources are needed to make the music classroom safe and successful?
Continue to support the students.
Musical opportunities may be different than what was offered in the past and students may be struggling with what they are missing. How can your booster group help the students cope? Be creative and open to new experiences for them. Think outside the box!
Together we will make this school year as special and educational as possible. If you would like access to more information and resources, please visit the NAfME website and the latest news from the AZ Department of Education.