Arizona Music News

A Publication of the Arizona Music Educators Association

September 2020

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.

AMEA High School Solo and Ensemble Festival News

This school year, we will only be offering Tier 1 of the State High School Solo and Ensemble Festival. This will be held either live or online in January. More information regarding the format of the festival will be shared later this year. The date will be Saturday, January 16, 2021. There will not be a Tier 2 this school year.

Elections for 2021-2023

Very soon it will be time for elections for the 2021-2023 biennium. We hope you will consider running for an AMEA office. If you have any questions, or would like to notify us of your interest in running, please contact Karalee Hagen at no later than December 1, 2020.

2021 AMEA Conference Will Be Online!

Join us for the annual AMEA In-Service conference, which will be held ONLINE this year on January 29-30, 2021. Plans are currently in progress, and more details will be shared as soon as we have them. It will be an outstanding event, and we hope you can join us!

Advocacy Information to Share with Your Boosters

The Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA) would like to thank you for your continued support of music in the schools. Students and teachers are finding creative ways to keep the musical arts going in the classroom/online. The collective voice of music boosters may be more important now than ever before. Here are some things you can do:

  • 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.

Teaching Resources Database

New on the AMEA website... a list of teaching resources put together by teachers, for teachers. Do you have a teaching resource to share with the other music teachers in our state? If so, please fill out this form. Do you need some specific information to help with some aspect of your teaching? If so, check out the AMEA Teacher Resources Database to see if there's something that can help!

In Memoriam, Bill Engelsman

We are saddened to report the passing of longtime Arizona orchestra educator Bill Engelsman. Bill was a prominent member of the music community here in Arizona. He taught for nearly 40 years in the Mesa Public Schools. He was funny, joyous, energetic, and had a great passion for hearing, playing, and teaching great music. Bill made a huge impact on countless lives as a public school educator and private teacher.

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