Arizona Music News

A Publication of the Arizona Music Educators Association

April 2020


Hello everyone. By now, I'm sure everyone is either engaged in remote learning, or preparing to be, as schools have been closed for the remainder of the academic year. Along with this, of course, we have had to cancel all remaining AMEA events through the end of May. David Waggoner, AMEA Executive Director wanted me to share the following with you:

Refunds for cancelled events will be sent out by April 30, 2020 to the district, school or specific group/individual that made the payment for the cancelled event. Invoices for cancelled events that as of yet have not been paid, have been voided. Payment for all outstanding invoices for events/activities that were not cancelled will still need to be paid this fiscal year.

This issue will share some other important information regarding NAfME national honors ensembles, tentative calendar dates, and more. I hope you are staying healthy and safe. Best wishes as you move forward with however your district has chosen to deliver instruction.

Scott Burgener

AMEA President 2019-2021

NAfME National Honor Ensembles Update

Typically, it is a requirement that students be a participant in their corresponding all-state group to be eligible for membership in a NAfME Honor Ensemble. Due to all-state being cancelled, the requirement for this year is that students must have participated in the regional festival and be sponsored by their director WHO MUST BE AN AMEA/NAfME MEMBER to audition. The application deadline has been extended to May 15, 2020. Please go here for more information.

From Your V-P of Professional Development

Greetings friends!

One of the areas that has blossomed during our current time interacting online is the availability of online PD hours! Some of our friends need these hours and all of us need a break to just think about what we love: music education. Here are a few "places" where teachers can earn hours through different types of study:

NAfME Academy: Professional Development Webinars AND Music Educator Journal articles. All of these come with a quiz at the end where you can earn hours and get a certificate of completion. There are OVER 100 HOURS available at the link.

International Music Education Summit: 7 free workshops

International Music Education Summit: 53 workshops for only $47

I look forward to seeing you soon! Keep being awesome!

Contributed by Julie Trent.

Tentative Dates for 2020-2021

Though the official AMEA calendar has not yet been approved, we would like to share with you the TENTATIVE dates of our large events for 2020-2021. Please remember, these dates could change.

High School Solo & Ensemble Tier 1 – January 16, 2021

Regional Auditions – January 22-23, 2021

AMEA In-Service Conference – January 29-30, 2021

Regional Festivals – February 19-20, 2021

All-State Auditions – March 12-13, 2021

All-State Festival – U of A – April 15-17, 2021 (tentative not confirmed with U of A)

Hey! You! Music Teacher!

If you are anything like me, you have been overwhelmed with the massive number of ideas to "help us" take our classes into the land of distance learning. BUT, our kids didn't sign up to take our class online. We don't all have the same online "stuff." We don't even have supplies at home for some of our students to do the thing they signed up to do in our awesome music class.

Some of us like technology and trying new ideas but in the end, we are all REALLY GOOD at doing this IN PERSON, in the music room, WITH PEOPLE. What does that mean? Well, it means we should do what is best for our kids without changing the classroom culture that we have been part of all year. BE YOU, even if that means not running an ensemble online. Treat the kids like kids. Teach something interesting that will help you connect with your kiddos. They will appreciate it and will look forward to that day when they finally get to find their chair and music stand in your room! Offer something that is creative and musically rewarding...something you might not make time for when you are usually at school.

Here are two notes I read from John Mylnczak (who happens to love making music online):

1. Engagement Over Assessment. Music is not created for a teacher to grade, it is created to make the world a more beautiful place. As we start online lessons, focus less on the grading and more on getting students engaged and making music together. I suggest more completion-based grading (100 points for sharing with 3 friends) over trying to grade performance or quality. Let's just start by getting students engaged and positive.

2. Mentorship Over Music. We all know as music teachers we have closer relationships with students than other teachers. And the music room is usually the safest place for kids, with them even coming before and after school and during lunch. At home alone in front of a screen they do not have this safe place anymore. Check on your babies. Continue to mentor them. Set up "sectional chats" just to talk. Remember that we as music teachers can be the greatest mentors and in this time kids need us more than ever.

So, work together. Ask questions (yes, your students can answer your questions about how to do this too). BE HUMAN. Be ok with ok because that will make our real classrooms even more incredible when we get them back!

Contributed by Julie Trent.

Copyright and Distance Learning

A few of you have asked questions regarding copyright issues in the age of distance learning. On March 30, NAfME sponsored a webinar by John Mlynczak, Noteflight CEO addressing online learning and copyright for music educators. I have attached the URL to the webinar so that you and your MEA leadership can help the membership in your states.

NAfME also has Virtual Learning Resources for Music Educators available on the NAfME website.

Submitted by Sam Tsugawa, NAfME Western District President

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David Waggoner, Executive Director

Scott Burgener, President