Arizona Music News

A publication of the Arizona Music Educators Association


Let's Celebrate Music in Arizona!

We want to share all the great things that are happening with music in our schools in Arizona! Please help us get the word out. You can now submit celebrations to the Arizona Music News! Just use this form to submit your celebration!

Meet Yamaha "40 Under 40" Educator Jenn Bock

Recently, Jenn Bock, assistant band director at Highland High School in Gilbert, was named one of the 40 Educators Under 40 who are making a difference in their programs. You can read about her here. There is also a Case Study about how Jenn shifted the culture of the marching band at Highland. Congratulations, Jenn!

ABODA Updates

ABODA is hosting another free professional development workshop in October!

What Musicians Can Learn About Practicing From Current Brain Research with Dr. Molly Gerbrian

5:00-6:00 PM, Monday October 18th

This presentation will focus on what neuroscientists have discovered about how our brains learn and how to apply these insights to practicing and teaching so that practicing becomes more efficient and effective, leading to enhanced performance ability, enjoyment, and confidence. Topics include how to get rid of bad habits, how to make things automatic/reliable, the role of sleep-in learning, the power of mental practicing, how to use the metronome to greatest effect, and the benefits of random practice for enhanced performance.

This Zoom session is open to all current Arizona NAfME members. All attendees will receive 1 hour of professional development credit from ABODA. CLICK HERE to register for the session.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Dr. Gerbrian.

General Music Showcase

Hello from AzSGM! We hope you are having a fantastic start to your year. We are getting excited for Conference on January 28 - 29, 2022 and are looking for groups to perform at the General Music Showcase on Friday the 28th! If you are interested in bringing your students, please complete the Group Application for AMEA Conference.

We're on Facebook @ Arizona Society of General Music here

and Instagram @azsocietyofgeneralmusic here

AMEA Hall of Fame Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2022 AMEA Hall of Fame Awards. These awards will be presented at the 2022 AMEA Conference. AMEA offers the following awards, all of which are nominated by the membership:

You can read about each award, see a list of past recipients, and submit a nomination on the awards page of the AMEA website. Please help us recognize our peers for a job well done! If you have any questions, please contact Scott Burgener, AMEA Past President. All nominations must be received no later than DECEMBER 14, 2021. Here is the video of last year's awards ceremony if you'd like to familiarize yourself with the awards a little more.

Submit Articles for the AZ Music News

We are looking for articles to include in future issues of the Arizona Music News. Please share any articles or information with Scott Burgener, AMEA Past-President. The electronic newsletter is published monthly from August through May.

Important Dates

10/15/2021 ACE AS Jazz Choir Recorded Audition Submissions Begin

10/18/2021 AMEA ES/JH AS Treble/Mixed Choir Nomination Registration Opens

10/18/2021 AMEA ES/JH Orchestra Nomination Registration Opens

10/22/2021 Deadline: ABODA Fall Concert Band Festival

10/22/2021 Deadline: ACE AS Jazz Choir Recorded Auditions

10/22/2021 Deadline: AMEA So AZ ES/JH Honor Band Nomination Registration - (gr 5-8)

10/22/2021 Deadline: AMEA So AZ ES/JH Honor Orch Nomination Registration - (gr 5-8)

10/25/2021 AMEA 7th & 8th Grade Band Audition Registration On AMEA Website Opens

10/25/2021 AMEA ES/JH AS 6th Grade Band Nomination Registration Opens

10/29/2021 Deadline: ABODA Conference Performance Submissions Due