Arizona Music News
A Publication of the Arizona Music Educators Association
Notes from the AMEA President
Hello everyone! AMEA and your constituent organizations have been hard at work preparing the 2020 AMEA Conference! There are going to be lots of outstanding sessions to choose from. Our next issue in December will be all about the conference. In the meantime, make sure you are getting yourself registered to attend! You can do this on the AMEA website. Also, be sure to check out our conference awards and nominate some well-deserving folks!
There are also some other exciting things in the works. With the help of Guitar Ex-Officio Chuck Hulihan, AMEA is in the process of creating an all-state festival for guitar for the 2020-21 school year. We will share more info as soon as it is available. Our Advocacy Ex-Officio, Stephanie Campbell, is working hard gathering contact information for booster groups in our state so that we can team up and advocate for music education together! Our constituent organization boards have also been working hard to bring you and your students many high quality musical opportunities.
We all try and do everything possible to make your membership in this organization worth it. Please help us by encouraging your colleagues to become members, especially those new teachers who may not understand the benefits. Thank you for all that you do!
AMEA President 2019-2021
AzSGM Fall Workshop
We hope to see you all there.
John Denton, AzSGM President
AMEA Conference Exhibit News
There are some exciting things happening in the AMEA Conference exhibit area for the upcoming conference. We have listened to both exhibitors and members saying they would like some additional exhibit time. When you see the final schedule this year you will see additional exhibitor time in the schedule to allow the attendees more time and not feel so rushed during the breaks allowing you to accomplish more with the exhibitors. Below are some suggestions to possibly make your time even more productive.
- Contact exhibitors prior to the conference.
- Verify that they are going to be exhibiting and now is a good time to check with them. If you let them know that you are looking to do some specific business with them that will encourage some to sign up and attend if they are waffling. You could be the driving force.
- Vendors would be happy to have you arrive with a P.O. to purchase items, bring a credit card (district or your own), provide you with supplies, music, a special deal on an instrument, and more. I would suggest you contact them in advance, let them know specifics and you will more than likely be able to “walk away” with product in hand. Avoids shipping charges etc.
- The list of vendors will be updated prior to the conference and will allow you to plan accordingly.
- The additional time will allow more time directly with the exhibitors and more time to visit with your colleagues.
If you are wondering if a specific exhibitor is registered feel free to contact Michael Miller, AMEA Conference Exhibits Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will respond immediately and many times you can have more influence with an exhibitor that you do business with than he can. It would only help all of us. All it takes is a phone call to them and a little planning. Your help and encouragement make it better for everyone in attendance! Contributed by Michael Miller.
AMEA Hall of Fame Awards Nominations - Due December 14
Winners of the awards are recognized at the Hall of Fame Luncheon at the 2020 AMEA Conference on January 31.
AMEA Music Educator of the Year Award - requires two recommendation letters
O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Music Award - requires two recommendation letters
George C. Wilson Leadership/Service Award - requires one recommendation letter
Raymond C. Van Diest Music Advocacy Award - requires one recommendation letter
Outstanding Administrator Award - requires one recommendation letter
William E. Richardson Retired Member Service Award - requires support info on the application
Thank you for all you do for music, for children, and for each other. Contributed by Karalee Hagen.
Has your Booster Group joined the registry yet?
11/15/19 - ABODA All-State Jazz Band Audition Registration
11/15/19 - AMEA High School Solo & Ensemble Tier 1 Registration
11/22/19 - AMEA 7th/8th Grade All-State Band Online Audition Submission
11/22/19 - AMEA ES/JH All-State Orchestra Nominations
11/22/19 - AMEA ES/JH All-State Treble/Mixed Choir Nominations
11/29/19 - AMEA Regional Audition Registration